Here at Backpacker's Pantry, we are committed to protecting the places we love to adventure. The power to elect officials and pass legislation that protects public lands, improve shared outdoor experiences and take a stand against climate change is in all of our hands. It starts with registering to vote. It continues through knowledge of candidates and proposed legislation, and ends with having your voice heard and your vote counted.
Protecting the outdoors and the planet seems like a daunting task, but it's more possible than you think. If you're wondering where to start, check out these 4 steps.
1) Make Sure You're Registered To Vote
Go to vote.org or simply fill out the forms below. You'll have the option to register, request an absentee ballet, or verify your voter registration below. NOTE: The tools below are powered by a third party, vote.org. Always check with your local office of election on voter registration and absentee ballot request deadlines and early voting guidelines.
Make sure you register early, and that you don't miss the Voter Registration Deadlines in your state.
2) Know The Issues
Registering to vote is half the battle, now it's time to learn about the issues. We've compiled some great places to start researching below, but don't hesitate to reach out to your state or local election administrator for an official sample ballot.
- See all 2020 ballot measures, by state here
- Learn about national and state environmental policies here
- See exactly what your ballot will look like by entering your address here
3) Know The Candidates
See how each candidate stands historically on climate change, clean air, wildlife, environmental justice and more with the League of Conservation Voters Scorecard.
And check out all 2020 election information here to see which seats are up for election. Click on a category, find your state, and learn more about each candidate.
See some comparisons on where each Presidential candidate stands on the environment, public land, climate change and more, through resources below:
- Factbox: On climate, it's Biden's green revolution versus Trump's war on red tape
- Joe Biden's National Environmental Scorecard
- A Timeline of Donald Trump's War on Public Lands
- What is the Trump administration’s track record on the environment?
- Joe Biden's Official Climate Plan
- Donald Trump's Official Stance on Energy & Environment (No Climate Plan Available)
- President Trump & Congress Pass Great American Outdoors Act
4) Know When To Vote
Ok, you've done all this work, now it's time for the easy part: mark those calendars! Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. However, keep an eye out for any special state election dates, as well as early voting opportunities and absentee ballot return deadlines, by state, here.