Washington, D.C. – A national wildlife conservation organization, the Endangered Species Coalition, together with their member groups from across the country, unveiled a new voter education and mobilization toolkit today. The “Get Out the Wild Vote” toolkit is intended to educate and mobilize voters whose top concerns are environmental and wildlife conservation issues.
“We know from research that environmentally-conscious Americans are not voting nearly as much their neighbors,” said Leda Huta, executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition. “For the sake of our disappearing plants and wildlife, we simply must get involved, vote and ensure that the people we elect do more to protect our nation’s wildlife heritage for future generations.”
The toolkit will help people register to vote, check their voter registration, and help activists register other people to vote. The toolkit will also help people become informed voters, specifically, on candidates’ voting and campaign finance records. It will also allow users to locate public candidate forums, debates and find other opportunities to ask candidates questions related to imperiled wildlife issues. Come election time, the tool will even remind users that it is time to vote.
“It’s imperative that those of us who care about plants, wildlife, and conservation issues get engaged every election cycle to ensure that politicians of all parties and jurisdictions do what it takes to protect and recover fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction,” said Emily Roberson, Executive Director of the Native Plants Conservation Campaign.
The toolkit is free to use, and anyone interested can access it online at www.ESAVoter.org.