Do You Have Your Plan to Vote Safely This Election?
October 26, 2020 | Good Primary Care
With all that’s going on with COVID-19, Iora Primary Care wants to make sure our patients can vote in a safe and healthy way if they’re able to in this election.
Voting is our best form of civic engagement and how we can shape health-related factors like housing, education, transportation and social determinants of health. Voting is one way that you can let our leaders know what is or is not working for you and we want you to exercise this opportunity to have your voice heard.
We have cared for patients whose primary issue was not medical. The social determinants of health are largely set by local, state, and national decisions and leaders. We view it as part of our professional responsibility to include patient voices in those decisions. It will make your and our lives easier if people had the resources they need and we could focus on their health care.
At Iora Primary Care, we want our patients and team members to be able to vote in the upcoming election in a safe and healthy way. Over 46 million have cast their votes already – not just for their own benefit, but for the collective health of our nation. Early voting has begun in many of our states!
We are partnering with Vot-er.org, a multidisciplinary organization committed to healing our broken health system, one vote at a time. Iora patients: are you ready to vote in the upcoming election? Make a plan to vote safely:
- Are you registered to vote in your state? Check your registration status here: https://www.vote411.org/check-registration.
- Early voting in person can help you avoid larger crowds on election day and maintain appropriate physical distancing. Do you live in a state that permits early voting? Find out where and when to vote early in-person by visiting: https://www.vote.org/early-voting-calendar/
- If you are voting in person, don’t forget to wear a mask!
- Do you live in a state that allows absentee ballot? Voting by mail is the safest way to get your vote out. Check https://www.rockthevote.org/how-to-vote/nationwide-voting-info/absentee-voting/ to understand your options.
- If you already have your plan in place, can you remind three friends to vote?
We want to make sure that you have every opportunity to have your vote heard, whether in your local community or on the national stage.
Many of us at Iora Primary Care are voting for you and your health, and for all of our patients. We strongly encourage you to support us and our colleagues in healthcare by making sure to vote this fall. As your doctors, we can’t advise you on who to vote for. But regardless of who you support, we think it’s vital we all make our voices heard by voting.