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Join Us to Get Out the Vote!

Election Day is right around the corner, and the stakes are high on issues that affect all of us. Help us protect health care access and other important social services for those who need them most! Between now and November 6, you can join in and make sure our community’s voice is heard.

From phone banking to going door to door to prepping campaign materials, there’s something for everybody to do. As a thank you to our dedicated volunteers, food and refreshments will be provided.

Remember, your passion can make a huge a difference in the lives and health of your family and our community.

Volunteer Hours Available

Phone Banking:

Thursday 4:00pm – 8:00pm (Commerce Campaign Office)

Canvassing (going door to door) in Los Angeles and Orange County:

Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm
Sunday 3:00pm-7:00pm

Campaign Office Location:
5211 E Washington Blvd., Suite 15
Commerce, CA 90040

Please remember to wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

For more information contact Cynthia Romo at 323-201-9704 or cyromo@altamed.org.

Can’t make it out to volunteer? Don’t forget to vote on November 6.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Vote!

The 2022 midterm elections are fast approaching. These elections hold tremendous importance, and the results will impact every American. That’s why it’s essential to vote.

This year’s election, held nationally on Tuesday, November 8, goes beyond who will represent us in Congress. Voters will also elect representatives at the state, county, and city levels. Additionally, your vote will determine how California and its cities will move forward on important propositions, including reproductive rights, women's health, and other health care-related issues.

Here are five reasons why you should register to vote, vote early, and vote often:

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1. Elections have consequences. Every vote matters.

You have the power to make key decisions on the quality of life you want for yourself, your family, and your community. Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you care about like affordable housing, economic justice, environmental protection, and quality education.

While Presidential or other national elections draw significant attention, midterm and local elections typically see less voter turnout. A Portland State University study found that fewer than 15% of eligible voters were turning out to vote for Mayors, Council Members, and other local offices.

Low turnout means that important local issues are determined by a limited group of voters, making a single vote even more statistically meaningful. While certain propositions may be popular, and therefore seem like a sure thing, they can fail if people stay home.

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2. It’s your right. Not voting is giving up your voice.

Today, most American citizens over the age of 18 are entitled to vote in federal and state elections, but voting was not always a right for all Americans.

Because the Constitution did not specifically say who could vote, this question was largely left to the states in the 1800s. While no longer explicitly excluded, voter suppression is a problem in many parts of the country.

It was not until the 15th Amendment was passed in 1869 that black men were allowed to vote. But even so, many would-be voters faced measures meant to discourage them from exercising that right. This would continue until the 24th Amendment in 1964, which eliminated the poll tax, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which ended Jim Crow laws. Women were denied the right to vote until 1920, when the long efforts of the women’s suffrage movement finally resulted in the 19th Amendment.

Later, in 1971, the American voting age was lowered to 18, building on the idea that if a person was old enough to serve their country in the military, they should be allowed to vote.

It took many years of marching, protesting, and fighting for all of us to have the right to vote. Use your right. Exert your power.

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3. It's your money.

One way or the other, every person in our community pays taxes – both citizens and non-citizens. And yet, most people don’t know how that money is being used. Voting is your chance to choose how your tax dollars are spent, such as additional funding for health care and social services. This happens both through your vote on specific propositions and ballot measures, as well as those we elect to leadership positions that commit to supporting key social services in our communities.

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4. Voting is an opportunity for change.

Do you want to make a positive impact in your community? Voting gives you that chance! There are many social issues affected by elections, including (but not limited to) gay marriage, reproductive rights, environmental issues, public education, etc. Social issues affect everyone in one way or another. To have a say in who gets to determine social agendas, it’s essential to vote.

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5. The community depends on you!

Our communities are made up of family, friends, loved ones, neighbors, and children. Some may not know how important voting is, while others cannot vote. Make the decision to vote to be a voice for yourself and those around you.

Make sure your voice is heard – your vote is your health. Vote!

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Being the change you want to see.

Help make a difference in your community during this general election and join our us in the My Vote. My Health.™ initiative. By visiting our website, you can check your registration status, voting locations, and download other resources to help get out the vote in your community.

In the June 2022 primary election, we reached over 209,000 new and low propensity Latino voters in our Orange County and Los Angeles County AltaMed service areas. We also hosted a total of 17 voting locations at various clinic sites.

If you do not quality to vote, you can still participate.

If you are not yet 18 (if you are at least 16 years of age you can pre-register to vote in the state of California), or are not a United States citizen, you can still participate in the following ways:

  • Get informed. Read up on issues (both local and national) and figure out where you stand. Our partners at the League of Women Voters and California Plus Health Advocates both offer helpful information about what to expect on this year’s ballot.
  • Get out and talk to people. Even if you cannot vote, you can still voice opinions in public forums. When people engage each other about the issues, we stand to become better-informed citizens.
  • Volunteer. You can work with outreach campaigns by volunteering to get out the vote in your community through phone banks, door-to-door outreach, and texting. To volunteer at AltaMed, click here.
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Make Your Voice Heard & Help AltaMed Make a Difference

This November 6, California will vote on major issues that will affect our state and everyone who lives here for years to come.

Some of the propositions on the ballot include measures related to:
 

  • Affordable housing and controlling the costs of rentals (Propositions 1 & 10)
  • Permanent supportive housing that could help reduce homelessness (Proposition 2)
  • Building and expanding hospitals that provide care for low-income children (Proposition 4)
  • There’s even a measure on the ballot that has an impact on the food we eat (Proposition 12).

All of us at AltaMed encourage you to learn more about the issues and vote. Your choices will have direct impact on California’s health care and social services. Whether you were born here or have taken another path to citizenship, voting is a privilege that gives you an active role in creating a better life for yourself and your community.

Volunteer to Make a Difference

Voting is a good start: It only takes a few votes to change the outcome of an election. In addition to getting registered and casting your vote, you can get your friends, neighbors and the entire community activated. We need volunteers to help us spread the word. Now until Election Day, we’re making phone calls and going door to door to share educational materials to remind our communities to vote on November 6th. All you have to do to make a difference is put on your walking shoes and join us for a few hours!

Our campaign office is located at
5211 E. Washington Blvd., Suite 15
Commerce, CA 90040

Volunteer opportunities available:

Thursdays: Phone Banking 4pm – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Canvassing:
Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Sunday, 3pm – 7pm

Food will be provided for all volunteers.

To learn more, contact Cynthia Romo at 323-201-9704 or cyromo@altamed.org.

Join Us to Get Out the Vote!