We have displayed extreme resilience and strength in the face of monumental challenges this year. But there is still one remaining action I feel we all should have firmly in mind as we begin the fall: Vote.
It is our responsibility to cast a ballot in the upcoming election, and I encourage all UnityPoint Health team members and members of our communities to exercise your right to vote. November 3, 2020 will be here in the blink of an eye and taking part in the political process is important. As a nonprofit health system, UnityPoint Health does not endorse candidates or tell team members how to vote. But I do encourage you to do your homework and select candidates that you believe represent your values. As you know, health care is heavily regulated, so when you vote, you have a say for our industry and the patients we serve.
Presidential elections are held every four years; U.S. Senate candidates are elected for six-year terms. And every two years, U.S. Congressional candidates run for reelection. Additionally, there are candidates on the ballot in state and local races. Our country faces big challenges, and voting is one of the most important ways we can make a difference.
Make sure your vote counts! If you choose to vote by mail, request an absentee ballot and return it early. If going to the polls on election day is more your style, please wear your mask and exercise social distancing. Work with your leader if you choose to vote on election day.
If you are unfamiliar with your polling location, one of the following websites can help you locate it:
In Iowa, please visit the Iowa Secretary of State website.
In Illinois, please visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website.
In Wisconsin, please visit the MyVote Wisconsin website.
The tone of politics this election year is considerably different than the thoughtful, see-more-than-one-viewpoint environment we strive to provide as an organization. But voting demands our civic attention and is a priority when the opportunity arises to participate in our democracy. I like to think of voting as a positive act each one of us can take to create the future we know is possible.
So, take the time you need to make an informed decision later this year – and vote. It’s the right thing to do.