November 8th isn’t a trailhead meeting date, it’s the trip exit date.
It's a deadline, not a starting time.
Nov 8th is the LAST day to vote in the mid-term elections.
Right now, in the final days leading up to the deadline, we must prepare. Attend community events. Ask tough questions. Read voting guides - whether online or the one that comes with your mail-in ballot. Reflect on what really matters most to you - what change do you want to see in your local community, and in your state?
Climbers Cutting Carbon is not here to reinvent the wheel or tell you what decisions to make. Instead, we provide tools and guidance, and encourage you to make a positive impact in your community and on your environment.
First, we recommend reading through the bullet points under each heading on our homepage. Then, do your research and see which marks on your ballot will align with each item on our roadmap.
Here are a few resources we’ve found helpful:
American Alpine Club (AAC) - A Climber's Voter Guide
This includes a mid-term election guide formatted like a climbing route guide. It’s well done and entertaining, well worth a look. This is followed by several articles about climbing and politics to inspire you with the impact of your vote.
Coalition Snow - Everything You Need to Know About the 2022 Mid-Term Elections
This guide focuses on hot topics, like which states have abortion or slavery on the ballot this election. They also list each state's voter registration deadlines for mail-in and in-person, and pinpoint the key races in each state.
Patagonia - Midterm Elections
Click “Make a Plan to Vote” to begin researching candidates and measures, save your choices, and confirm where you can vote in person or drop your ballot.
Protect Our Winters - Midterms Matter
A strong perspective on how we need to treat voting, and our preparations for it, like we do our outdoor pursuits. Just like recreating outdoors, the tiniest details can have a huge impact.
Interesting Facts About Voting You Might Not Know:
If you want to vote in person, you probably don’t have to do it on Nov 8. Many voting centers have early voting leading up to the final date. This is a great way to save time by not waiting in line, and allows you to show off that you voted before the last day so you can inspire others to vote.
If you missed the registration deadline to vote by mail, you can still register to vote in person, during early voting, or on Nov 8th, and still vote. (Except for North Carolina - they seem to have a deadline of Nov 5th.) Double check deadlines for your state using the links above!
Not everyone in your community is eligible to vote. Many of the people we interact with everyday, who are the most susceptible to the results of elections, are not able to vote. Voting rights are on many ballots, depending on the state you live in.
This is an exciting, and exhausting, time of year. Yet, as POW outlined, preparation helps us attain the results we're after, much like on an outdoor adventure. Commit to the act of voting like you would commit to a big climbing project.
If you want to share that commitment, take the Climbers Cutting Carbon pledge, and make sure to click the first box for “committing politically.”