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Voting for the Environment

9/27/2012 11:39:29 AM

Tags: League of Conservation Voters, candidates, 2012 election, Environmental Scorecard, endorsements, voter registration, voting rights, Election Protection, politics, policy, United States, Miriam Landman

If you would like to be represented by more elected officials who support environmental safeguards for our air, water, and land (and if this is one of your top criteria when choosing candidates to vote for), take a look at the resources provided by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV). LCV is a non-partisan “national non-profit organization that works to turn environmental values into national priorities. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV advocates for sound environmental policies” and works to “elect pro-environment candidates who will adopt and implement such policies.”

(Please note: The links to resources and endorsements provided in this post do not constitute an endorsement from Mother Earth News.)

LCVOne of LCV’s flagship reports is its annual National Environmental Scorecard, which shows how each U.S. congressperson voted on every environmentally relevant piece of legislation. You can search the Scorecard by state, zip code, a congressperson’s name, or by year. Or you can download a PDF of the entire Scorecard.   

LCV endorses pro-environment candidates for Senate, House, Presidential, and Gubernatorial races. See their current endorsements here.  

LCV also makes anti-endorsements. This year, LCV named five incumbent House candidates to a group they’ve dubbed the Flat Earth Five: five of the most staunch climate-change deniers in the House of Representatives. LCV issues an annual Dirty Dozen list, as well, which includes the Flat Earth Five this year, as well as other candidates who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation.  

More than 30 states now have their own state-level LCVs, which hold state elected officials accountable on various environmental issues. Click on the map at that link to find the website for your state’s LCV and learn about your state and local candidates and issues.

Related resources:

·       Sierra Club’sendorsements  

·       ConservAmerica: formerly known as Republicans for Environmental Protection

·       Patagonia’s Vote the Environment project

Make sure that you are able and prepared to vote:

  • Verify that you are still registered to vote: Go to and click on your state and follow the links, or contact your county’s elections office.  Thousands of voters have been purged from the voter rolls in several states. Make sure you aren’t one of them.
  • Register to vote, or re-register to vote (if you’ve moved or changed your name or been wrongfully purged from the registration system): Pick up a voter registration form at a Post Office (or a library or government building) in your county; or go to or to your county’s election office to register. Be sure to register before the deadline for your state. And if you know you won’t be able to get to the polls on election, fill out the absentee ballot form to receive a mail-in ballot before the deadline.
  • Get info on your polling location and hours, as well as voting requirements in your area (e.g., voter ID requirements), and report any voting problems: Go to Election Protection’s website, or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE, email, or download their free Smartphone app.
  • Find out whether your state’s voting systems are reliable and publicly verifiable: 

And last but not least, vote for the sake of your family, future generations, and the environment and atmosphere that we all share and depend on for life. 


Miriam Landman is an accomplished writer, editor, and sustainability advisor with expertise in green living, green building, and sustainable communities. For daily links to sustainable solutions and success stories, connect to her Facebook page for The Green Spotlight. To receive concise, quarterly email updates from The Green Spotlight, sign up here.

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