I’m sure you all are more than aware that 2022 is an election year – a crucial midterm election, to be exact. It’s never too early to start getting prepared to ensure you voice is heard. We will have some highly publicized primary and general election races in both North and South Dakota. You know the drill; political mailers will fill your mailbox and yard signs will riddle our neighborhoods.
However, voting is a foundational pillar of both our democracy and the cooperative principles that govern our credit union movement, and it’s important for credit union advocates to lead by example and promote civic engagement. It’s also an integral part of our mission to improve “Financial Well-Being for All.” For us to have the greatest impact, we need the support of elected officials that share our passion and support our mission.
Here are some important election related dates to add to your calendars:
Date of South Dakota's 2022 Primary Election - June 7, 2022
Voter Registration Deadline - May 23, 2022 – This is less than 2 months away!
Absentee voting begins - April 22, 2022
Date of North Dakota's 2022 Primary Election - June 14, 2022
Absentee voting begins - May 5, 2022
To help you prepare, be sure to check out the newly revamped Credit Unions Vote platform! VISIT THE SITE
Using Credit Unions Vote, you can check your registration status, learn your polling location and early/absentee options, and see which candidates will be on your ballot. In the coming weeks, CUNA will also be adding a Member Activation Program (MAP) toolkit to help you share these resources with your credit union’s members.
The site also includes links to CUNA’s 2022 Election Hub which highlights our industry issue priorities and the candidates we have supported, and will be updated with results as the primary season progresses.
I really hope you’ll use these resources to help maximize our credit union advocacy efforts and ensure that no matter what happens on Election Day, the voices of the credit union movement are heard loud and clear.
As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with any of your advocacy concerns.
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