Be a Voice for the A.T.

This Election Day, Vote with the Trail in Mind

October 6, 2020

Just four weeks from today on November 3, the final votes will be cast in the 2020 elections. To ensure all of our employees have the opportunity to participate in the election process, the ATC will be closed on Election Day. We urge everyone to exercise their right to vote this year, and we ask that you consider the great outdoors and environmental conservation when casting your vote.

While it might not be on the ballot directly, the protection of public lands like the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) has always been affected by election results. From land and water conservation, to policies to mitigate the effects of climate change, to equitable access to outdoor spaces, our choices during this election (and beyond) will have long-lasting impacts on our ability to advance the protection of our most treasured outdoor spaces.

If you have not already, we encourage you to create your voting plan today to ensure your voice is heard:

  • Make sure you are registered to vote. The requirements for registering to vote are different in each state, and some states have already ended their registration periods.
  • If you cannot vote in person, request a mail-in or absentee ballot today. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a large increase in absentee ballot requests. Request yours now to ensure it arrives in advance of voting deadlines.
  • Learn about your candidates, both in the federal government and in state and local elections. Know their positions on issues important to environmental conservation, public lands protection and plans for combating the effects of climate change.
  • Find your polling place. Know when and where you will cast your vote. Early voting has begun in many states — voting early may help you avoid long wait times on Election Day.
  • Arrange transportation. Make sure you have a reliable way to get to your selected polling place.
  • Encourage others to vote. Let them know how important the protection of the outdoors and the A.T. is to you (and everyone else).

By making your voice heard on Election Day, you will help ensure that irreplaceable public lands like the Appalachian Trail are protected forever for all to enjoy.


The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Team