Here are five things every American should do on Election Day, November 6, 2018.
- Vote. If you haven’t mailed your ballot or dropped in into a voting box, stop whatever you’re doing and turn in your ballot. If you’re at work, use your lunch hour or the provision some states make for a little time off to vote. If you don’t know where your polling place is, contact your state or county elections office, or look it up here.
- Tell people you’ve voted. It’s not important that you tell them how you voted, but by seeing that voting is important to you, your friends and colleagues may move it up on their priority list, too.
- Goose someone. Some folks feel that their vote doesn’t count, so it might help to remind them that not voting counts, too. Pollsters note that non-voters are responsible for the results we have now — not just nationally but in every municipality. That’s because when we abdicate our responsibility to vote, we give enormous power to those who disagree with us. In other words, for every one person who doesn’t vote, another person gets effectively 200% of the say to which they are entitled. “Not voting” is the act that gives your voice to someone else.
- Enable someone. If you discover that a friend isn’t voting because they don’t have a driver’s license (hello, Millennials using Uber) and therefore couldn’t register, encourage them to dig up their birth certificate and make an appointment to take them to the department of licensing so that they can get an official state photo ID. Even if it’s too late to affect this election, do it now so there’s no chance they’ll miss the next one.
- Text, tweet, or email someone. “Have you voted yet?” or “Need a ride to the polls?” are great ways to remind your friends and family to get to their polling place or post office.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead