Alpha Xi Delta Votes
Alpha Xi Delta Votes is an initiative to help Sisters feel confident and have the tools needed to be civically engaged, feel connected to others and have conversations that are civil and productive. It's your right and privilege to vote. Don't waste it. Make sure your voice is heard.
Alpha Xi Delta is proud to partner with Democracy Works, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, to provide Turbovote to our members. This is a tool that makes registering to vote easy and helps those already registered to stay up-to-date on local and national election dates.
Here are some highlights of TurboVote:
- Guided assistance in registering to vote and the ability to request an absentee/mail-in ballot. If your state does not offer online registration, TurboVote generates the forms needed to register and you can request an absentee ballot.
- Text and email reminders for polling locations, election dates, absentee ballot request form deadlines and voter ID information.
- A dedicated help desk can help you in navigating laws that govern voting.
- TurboVote does NOT send you candidate specific information or spam you with policy.
Programming and Education
Alpha Xi Delta will be rolling out resources to chapters and alumnae associations in the coming months centered on listening to those with varying viewpoints, how to clearly and respectfully engage in a thoughtful discourse and to remain vigilant to the rights and responsibilities as active participants in democracy.
Differences vs. Divisiveness: A Guide to Understanding and Discussing your Values in a Political World
Nothing exists in a vacuum, and that includes how our values intersect with the policies and politics that surround us every day. Gain tools to better equip yourself to have conversations that may be difficult, but do not have to be divisive. Written by a Sister, for Sisters, the original program was crafted by Sophie Gerth, Elon '19, to help people understand that their differences don’t have to be divisive. (This program is part of our chapters' Inspire requirements for fall 2020.)
The 19th Amendment: Why 100 Years Matters
The history surrounding the Nineteenth Amendment is complex and diverse, and alone could fill hours’ worth of lectures and span many written volumes. However, a basic understanding of this history is critical to understanding why 100 years matter. Rebecca Reed, Lycoming '14, gives you some food for thought as we celebrate this milestone. Click here to read her blog post.
Empowered Women: The Legacy of Our Founders and Their Tie to Civic Engagement encourages Sisters to view their involvement through the lens of our Founders. Contributions, both bold and quiet, matter to the communities with which we are a part. Dig deeper into what that looks like for you now and what that could look like for you in the future. (This program is part of our chapters' Inspire requirements for fall 2020.)
Agree to Disagree is a Copout is a program that can help chapter members learn how to resolve conflict and use that experience with conflict as a stepping stone to further themselves and their chapter.
Hard Discussions Need a Tender Heart: Tools to Listen Well and Communicate Effectively
Things can feel heavy, and the load can get cumbersome to carry, if you don’t talk about issues that are weighing on you. Many topics can feel “off limits” because they can be emotionally charged. As we head into an uncertain semester, this program will help give your Sisterhood the tools to listen well and communicate effectively so we can more completely support one another.
What News Sources Can I Trust?
We are unable to make recommendations on this. There is little consensus on what news outlets have an unbiased approach to reporting. With this in mind, here are some things to consider when seeking out information:
- Does the URL have a standard look like "www.XYZ.com"? If it looks similar to "www.XYZ.com.co" but not quite right, then you should do more investigating.
- Go beyond the headlines. Headlines are meant to capture your attention and may or may not accurately depict the whole story. Take a minute to read and not just glance.
- Are there quotations in the news story? If so, are they from a title (ex. Speaker of the House, Senator, Vice President, etc.) you recognize or can quickly be identified through a simple Google search?
- Be aware of algorithms. This has been a topic of conversation as of late. It's good to keep in the back of your mind that you see what you search; most of our devices, browsing history, clicks, etc. are connected. You may have to seek out sources and information beyond what you're being shown on your social media feeds.
- Take a moment to consider what you repost. As previously noted, headlines are created to capture your attention. Before you determine to click the "share" option, make sure it's something you really believe to be true - and check on the validity of the source.
- Encourage dialogue. Don't just shut down a person who has different beliefs than you - take time to have a respectful conversation.
- Use your voice. Make a plan to vote on Election Day and take others with you! Not sure how or where to start? Click the links above for TurboVote to get started.
Quick Start Guide
We've put together a one-page quick reference guide that can be printed. Click here to download it.
Our Founders knew the importance of a space where women could have their voices heard. Exercise your right, and make your voice heard by making a plan to get to the polls. Share these downloads with your chapter, association or another Sister!
Click on the images below to order Alpha Xi Delta Votes merchandise from Zazzle, an Alpha Xi Delta licensed vendor. If you prefer to print your own items at home, click on the "Download Printable Files" to get a zip file of all the artwork files. There is also a link below to a sticker template on Avery's website, and Avery can print the stickers for you as well. The artwork to upload to this template is in the zip file.
I Voted Stickers
I Voted Button
Voting Plan Postcard
Download all printable files
Avery Sticker Template 22807 for 2 inch round stickers
Communications Policy: Political Positions or Policies
Members are free to express their own personal opinions on political matters, but shall not do anything to explicitly state or implicitly suggest that such opinions are being expressed (i) on behalf of Alpha Xi Delta or (ii) in a member’s capacity as an officer or member of Alpha Xi Delta. In expressing personal opinions on political matters in a public forum, members shall take care to avoid the implication that such opinions are attributed to Alpha Xi Delta, including, but not limited to creating the impression that Alpha Xi Delta is taking any type of public policy position or supports, endorses or opposes any candidate for political office without first obtaining the express written consent from the National Fraternity. If, given the circumstances surrounding the political expression, a reasonable person could imply that a member is speaking on behalf of Alpha Xi Delta or in her capacity as an officer of member of Alpha Xi Delta, such member shall make it clear that the opinion expressed does not represent the views of the Chapter or Fraternity.