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Children can't vote, but parents and caregivers can. Learn how you can help the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) get out the vote and speak up for kids at the ballot box.

Here are some ways you can help advocate for your children:

  • Take the AAP Charlie Challenge. Take photos of AAP Charlie in your state and email them to Photos are posted in the AAP Charlie album on the AAP Federal Affairs Facebook page. To download AAP Charlie, click here.
  • Learn more about political candidates’ positions on child health issues. Stay tuned for new resources from the AAP Department of Federal Affairs in the coming months, such as a child health score card for U.S. Presidential candidates. In the interim, visit the AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) campaign site for more information on voter education and mobilization ideas.
  • Wear and use your Get Out the Vote (GOTV) gear: a pin, sticker, car sticker & AAP Charlie.
  • Visit for an online order form, where you can buy:
    • Posters for $6
    • T-shirts for $10
    • Bumper stickers for your car window for $4
    • Request complementary pins & stickers for GOTV or advocacy events
  • Talk to family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues in your community about the importance of children's health and well–being and where political candidates stand on pediatric issues.
  • Host a candidate forum in your town. Invite each political candidate, whether local, state or federal, to an event in your community where they can answer questions about their positions on key child health issues, and invite media to cover the event.

We hope you will help speak up for kids at the ballot box by helping the AAP get out the vote before the November elections!


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