The 2020 U.S. election is underway, with just days until Election Day on November 3, 2020. Since late August, each issue of NAFSA.news, NAFSA's weekly email newsletter to members, has included a simple action you can take take to support advocacy efforts for the international education community.
This week’s checklist item:
- If you haven't done so already, vote! If you're planning to vote in person, review these guidelines on how to vote safely at the polls.
Previous checklist items:
- Aug. 25: Confirm your voter registration or register to vote.
- Sept. 1: Research your state's voting options. (U.S. citizens living outside the United States can visit the Overseas Vote Foundation.)
- Sept. 8: Sign up for emails from Connecting Our World.
- Sept. 15: Look up your elected officials and follow them—and candidates running against them—on social media.
- Sept. 22: Share international student stories—see NAFSA's international student profiles or "The Faces of International Education" from International Educator magazine—with your networks.
- Sept. 29: Already registered to vote? Reach out to three contacts you think may not be.
- Oct. 6: Read up on NAFSA's policy priorities and compare them to candidates' positions on these issues.
- Oct. 13: Whether you are voting by mail or in person, make your plan to vote.
- Oct. 20: You probably know someone who isn't very computer savvy. Surprise them with a phone call and an offer to confirm that their voter registration is active and 100 percent accurate so they can vote.
Want to hear how NAFSA advocates keep going when their efforts feel like an uphill battle? Read what they had to say about avoiding burnout, celebrating small victories, overcoming setbacks, and remaining hopeful in the latest issue of International Educator.