IS ABLE TO VOTE
SERVING AGAIN TO KEEP POLLING STATIONS OPEN
The COVID-19 pandemic is endangering the upcoming November election. There is a severe shortage of poll workers volunteering this year due to health concerns for over half of the volunteers aged sixty-five or over. Without poll workers, there will be a massive reduction in the number of polling sites throughout the nation, reducing voter turnout and possibly putting the legitimacy of the entire election in jeopardy.
Our veterans have already helped others around the world be able to enjoy the democratic freedoms we enjoy here. They worked to ensure successful elections in Iraq and Afghanistan.
THE HARD TRUTH
POLLING STATIONS DON'T HAVE ENOUGH VOLUNTEERS FOR 2020
ELECTION VOLUNTEERS AGE 65+
In person ballots cast during 2016 presidential election
If we fail to act, we will disenfranchise the same Americans historically excluded from voting.
Members of historically marginalized groups voted in person at higher rates. In a 2018 census report, Black Americans were the most likely racial group tracked to participate in in-person voting, at 88 percent, and the least likely to vote through the mail. Native Americans, younger voters with less stable mailing addresses, the homeless, voters with disabilities and those who need language assistance all use in-person voting more heavily.
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO HELP DEFEND DEMOCRACY
This upcoming presidential election is important. Community Activist and Veteran Vincent Morales believes that a Defending Democracy Mission is needed to ensure that all voters are safe at the polls. Morales says, “Poll workers are generally senior citizens and with this pandemic at hand, we are in danger of not having the polls open to even vote.”
It is his idea to create a Defending Democracy Mission that is not only aimed at Veterans and the First Responder Community, but to every able-bodied citizen that can help ensure we can vote. His organization is looking for volunteers to help on this mission.
Morales takes freedom to vote very seriously because on December 22, 2004 his chow hall on FOB Marez in Mosul, Iraq was blown up by a suicide bomber killing 23 Americans. In less than 30 days, his unit 1-25th Infantry Division helped the Iraqis in their first free elections on January 30, 2005. Morales believes no matter how a person votes Mentoring the Force wants to ensure their ability to vote.
Mentoring the Force is a newly formed Missouri not for profit organization that is committed to developing a coalition of pre-existing services to work in collaboration within community partners to support Warriors transition process starting at the in-service level. Mentoring the Force provides Warriors with what they do not know they need in the form of guidance and progressive positive community engagement. An ounce of prevention weighs more than a pound of solution is their motto.