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5 Reasons Local Elections Matter

November 4, 2013

FB ad VG4Election Day is Tomorrow – do you know who you’re voting for?

Here are 5 reasons to vote tomorrow:

1. Local elected officials impact your access to reproductive health care. Having an unfriendly politician at the local level can mean less funding for pregnancy prevention programs and more restrictions on how you can access healthcare. Just look at the city of Albuquerque, where a dangerous anti-choice municipal ballot initiative could ban abortions, with no exceptions, from 20 weeks on. How much more local could reproductive rights get?

2. It’s free! Can you think of a better way to make a difference without shelling out the big bucks? Plus, lots of your money is at stake; local officials make daily decisions about money and taxes.

3. Your vote matters more. In the Presidential election, it’s hard to see your vote in action (especially here in New York). Because fewer folks vote in the local elections, you have a real chance to turn the tide. Many local elections are decided by fewer than 100 votes.

4. The candidates are just like you. Their kids probably go to the public schools in your town. They drive on the same roads you do. You are much more likely to run into your mayor than President Obama at the grocery store. Local politicians often have your best interests at heart because they live here too.

5. You can. There are many countries that would love the opportunity to decide the fate of major issues in their communities. You’ve got the opportunity – so seize it.

That’s why we want you to be informed when you hit the polls on Tuesday. Check out the PPHP Action Fund Political Committee voter guide. The PPHP Action Fund Political Committee endorses candidates who will protect and defend the full range of women’s health care, including birth control, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and safe and legal abortion.

After viewing the voter guide, catch up with the PPHP Action Fund on Facebook and Twitter. And then, VOTE. Election day is this Tuesday, November 5th, and the polls are open from 6am to 9pm.

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