NOVEMBER 8, 2016: Election Day

                                                                                             2016 Election.

                                                                                             I get it.

                                                                                             You're disheartened. You're discouraged. You think: 'what does it matter, it's not like my vote counts' - and for good reason, too. I'm not going to lie, the thought, 'does my vote even matter?' has crossed my mind. With arguments that claim the presidential elections are rigged, or the popular vote does not matter because the electoral college makes the overall decision, it's understandable for one to assume the worst and feel unheard.

The Electoral College is the institution that elects the President and Vice President of the United States of America, and the representatives of the Electoral College are elected by us, the people. The popular vote in a presidential election simply means which presidential nominee gets the most votes in the election. So, essentially, a candidate can win the popular vote, but still lose the presidential election because of the electoral vote. For example, if presidential nominee A wins 51% of the popular vote and 40% of the electoral vote, they lose the election to presidential nominee B who won 49% of the popular vote and 60% of the electoral vote. So, how do we have control in an otherwise uncontrollable election? In the electoral vote, they lose the election to the presidential nominee B who won 49% in the popular vote and 60% of the electoral vote. So, how do we have control in an otherwise uncontrollable election? 

Well, while we are not the deciding factor in the presidential elections, we are when it comes to state and local elections. And

here's the beauty of the 2016 elections...

According to BallotPedia, "A total of 469 seats in the US Congress (34 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) are up for election. On November 8, 2016." Yep, you read that right: ALL 435 SEATS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE ARE UP FOR ELECTION !! As well as, 34 out of 100 Senate seats! We may not have a say in the presidential elections, but damn If we don't have the power to make a stand on who represents us come November 8th, 2016.

We don’t choose the President or Vice President of the United States. You’re absolutely correct in that fact. Still, every year, since I was 18 (I’m 26 now), I find myself voting. I vote because I understand that the right to vote is one that many people around the world fight every day to have. Additionally, it is my position that complacent behavior by the masses is what allows for ineffectiveness in society as a whole. So, please, do the research, check who in your district is running to represent YOU and YOUR community and let your voices be heard. Do not feel disheartened. Do not feel discouraged. Know your options and act! 

Co-Stand will provide any and all information to help you before the 2016 elections. Register and vote for change. This is the year to make a collective stand, to say enough is enough. We bask in a right way. Do not be complacent. Do not just complain. Go vote because you can make a difference.  

Rahel Tekle
#knowthefacts #vote # election2016 #costandatl #collectiveunderstanding  

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​To all the mothers all around the world, Happy Mother's Day!!!! You are Queens  👑  #costandatl #happymothersday #yasqueens

Our founder @rahelyea just received her absentee ballot! Keep in mind..... 

Georgia residents:

If you're casting your vote as an absentee ballot, make sure to go to 'My Voter Page', click the link 'Uocava ballots' located in the first box (voter information) and type your email in ALL CAPS to access your ballot. Print and mail your ballot to your county elections office by Nov 8, 2016 before 7:00PM. Your vote matters!!! ALL SEATS IN THE HOUSE ARE UP FOR ELECTION AND 34 SEATS IN THE SENATE!! #flipthesenate 

#flipthehouse #yourvotecounts


We strongly condemn Trump's executive order. We cannot remain silent on this issue! This executive order is a direct humanitarian violation and we do not tolerate nor accept such actions. The treatment of refugees and immigrants by this administration, while only holding power for less than two weeks, is a disgrace and is not what makes America great. We should support one another and show compassion, instead of fear, ignorance and hate.

We've said it once and we'll say it again, #refugeeswelcome !!!

#noimmigrationban #ameans2end #costandatl


State and Local General Elections
--Oct 11th voter registration deadline 
--Oct 17th early voting begins 
--Nov 8th Election Day!!! 
--Dec 6th runoff date for local and state offices
--Jan 10th (2017) runoff date for federal offices

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Happy Father's Day !!! Thank you for all that you do! Enjoy your day, dads!!#happyfathersday #costandatl

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