What Else Can I Do?
EFFECTIVE, BUT EASY, ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE ON YOUR OWN NOW TO BE HAPPY IN NOVEMBER!
1) Register voters
Helping register voters is proven to be the most effective way to get people to turn out on Election Day:
- The WNDC Educational Foundation has developed a user-friendly voting toolkit, www.yourvoicematters.vote, compiling information on the most common voting questions, and the most useful tools to engage people in this year’s important elections. Please use, share, and promote this free resource with the people in your life.
- Send an email to your networks urging them to check their registration status through Vote.org. This organization helps people register and follows up by texting reminders as Election Day gets closer.
- Send an email or text to the young people in your life (13-17 year olds) encouraging them to take the Vote.org pledge to register. They’ll be asked for their first name, birth date, and phone number, and Vote.org will text them on their 18th birthday to help them register to vote.
- Send letters to unregistered voters, urging them to register and vote. Vote Forward will send you a research-tested letter template as well as addresses of likely Democrats in key districts. You can do this on your own or with your household (though you have to pay for printing and postage).
2) Contact voters
- Write postcards to voters in key races by signing up with Postcards to Voters. You’ll be sent addresses and messages you can hand write to encourage a fellow Democrat to vote. Ask for a lot of addresses, open a bottle of wine, and engage with your friends in activist therapy – safely distanced of course. (Seriously. Research shows that people taking action are happier and less stressed than those who are just watching the news and fretting.)
- Join the Open Progress text-troop. They’ll train you in how to talk in-depth about issues to educate other voters, as well as how to help them find their polling stations. It does not use your phone number, and “just two hours a week will let you reach thousands.”
- Text, postcard, or phone-bank to inform and mobilize voters of color who are particularly being targeted by GOP voter suppression tactics. Sign up with Reclaim Our Vote, and catch one of their regular trainings featuring insider information about how races in different states are playing out.
- Put your Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts to work towards our November win. Sign up to join DemCast’s many actions, including social media storms –planned digital calls to action on behalf of great candidates
3) Mobilize your friends and colleagues
- Host virtual convention and debate watch parties with friends and family to watch Vice President Joe Biden take on Donald Trump. Check out the calendar to see those–and other–important dates. Even better, have people write letters to voters they have downloaded and printed via Vote Forward while they’re watching.
- Choose a candidate and see how much your network can raise for this person. See WNDC’s roster of key candidates, or find your own favorite one. Your contributions support digital, TV, and other advertising to build name recognition–particularly crucial for women candidates, research shows, who have a harder time raising funds.
- “Bring” friends with you to some of the many virtual activism events organized by the Democratic National Committee.
4) Fight for fair and safe voting
- Contact your state officials to demand Safe Voting Now, a campaign which has identified the most effective—and doable—changes to voting procedures that need to happen in each state. Click on your state learn what quick action you can take to ensure your vote is safe and counted. Share this link with friends and family around the country. This is urgent work!
- Volunteer to be a polling observer or staff the voter information hotline in your community, helping to protect all voters’ rights in this age of increased voter suppression. In the Washington, DC area, there is particular need in Virginia, and even non-VA residents can help. Contact the Arlington Democrats to learn how.
- Fight online voter disinformation. Improve your media literacy savvy with this article from The Verge. Follow and retweet facts set straight by the Democratic National Committee’s War Room, or make your own contribution, as the DNC recommends, by using fact-checking sites to inject the truth into suspicious social media debates. Remember to do so in a way that does not attack the sharer (who may unwittingly be passing on false information).
- Watch How You Can Combat Disinformation Online, a presentation by Lilly S., the head trainer of the WNDC GOTV Committee and a Digital Democratic Strategist.