I’m sure you’ve heard the saying going around that we all need to set our clocks back an hour this weekend—and if Romney wins, to set our clocks back 70 years on Tuesday. Truly, this is one of the most important elections in my generation’s lifetime, especially considering that we have up to four Supreme Court justices ready for retirement soon—and we have dozens of idiot conservative men who think that women’s bodies magically shut off from getting pregnant during rape, that incest is “rare,” and that women are basically property to be controlled and forcibly kept pregnant at all costs.
There are plenty of other reasons why we need to keep President Obama in office—the healthcare law itself, for example—but being a woman and having my life threatened like this is, you know, sort of important to me.
So in order to keep him around, here’s your handy dandy election checklist.
Go vote. This one is easy enough. Check your local laws about identification requirements, polling times, and locations to make sure you don’t encounter any bumps in the road during the whole process. That happened to me during the Kerry election year and I was pretty pissed off. Thankfully we got it sorted out just in time, but my vote almost wasn’t even counted.
Talk it up. Make sure everyone you know who supports the president goes out and votes for him. Offer to provide rides if you can. Post facts on your Facebook page, your blog, or anywhere else you can and make sure to tell people why you’re voting for Obama. If you have friends who are pro-choice or simply believe women are, you know, people, but are thinking about voting for Romney, please talk to them and voice your concerns.
Volunteer. You can still canvass and phone bank up until the election; check your local Democrat election office for specific needs. Work the polls with a sign for Obama—just make sure you follow local laws about how far away you must be from the actual voting location. You might be able to walk through your neighborhood giving out literature, posting signs in prominent locations, or perform many other necessary volunteer duties.
We can win this election, but we need everyone to vote and to help out—and this is one election that we simply cannot afford to sit out. The decisions made during the next term will directly affect the health of my daughter and yours, my mother and yours—of you and me.