I’m Heidi Ganahl: This is why I want Colorado’s vote in the midterm election
By Heidi Ganahl
I’ve been working with the American Civil Liberties Union to organize its voter protection team for the 2020 Election. I’ve talked with candidates, organizers and experts about how we’re going to protect the vote and our elections. In this video you will hear from three of our allies who are working tirelessly to make sure Coloradans, young and old, can cast a ballot.
Holly Hughes, a 30-year-old Colorado Springs native, is co-founder of Colorado Progress, which focuses on making sure every voter has the opportunity to vote.
I met Holly when I was volunteering on the Colorado Progress Team in 2018.
When I asked her how she feels about the 2020 Election, she said, “I am thrilled to be working with the ACLU. I know I could not have made it to 40 without this organization. This election is our one chance to vote and we had to ensure it was safe for everyone, not just an elderly couple with no ID.”
When I asked her why the ACLU was vital to her work, she said: “I think it’s important to me because I want to make sure it’s safe for people to vote in 2020. There are many ways to abuse the system, and in a democracy you have to rely on people to exercise their inalienable right to vote, so you have to make sure that we don’t allow any abuse to happen.”
I’ve asked Holly how important it is to her for Colorado to be able to vote in 2020- she answers, “I want Coloradans to be able to vote. I want to vote, and I want to have people that are marginalized like myself be able to vote for the first time in my life.”
In 2019 Colorado voted for the first time in a presidential election for a woman. So on this journey we’ve been following, we’ve talked to so many Coloradans who want to show their support. We’ve discovered that we need an army of Coloradans that want to make sure the ballot boxes are loaded up and ready to go in 2020.