The Best Ways To Get Involved in Elections

Learn the many ways you can get involved in the current election and create a positive impact. 

Updated July 11th, 2020 by Jeffrey Lee, Principal Editor

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1. Call or text for a campaign

If you have the time, calling or texting other eligible voters is often one of the best ways to help out a political campaign. Campaigns need many volunteers to carry out this work, so if you want to make a positive impact for a campaign, volunteer to call or text supporters. Just visit a political campaign’s website and they’ll have a way for you to get involved. 

2. Register to act on behalf of a political party

Registering to act on the behalf of a political party can help keep you in the loop of what is happening and how you can make a difference. If you are a democrat, you can register here. A republican? Register here. Looking for something different? Here’s an established list of political parties.

3. Adopt a Battleground State

This election will be decided by a handful of battleground states that you may not live in. Just because you don’t live in these states doesn’t mean you can’t get involved. On the Pod Save America website, you can adopt a battleground state and they will send you materials on the best ways to get involved in that State. You can find out more here.

4. Donate to a political campaign 

Donations can have a significant impact on an election. Candidates like Bernie Sanders have been able to create national campaigns thanks from the help of donations from voters. So it doesn’t matter if you can only date $1 or $5. Donating any amount can make a difference for a campaign and help them drum up more support from other voters. Just go to your favorite campaign’s website and donate what you can. It all helps. 

5. Promote candidates on social media

Promoting candidates on your social media channels can help spread the word and encourage others to get activated in politics. It is also the best way to campaign on your own time without having to join a political campaign as a volunteer. 

6. Register for an absentee (mail-in) ballot

Going to a polling place may not be an option some voters this election. That’s why it is best to register for a mail-in ballot while you still can. You can learn how to enroll to vote here.

7. Send Letters to Voters

Vote Forward is an organization that allows you to write letters to eligible voters encouraging them to get out and vote. While this might sound simple, the results have actually proven effective. Studies have shown that voters who received a letter are more likely to vote. It’s incredibly simple too. All you have to do is follow a template, complete, fold, sign, and mail it. 

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