This is a pivotal election in our country’s history. I feel compelled to take action in this election more than ever before. I recently discovered that some of the ways to take part in an election aren’t as intimating as I thought previously. I’m sharing how to do your part in the 2020 election, in case you’re looking for some ideas. By the way, the 2020 election is on Tuesday, November 3.
First things first: Register to vote or check your registration, especially if you have recently moved.
Next request a mail-in ballot or make a plan to vote in person. This means finding your polling place or looking up where early voting is taking place. Sometimes early voting is in a different location or at different hours than on Election Day. Figure out how you will get to the polls, if needed. Make a plan for voting day regarding what time you will aim to vote. Waiting until the last minute (before polls close) can be risky because lines might be longer. If you can, vote earlier in the day or earlier than Election Day.
If you vote early and you have the ability to do so, sign up to be a poll worker, observer or election judge. Find out how at Power the Polls or your local election official’s website.
Encourage your friends and family to vote. Arrange a carpool to vote with your family members if needed.
Sign up to write letters to unlikely voters to urge them to vote. Vote Forward is one organization that facilitates this. Make it more fun by having a Zoom party with friends and family as you all write letters.
Sign up to make calls to voters. Call goals can vary from recruiting volunteers, helping people sign up to vote or check their registration or gauging support for a canddate. You can sign up by visiting the candidate’s website.
Put up yard signs.
Host a virtual fundraiser.
If you can, donate to campaigns you support.
If you have any other ideas for how to participate, please comment below.