If not now, when?
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:
- Send an email to your networks urging them to check their registration status through vote.org. This organization not only helps people register, but 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 Dems in key districts. You can do this on your own, or with a group of friends (though you have to pay for printing and postage).
2) Contact voters
- Write postcards to voters in key races, either using your own downtime or with friends by hosting a postcard-writing party. Sign up with Abby the bot at Postcards to Voters. You’ll be sent addresses and messages you can handwrite 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. (Seriously. Research shows that people taking action are happier and less stressed than those who are just watching the news and fretting.)
- Join OpenProgress’s 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 2 hours a week will let you reach thousands.”
3) Mobilize your friends and colleagues
- Have a Super Tuesday results watch party (March 3) — or debate watch party. Keep it fun and just watch and discuss, or make it more active: have people write postcards or letters, or pass the hat to raise funds for candidates.