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2020 Election: Women's Health is On the Ballot

2020 is an election year, and women’s health is on the ballot. Engaging in the electoral process is one of the most critical ways to impact the health care your community receives, ensure your elected representatives work to support your practices and your patients, and hold politicians accountable to evidence-based policies.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020, which is right around the corner! The stakes just keep getting higher for our specialty and our patients. That’s why ACOG is leading the charge to ensure that the voices of the ob-gyn community are heard at the polls this year and that all of our members are inspired, informed, and ready to Get Out the Vote! 

In the coming weeks, we will continue to add voter information, social media content, physician stories, and more to help you make a voting plan, choose the candidates you support, and spread the word about the importance of voting. Check back regularly for new information and resources, and keep an eye on our social media channels for real-time updates.

Make Your Voting Plan

Confirm Your Voter Registration Status

First things first: Are you registered to vote? You can confirm your registration status at the following websites:

Go ahead and do that now before you read on – it’s important!

See Your Options for Voting Early & By Mail

Mailing in your ballot or early in-person voting may be a good option for physicians with busy schedules – or for anyone looking to limit potential COVID exposure by avoiding busy polling locations on Election Day. Each state has different laws about early voting and mail-in voting. Learn more about the options in your state:

If you do plan to vote by mail, request your ballot today! You’ll want to make sure to mail in your ballot by early- to mid-October to ensure that it arrives in time. It’s also a good idea to follow up with a call in a week or two, to make sure your ballot has been received and processed without any issues.

What's on Your Ballot?

What’s on the ballot? While you’re looking up your voting options, you can also learn about what will be on your ballot this year. The Presidential election gets a lot of press, but even very local offices like school board can have a big impact on day to day life in your community! And while everyone will be voting on the next President, different states, counties, and cities have different governing structures and term lengths for many offices, so many of the federal, state, and local offices you’ll be voting on depend on where you live. 

For example, all of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for election every two years, so everyone will vote on one House seat this year. However, the 100 seats of the U.S. Senate rotate in three separate classes, so only about a third of the U.S. Senate seats are up for election every two years. Will you be voting for a U.S. Senator this year?

Your state and local elections will also depend on your jurisdiction. Are you in one of the 11 states or two territories that will be electing a Governor this year? Will you be voting on state legislators, judges, sheriffs, or commissioners? You’ll want to start thinking about all of this before you head to the polls!

We’ll keep updating this page with more information about how and why to Get Out The Vote this year. Keep an eye out for emails and social media posts as well, and please help us spread the word by forwarding, sharing, and retweeting. We can’t let this opportunity pass us by – there’s too much at stake. Women’s health is on the ballot!