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November Election: Making Votes Count

Long before Election Day, people can also make their voices heard by being campaign workers for the candidates of their choice. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)
Long before Election Day, people can also make their voices heard by being campaign workers for the candidates of their choice. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)
July 15, 2016

BALTIMORE – As the November election draws closer, advocates for working families across the nation are trying to get the word out about how much each individual vote counts.

In Maryland, volunteers are going door to door, talking about some of the issues on the ballot and the candidates who are running for office, in terms of whether they'll help or hinder working-class people.

According to Charly Carter, executive director of Maryland Working Families, everyone needs to make sure their vote counts - especially women.

"Eighty percent of families in Maryland depend on a woman's income, and women fill those ranks of the lowest-wage workers," Carter pointed out. "The part-time workers, the unskilled workers, the ones who have seen the biggest erosion of their finances and their security."

Carter said voting isn't the only way to help, and she hopes more people will volunteer by starting petition drives or becoming campaign workers. She's convinced each individual voice that is heard can make a difference.

She added that Maryland residents are affected daily by decisions made by local and state lawmakers, whether it's in rural communities or in large cities such as Baltimore.

"We're focused on how the taxpayer subsidies are used in development in poor communities and in communities of color, compared with the vast amounts that are being poured into high-end development around the waterfront," she said.

Working Families has state chapters in Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MD