Stand Up for Science in the 2018 Elections

Get engaged. Bring the fight to the candidates and ballot box this election season!
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Over the past two years, we’ve watched our government sideline science from important decisions about climate change, vehicles emissions, missile defense, food safety, and more—putting our health, environment, and security at risk. This year’s elections are an opportunity for us to turn the tide. Here's how you can get involved.


Vote for science

Join thousands of others who have made the pledge to vote for science

Let us know that you'll be voting with science in mind this November! We'll provide you with opportunities and resources to bring science into your local elections and send you important reminders on how to register, when to vote, and help finding your closest polling station.

You can also make the pledge by texting "Vote4Science” to 662266.

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Organize or participate in an event or activity

Organize an activity that elevates the role of science in the midterm elections! Whether you invite your elected official to a backyard barbecue with your friends and neighbors or organize a more formal candidate forum, an event can motivate candidates to stand up for science.

How to Organize an Event that Makes an Impact

This May 2018 webinar teaches you how to organize a successful event and help bring science to the midterm elections.

Watch the webinar here

To learn how to organize a successful event, be sure and check out the recording of our recent online training on event planning. You can also post your event, learn more about other activities, or check out other additional resources at Science Rising, a nationwide mobilization effort working ensure that science is front-and-center in the decision-making processes that affect us all.  

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Get candidates on the record: Key questions to ask

From climate change to clean energy, nuclear weapons to food, here are some of the best questions to ask candidates.

Candidates will be campaigning near your town in the weeks and months leading up to the election. Engage with them in public settings and find where they stand on the issues you most care about. Make sure to tell us about the different ways you engaged with your candidates once you've taken action.

How to Get Candidates on the Record for Science

This July 2018 webinar helps you engage candidates on the issues between now and the midterm elections.

Watch the webinar here

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More resources

Go into the midterm elections better informed! To help you get started, we've compiled a list of resources on science advocacy and actions to take during voting season. Which actions did you try out? What responses did you get? Let us know!

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Do more (and let us know how it went!)

Did you talk to your candidates, organize an event, or put time into any other election related actions? Let us know! 

And if you're looking for more to do, even outside of election season, visit our action center or our helpful list of tools for advocates.

Did you stand up for science?

Thank you for taking action! Please let us know how it went, so we can highlight the impact that UCS supporters like you are having! It only takes a minute to fill out the surveyyour input is greatly appreciated!

You can also let us know how else you'd like to get involved! Your feedback is extremely helpful as we work to bring science to the midterm elections.

If you’re a scientist or researcher looking to engage in the midterms, fill out this survey for us to offer resources and support tailored to your interests.

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