The U.S. is less than three weeks from the 2022 midterm elections, which will decide which issues are prioritized — and then passed or defeated — in local, state, and federal governments. Medical professionals generally understand how election results can affect their personal freedoms, the health of the communities they serve and live in, and even how they practice medicine.
Yet in the past, many medical professionals have refrained from voting. Historically, doctors vote about 20% less often than the general population. But as two physicians interested in the voting habits of our colleagues, we hope to see a change this year.
We recently published a viewpoint in the Annals of Internal Medicine outlining a four-step framework to improve voter turnout this cycle and to establish a stronger culture of voting in the profession.
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