Don’t Just Sit There: Do Something About the 2016 Election

BTL Staff
By | 2016-09-15T09:00:00-04:00 September 15th, 2016|Opinions, Viewpoints|

The 2016 BTL Progressive Voter Guide will help you vote for candidates who share our values.
It’s natural to feel anxious about the upcoming election. After all, there’s a lot at stake. But there’s one thing every single American can do to make a difference: VOTE.
To help you vote for candidates who will represent you and fight for the things you care about most, Between The Lines is putting together the 2016 Progressive Voter Guide. A project of Between The Lines since 1996, this year we are working with a variety of progressive partners, making the Guide even bigger and better than those for previous elections.
This year, Between The Lines is working with more organizations to bring you a comprehensive list of key endorsements for candidates who will fight for progressive values like equality for the LGBT community, women and people of color, and will stand up for unions, be good stewards of the environment and more. Plus, the guide identifies candidates who are actively anti-LGBT, anti-choice and anti-union, or would otherwise seek to trample the rights of Americans if elected.
Equality Michigan and KAFE (the Kalamazoo Alliance for Equality political action committee) are already on board as key partners again this year, along with other partners to be announced. Plus, the Between The Lines questionnaire that’s sent to all Michigan candidates has already received more responses than in any previous year, so this year’s Guide will be chock-full of details.
Here in Michigan, we have a solid opportunity to win back the State House and break the stranglehold Republicans have on our state. Plus, we have great potential to win more seats in the U.S. Congress and hold on to the White House. But to make that happen, everyone who cares about Progressive values must vote for the candidates who will represent us.
While you’re at it, you can support the candidates who share our values by donating to their campaigns or volunteering to get out the vote. Sharing this resource is another great way to make a difference. But if you do nothing else, go to the polls on November 8 and cast your ballot.
The 2016 Progressive Voter Guide will make voting for the right candidates easy. The online Guide ( will be updated now through Election Day, and it’s easy to find the candidates in your area. All you have to do is enter your zip code. The printed Guide will be published in early October.
When we vote, we win. Together, we can make a difference.

About the Author:

BTL Staff
Between The Lines has been publishing LGBTQ-related content in Southeast Michigan since the early '90s. This year marks the publication's 25th anniversary.