Honor Representative John Lewis by Turning in your Ballot

Last updated: August 3, 2020, at 1:59 p.m. PT

Originally published: August 3, 2020, at 1:59 p.m. PT

John Lewis as he is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

This week, we honor the life of a true American hero, Congressman John Lewis, who began his work as a civil rights leader at age 15. Since then, he became a dynamic and poignant leader who brought people together against injustice. In an essay published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral, John Lewis leaves us words of wisdom as we strive for equity and justice for all. He writes, “Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” In his honor, we implore you to turn in your primary ballot before Tuesday August 4,2020.

Make sure your voter registration is up to date and active before the November General Election by visiting myvote.wa.gov. Participating in the electoral processes, at all levels of office, is vital to shaping policies and programs that reflect the future we want for our youth, families, and community. Your voice matters.

We’re in this unprecedented moment together, and today, we must cling to John Lewis‘ example, life and legacy as we move forward, “I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way.

Rest in power, Representative John Lewis. 

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By mail

No stamp needed to return your ballot! You can vote and return your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service as soon as you receive it. We recommend dropping your ballot in the mail by the Friday before Election Day to make sure it gets postmarked in time to be counted. Your ballot must be postmarked by Election Day.