#PTVotes2018: Voting Resources

Voting Resources:

This is not a comprehensive guide. It is intended to be a starting point.

Voting Guides:


Reliable News Sources:

  • For national and some state coverage – these sources have good, accessible, in-depth discussions of election issues and have some candidate interviews.
  • Many news outlets have health specific sections.
  • Be sure to critically evaluate where you are getting your news and if it is a News story or an Editorial piece.

This graphic by Ad Fontes Media, is a great resource to assess news organizations for bias and accuracy.

  • NYTimes
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • NPR
  • The Hill
  • Washington Post
  • Local news is also important, but can be difficult to find.
    • Search a national news source for your state, county, or city
    • Critically evaluate your local news sources and recognize bias–the candidate ads that flood commercials this time of year are NOT great places to get facts. 
    • Twitter

FactCheck.org: https://www.factcheck.org/issue/health-watch/

  • ! non-partisan project run out of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and has a “Health Watch” section

Healthcare Specific:


Look at your Ballot ahead of time:

  • Board of Election website
    • Check your registration and ward/precinct/etc details and see a copy of your ballot
    • Print out your ballot and highlight your choices to use as a Cheat Sheet in the ballot booth.
  • Resource like Ballotpedia: https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page
    • If you don’t know your ward/precinct info, see your BOE website.

Know your voting rules and rights:

  • [your county’s] Board of Election website
  • [you state’s] Secretary of State website
  • USA.gov Resource: https://www.usa.gov/voting-laws
  • ACLU
    • Election Protection Hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) if you have questions on voting day of or have concerns about voting rights being compromised
    • state chapters often provide state by state voting rules
    • Example of rights (please verify with a resource specific to your state):
      • When are you entitled to a provisional ballot.
      • How many replacement ballots you are entitled to if you make a mistake.
      • If you are in line before closing time, you are able to vote.
  • Federal Voting Assistance Program: https://www.fvap.gov/
    • For those voting from abroad!
    • “Voting assistance for Service members, their families and overseas citizens”

For Patients:

  • PATIENTVOTING.com https://www.patientvoting.com/
    • Voting rights while hospitalized – emergency absentee ballot
    • Project by an ER Resident
    • Acute care PT! #AcutePT
    • Volunteer to be a point person in your state or in your hospital.

Medical Professionals organizing around health policy issue in elections:

Both provide resources for identifying strong healthcare platforms & opportunities to be involved.

Talk to your peers, friends, and families!

  • Discuss issues and voting.
  • Get different perspectives.
  • Ask your friends/family what they think of a specific issue that is related to their area of expertise.
  • Bring a buddy to the polls!
  • Participate in our #PTvotes2018 campaign/contest and let your #PTfam know you voted!

What we’re reading this election season: