So… I have to confess that although I’ve been really impressed with the postcards 4 voters things I’ve been seeing people do online, it’s really intimidated me. I am the opposite of artistically talented. So as much as I’d like to send postcards and NOT CALL PEOPLE (I hated being phone-banked at last election), I thought that maybe my efforts wouldn’t be good in that respect.
Then one of my friends showed me these:
And I was like… wait… I don’t have to hand draw/color in the cards? I can just GET cards that are already decorated? Where do I get these cards?!?!?
And she said, “Amazon sells them.” And I was aghast. Amazon DOES sell them! And many other cuter options as well! I feel so dumb. I ordered 200 postcards and they should be coming in the mail today. Then I went to the USPS stamps website and got 200 shell postcard stamps. (Sadly seashell is the only option.) I’m gonna give half of them to some undergrads to do with as they wish and I’m going to see what my little family can get done with the remaining.
(If you don’t want to do post-cards but do have a printer and some regular stamps, this looks pretty darn cool: https://votefwd.org/ — my sister lives in one of those districts… do her a solid!)
In addition to that:
On the day early voting starts, my department head will have sent out an email to all majors with an email I drafted that encourages those registered out of state to get their absentee ballots now if not sooner, explains how, when, and where early voting happens for people registered locally, where to get information on candidates and local races, what to bring to the voting booth, and how to vote on election day.
(Academic readers– can you do something similar at your school/ in your department?)
I’ve been going crazy giving money to local campaigns. Bogart just sent this link and I gave. November 2nd isn’t very long from now. Presumably my political giving will die down at that point.
I’m going to hand out more campaign pins since I got another 100.
I have never done much of anything for an election before. Like, I’ve voted, and I’ve given money to candidates here or there, but never this level. This is my first year of registering voters. This is my first year encouraging people to vote. This is my first year of buying pins. This is my first year of buying a yard sign (we have 3)!
My only hope is that if someone like me is doing something for the first time, then lots of someones like me will be doing something, and all this doing something will make a real difference in the outcome of the election.
Because I can’t stand another year of kids torn from their parents and a president getting a pass on tax fraud and constant worries about health insurance…and everything else (climate, social justice, women’s rights…). We can’t count on a blue wave– we have to BE the blue wave.
Tell us what you’re doing! Even if you’ve told us before! It means so much to hear we’re not alone.