It’s no secret that the world is burning down around us. If you think everything is fine and want to keep America great, then maybe this beginners guide to getting involved in politics isn’t for you. But, the truth is our economy is suffering. Our citizens are suffering. Our school-aged children are suffering. We’re leading the world in deaths from a global pandemic. On top of all of that, it’s an election year, probably the most contentious in my lifetime.
In 2016, I was gutted at the Presidential election results. I recall texting Megan as I lay down that night and asked if it was really over. I have looked back often at this post she wrote asking what was next for our country. It was a terrifying time, indeed. Who knew it would become so much worse?
I am trying to sell them the world. Any decent realtor, walking you through a real shithole, chirps on about good bones. This place could be beautiful, right? You could make this place beautiful.From Good Bones by Maggie Smith
Three Things I Did To Become Politically Active
I am one person. A “suburban housewife,” nonetheless. I asked myself in 2016 what I could do to make a change and become more politically active.
The first thing I did was to change my party affiliation. A long-time registered Republican that always skewed and often voted left, I knew it was time to make it official.
Second, I volunteered with an organization called Postcards to Voters. Its mission is to handwrite postcards to targeted voters in hopes to give Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast. This was a grassroots effort in 2017 and has grown to over 75,000+ volunteers today.
Related: Organizations that need your support
Finally, I voted. I voted in every local and state election since 2016. This is a really good article from none other than Ben & Jerry’s about why voting in local elections is important. Give it a read and grab a pint or two next time you’re at the grocery store.
When to Vote in the 2020 Election
Mail-in-voting is under fire right now in our country. Heck, the United States Postal Service is likely to lose all funding under a Trump presidency. If you are voting by mail in the 2020 election, you need to allow at least 14 days for your ballot to get to its polling precinct. This means, you must mail your ballot no later than October 20, 2020.
You can also drop your ballot in a secured ballot drop box. I already saw one installed near my home. You can drop your ballot as soon as it is allowed. Google “Where to drop off a ballot + your state” to find where these secure boxes are located in your county.
Is Volunteering Enough to Beat the GOP in 2020
Do what is best for your family and circumstance. But, if you even have a few bucks to spare to a campaign, consider ActBlue – a nonprofit online fundraising platform that acts as a conduit for individual contributions sending grassroots donations to the campaigns that are using the platform for fundraising.
Adopt a Swing State
Vote Save America is a great website that walks you through simple steps to get out the vote. They also have a program, Adopt a Swing State, to help you make a difference in the states that will be key players in November.
Have the Hard Conversations with Your Kids
Election or not, there are some serious injustices happening in our world and these conversations need to start at home. We’re fans of The Week Junior for helping facilitate these conversations.
The world can be a beautiful place again. Let’s do our part.