Our anxiety has been through the roof. Here we are, a day away from the most consequential election in our nation’s history (as far as we're concerned) and this can go either way. We want to watch the news and read social media, so we know what is going on, but we spend most of the time with our hands over my ears or eyes. The anxiety has been killing us (and probably even you), and we are caught with nothing to do to change the dynamics. We are bystanders and completely out of control.
The stakes are high and we know what is at stake in this election. Our health care, our disability, our jobs, our safety, our faiths, our mental health — it is all on the ballot and with just a day out, anything could happen to the trajectory of the campaigns.
You can also do this from home. Maybe you are a graphic designer, a technical genius, a lawyer, or a speechwriter. You are needed. Campaigns cannot afford to hire all the people they need and could use you as a volunteer.
Could We Really Make a Difference?
Yes, you can. Your voice and your vote matters. We suggest that you can get involved in a campaign or a party volunteer opportunity.
The Decision to Take Control & Actively Making a Difference
You can get involved too. Depending on whether you can leave the house or not, there are various opportunities. Take a look at the following list and take control back of your destiny. This is not exhaustive so search on the internet for other opportunities:
1. Text voters.
You can do this from home, it is no-contact and you do not have to use your own number. You will also be texting those friendly to your cause or the undecided.
2. Offer your skills.
You can also do this from home. Maybe you are a graphic designer, a technical genius, a lawyer or a speechwriter. You are needed. Campaigns cannot afford to hire all the people they need and could use you as a volunteer.
3. Register voters.
This may be hard to do from home, so you may need to get out and do this one, but some states have an online registration or same-day registration. Talk to your local campaign about how they are doing this.
4. Write to other voters.
This can be done at home with low- to no-contact. You will be given postcards and stamps to mail to voters in your state or swing states to ask them to vote for various candidates. There is data to show that this has made a big difference in close races.
5. Call voters from your home. Time will have to pass before we sit in a room together making phone calls, but if you’re willing to take on this important campaign task, contact your candidate’s campaign and see if they’ve arranged for at-home calling.
6. Hotline calls. This is all done contactless and there is no risk of exposure. You are speaking over the internet with mainly friendly eager potential voters (though sometimes, you get someone trolling the party) who just want to know the best way to access the polls.
Elections Are Not a Solo Sport!
If someone says they do not know who to vote for (believe it or not, some people have still not made up their mind) tell them why you are passionate about your candidate and say if they cannot vote for them, could they please vote for you? Some states have ballot initiatives, and people are scared to vote one way or another on them, but there is a lot of drop boxes, and any other relevant elections information. Encourage others to get involved.
If someone says they do not know who to vote for (believe it or not, some people have still not made up their mind) tell them why you are passionate about your candidate and say if they cannot vote for them, could they please vote for you? Some states have ballot initiatives, and people are scared to vote one way or another on them, but there is a helpful website that goes over all the states’ ballot initiatives and gives you the information you need to make an informed decision. Make sure you and everyone you know has a plan and executes it for the election. We must ALL get involved.
We are inspired to do all we can to play our role in changing society for the better. Even if you cannot do more than vote, then vote knowing you are participating in one of the most precious rights we have as citizens. We can do this together. Get out there and make a difference.
See you on the other side of November 3!
If you want to know more about Vote4MentalHealth, check here with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).