2018 is shaping up to be a potentially pivotal election year. Elections this year will determine 435 House, 34 Senate, and nearly 36 gubernatorial seats. Making this year even more significant, midterm elections are often unkind to the party in control of the White House. Notably, Republicans gained 54 seats in the House and eight seats in the Senate in 1994—only two years after President Bill Clinton was elected. In 2010, when President Obama had been in the White House two years, the Republicans picked up 63 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate.

Grassroots advocacy is particularly important—and effective—especially in an election year.

In anticipation of Election Day on November 6, 2018, the bipartisan NACDS RxIMPACT Votes program is ready to mobilize the pharmacy community. Find everything you need to know about voter registration locations, volunteering for campaigns, building candidate relationships and voting on Election Day with NACDS RxIMPACT Votes. Your vote—and commitment to pharmacy—really do matter. Be sure to share the updated NACDS RxIMPACT Get Out the Vote (GOTV) flyer with employees; find out how to conduct a GOTV campaign; send GOTV postcards to employees; and more. Check out PharmacyVoter.org for even more information on how to get involved.

Also be sure and download the updated advocacy one-pager from AccessAgenda.NACDS.org, which succinctly pinpoints for lawmakers pharmacy’s trusted role in providing quality, accessible and affordable healthcare to patients.

The 10th annual NACDS RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill is also right around the corner—March 7-8 in Washington, D.C. The signature advocacy event is an excellent opportunity to engage face-to-face with members of Congress and make your voice heard, especially in an election year, about advancing pro-patient, pro-pharmacy legislative issues.