Volume 1

The Elevated Edition

The Voting Issue

Voting. The cornerstone of American democracy. Whether you identify as a Democrat, Republican, Independent or something else altogether, get out and exercise your right to vote on November 3rd.


the percentage of the eligible population registered to vote in November 2018


the number of Americans who cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections — an estimated 53% of eligible voters


companies that have joined the nonpartisan “Time to Vote” movement — committing to give employees time off to vote

"Someone struggled for your right to vote.
Use it."

Susan B. Anthony

Welcome to the premier volume of The Elevated Edition.

I’m Ashley, founder of Shore to Summit, and the creation of this newsletter has been something that’s been on my heart, mind and soul for years. It’s the kind of content I’ve always wanted to create and never could have without the people behind me who’ve helped make this a reality.

The purpose of The Elevated Edition is to take everything we’ve learned in business and life and put it into practice.

While some months will focus on working on ourselves, others will pay tribute to our communities and the world at large.

This month ties directly into the times. Voting is a privilege we encourage you to pursue. The results of elections — both nationally and locally — directly affect the way you’ll do business in the future.

My first voting memory was the election of 1996. The polling location my mother took my siblings and I to had a voting booth for kids to cast their ballots, which I thought was the real deal. I proudly circled the picture of the candidate whose face I liked best and turned in my ballot to receive my very first ‘I voted’ sticker. To my chagrin, it would be another 20 years until I saw the inside of a voting box again.

I have something to confess: I am not the most consistent voter. The 2008 election was the first election I could vote, and though I was registered, I didn’t make it to the polls. Nor did I in 2012. I was too wrapped up in the self-absorption of my youth to be bothered. 

I realize many of us feel this way: as if our vote doesn’t matter enough to be bothered to stand in a long voting line. Yet, I can’t help but feel as if there’s more to the issue here.

One of the reasons many people stay home is because they don’t feel fully equipped when facing the ballot. Tickets are plagued with issues and referendums we don’t fully understand. Add to the mix our two party system where it’s difficult for most Americans to fully support a candidate.

Look, I get it, but there’s so much more at stake here than just who’s next in line for the Presidency. On election day you will elect candidates for the House of Representatives, local officials, referendums, amendments and judges. While a President can only cut through so much bureaucratic tape before we directly feel the effects of their reign, the election results of state and local representatives will be much sooner felt in our day-to-day lives. 

Which is why we put together this bipartisan voting resource. Voting is a lot less intimidating once you feel empowered and informed. Even if you come to the conclusion to not give your two cents on the next incumbent, learning what issues are at stake in your local government is enough to make a voter out of skeptics.

And let’s not forget the easiest and most powerful way to vote: with your dollars.

Where we choose to spend our money on a day-to-day basis directly effects the supply chain that determines policy. 

So get out there, get informed and we’ll see you at the polls November 3rd.

REGISTER: First and foremost, register to vote at vote.gov >>>

DEMOCRAT: Information from Joe Biden’s campaign >>>

REPUBLICAN: Information from Donald Trump’s campaign >>>

VOTE 411: See what’s on your ballot + other personalized voting information >>>

VOTE WITH CONFIDENCE: Every candidate and referendum, explained. >>>

POWER THE POLLS: America is facing a record shortage of poll workers this year. Help staff your local polling place >>>

Dates to Remember

VOTE FORWARD: Empower grassroots volunteers to help register voters from under-represented demographics and encourage them to vote  >>>

MAIL-IN: Mail-in voting has been available to all registered voters in Arizona since 1996. Officials showed us how it’s done. >>>

BIPARTISAN: The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship >>>

Frederick Douglass,

"A man's rights rest in three boxes. The ballot box, jury box and the cartridge box."

A Field Guide To Polling

"The ballot is stronger than the bullet."

— Abraham Lincoln

Further Reading

Ancient Greek Democracy

In the year 507 B.C., the Athenian leader Cleisthenes introduced a system of political reforms that he called demokratia, or “rule by the people” (from demos, “the people,” and kratos, or “power”). It was the first known democracy in the world.

Whose Vote Counts, Explained

Why is the right to vote in America still a fight? From voter suppression to disenfranchisement, see the roadblocks that stop voices from being heard.

11 Elections Decided by One Vote (Or Fewer)

Though a one-vote win is rare, it has happened before. Here are 11 elections where every vote really did count.

How Mail-in voting began on civil war battlefields

The 1860s paved the way for remote voting in the U.S., a process that faces renewed controversy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Why Socrates Hated Democracy

Socrates’s point is that voting in an election is a skill, not a random intuition. And like any skill, it needs to be taught systematically to people.

What Voting Rights Look Like in 6 Countries Around the World

Here’s a look at six countries and how their people vote.

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