The Importance of Voting

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
On Thursday voters in New York will going to the polls to vote in the New York State primary. Anyone who is a member of the Democratic or Republican party can vote in elections for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and more local races like State Senate. Even members of so called minor parties have primaries on Thursday. Voting is an important civic duty that all Local 2199 members should do.  
 
While many of us don't pay attention to politics or what is going on in Albany and Washington D.C., many of the things that they do affect us. From passing legislation that makes it harder to outsource call center jobs, to granting tax credits to keep a power plant open, these issues will all come before legislators at the local, state and federal levels.  
 
While Thursday's election is important, it is also important to vote in the General Election in November, also known as the midterm election. Every member of Congress and 1/3 of the Senators will be up for re-election. In New York, every registered voter will get to vote for all of the statewide offices like Governor as well. Below I have included a video about the importance of voting in the midterms. While it was made to get young people out to vote, the message is the same for union members. Below, we have also included some information on the candidates that will be on the ballot as well as the candidates that have been endorsed by the New York State AFL-CIO. 
 
What are the Midterm Elections?
Click the image above to watch a short video explaining what the midterm elections are and why they are so important. Make sure that you get out and vote.