At the recent AAP National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco the #VoteKids message was loud and clear: kids can’t vote, but we can!
Pediatricians filled out ballots sharing why they Vote Kids, took #VoteKids photos at the Advocacy Action Center, shared more than 600 #VoteKids messages on social media reaching more than 300,000 users, and heard from AAP leaders about the Academy’s Blueprint for Children and the importance of getting out the vote.
Now, with Election Day less than a week away, there are plenty of ways to help get out the vote from home!
Go to aap.org/votekids for the latest resources and tools you need to make children a meaningful part of the election conversation.
Remember, we want to hear from you about what you’re doing to spread the #VoteKids message.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with photos, quotes and/or a list of activities and actions you’ve taken to help us #VoteKids this election.
Include your name, and whether you are representing your state chapter, institution, AAP district or section, or just yourself, in your submission. Each submission will be tallied, and those with the most creative submissions and groups with the most submissions will win prizes after the election.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
SPEAK UP ONLINE
- Visit the #VoteKids Twibbon page to download your profile photo with a #VoteKids banner overlay on social media.
- NEW! Share an infographic (pictured right) with your state’s polling times on social media.
- Write an op-ed or blog about why you #VoteKids. Use these guidelines to help!
- Take AAP Charlie with you as you advocate for #VoteKids. Click here to download an AAP Charlie sign. Post pictures to social media using #AAPCharlie and #VoteKids.
- Share messages on Twitter and Facebook using our #VoteKids social media toolkit, including a link to our #VoteKids video.
LEARN WHAT’S AT STAKE & ADVOCATE
- Share the AAP’s priorities for the next president, our Blueprint for Children, with your local elected officials or those running for office in your state.
- Ask candidates running for office the four questions AAP asked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Read both candidates’ responses and view the questions here.
- Learn about referenda and initiatives on state ballots across the country and read where AAP stands. Share what you learned with your fellow pediatricians.
- Give parents a prescription to vote for children this November. Download our Rx to Vote and hand it out to parents during check-ups. Click here for the Spanish version.
Pediatricians in the news: For some advocacy inspiration, check out these pieces from pediatricians about why it is important to vote with children’s needs in mind: The Daily Progress, The Cap Times, The Denver Post, the Post-Bulletin, Orlando Sentinel, and the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.
Thank you for all you do to put children first and #VoteKids!