The Oklahoma Eagle Newswire

In the 2016 election, almost half of eligible voters did not cast a ballot, and in local elections, the statistics are even more alarming — fewer than 15% of eligible voters turned out to elect the mayors and councilmembers who make decisions every day that directly impact their communities.

Across the country, it’s the mayors in our cities who are stepping up to keep us safe through this unprecedented and uncertain time. And we know they’re best equipped to work with local leaders across the political spectrum to ensure their constituents know their options to register to vote and cast their ballots in a safe and fair way.

Today, we’re announcing the 31 bipartisan mayors who are founding members of When We All Vote’s new Civic Cities initiative. Civic Cities encourages and supports mayors in taking a leading role in closing the voting race and age gap and fundamentally shifting the culture around voting in every election, from school board races to federal elections.

By joining, mayors commit to increase voter registration and participation in their cities by:

  • Mobilizing local civic leaders, business leaders, community members and stakeholders in voter engagement efforts to safely register and get out the vote in their communities;
  • Sharing promising practices with the Civic Cities network of mayors; and
  • Acting as trusted messengers in their communities to share information and resources for voters to safely make their voices heard.

In many ways, Civic Cities’ founding mayors are already working to ensure their constituents do not have to choose between their health and safety and exercising their right to vote.

In Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett supports the Safe Vote Program to mail absentee ballot applications to its roughly 300,000 registered voters. In Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Board of Elections announced the Vote Safe DC campaign to make sure every vote is counted and everyone, from voters to election workers, feels safe. And in Fort Worth, Mayor Betsy Price created the city’s first online public forum for residents to share and vote on new ideas to improve their community.

Those are just some examples of the powerful work our mayors are doing right now. Now meet the rest of our 31 bipartisan founding members of Civic Cities:

Atlanta, GA: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Augusta, GA: Mayor Hardie Davis
Austin, TX: Mayor Steve Adler
Boston, MA: Mayor Marty Walsh
Carmel, IN: Mayor James Brainard
Chattanooga, TN: Mayor Andy Berke
Chicago, IL: Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Dayton, OH: Mayor Nan Whaley
Denver, CO: Mayor Michael Hancock
Detroit, MI: Mayor Mike Duggan
Durham, NC: Mayor Steve Schewel
Ft. Worth, TX: Mayor Betsy Price
Grand Rapids, MI: Mayor Rosalyn Bliss
Houston, TX: Mayor Sylvester Turner
Lansing, MI: Mayor Andy Schor
Los Angeles, CA: Mayor Eric Garcetti
Louisville, KY: Mayor Greg Fischer
Madison, WI: Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway
Mesa, AZ: Mayor  John Giles
Milwaukee, WI: Mayor Tom Barrett
Minneapolis, MN: Mayor Jacob Frey
Orlando, FL: Mayor Buddy Dyer
Parkland, FL: Mayor Christine Hunchofsky
Philadelphia, PA: Mayor James Kenney
Phoenix, AZ: Mayor Kate Gallego
Reno, NV: Mayor Hillary Schieve
San Leandro, CA: Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter
Scranton, PA: Mayor Paige Cognetti
Tacoma, WA: Mayor Victoria Woodards
Washington, DC: Mayor Muriel Bowser
West Sacramento, CA: Mayor Chris Cabaldon
As trusted voices in their communities, mayors have the power to substantially increase the number of people in their communities who cast their ballots, and are uniquely positioned to mobilize civic leaders, business leaders, school systems, local colleges, and community members.

 

Together, we can work to ensure safe and fair elections for every eligible voter, while also protecting the integrity, accessibility, and security of the election process in this November’s critical elections and for elections to come.