Dr. Christina Greer (115266)
Dr. Christina Greer

It’s that time of year again! As a political scientist I absolutely love election season. There are so many courageous people who love their communities who have decided to run for political office. They have spent time away from their families, many have learned intricate policy details, knocked on doors, raised money, and spent the last few months making the case as to why they would like to be chosen to represent the communities they care about so deeply.

Many of these candidates are running to make sure 2020 election deniers do not get elected to office for the next two, four, or six years. There are incredibly important races going on in all 50 states and some purple states like Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania have incredibly important Senate and gubernatorial races that we should be paying attention to. Even here in New York, incumbent Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul is running against a Trump loving Republican who has some extremist ideas on policies ranging from the environment, crime, education, and so much more. There are many dangerous folks on the ballot, and we must make sure our voices are heard on Election Day––Tuesday, November 8, 2022. 

For New York voters there is early voting which begins on Saturday, October 29 and goes until Sunday, November 6. If you miss early voting, you can vote on Election Day on Tuesday, November 8. If you need an absentee ballot, you can request one in person up until November 7. If you have any questions about dates to return the ballot or that process, you can visit vote.nyc or call 866-VOTE-NYC.

There are so many issues of concern today and there are real differences between the parties and the candidates. By and large, Republicans have made it known that they do not believe a woman should have autonomy over her own body. They have explicitly said that a grown woman should not be able to make her own lifelong decisions pertaining to her reproductive health. This is the same party that does not believe in supporting the social safety net, providing adequate funding for housing, education, infrastructure, the environment, city services, and so much more. 

I know people are busy, dealing with housing and job insecurities, trying to make their paychecks stretch a bit longer, and still fighting off the very real and persistent effects of COVID. However, it is imperative we make this election a priority. We cannot have election deniers in the U.S. Senate. We cannot have elected officials who have pledged their loyalty to the former president over the American people. We must vote for people with real ideas and values and self-respect. This election is very likely one of the most important in our entire lifetimes. 

Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” and the co-host of the podcast FAQ-NYC and host of The Blackest Questions podcast at TheGrio.

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