If you follow anything political or GOTV, you know that elections took place all across the country this week. And they were kind of a big deal. From small-scale municipal elections to voting for governor, people cast their ballots for positions and initiatives both small and large. Let’s dive into what got people talking at peak election fever.
A punchy text graphic that gets to the point about what’s at stake if you decide that politics just “isn’t your thing.” Sitting on the sidelines only gives more power to other people to make decisions for you — whether it’s keeping your wages low or denying you health care coverage.
Why share? We have the power to influence decisions that affect every aspect of our lives. Once people realize they give up agency when they choose inaction, they may be motivated to do something.
The good news: More and more college students are exercising their right to vote. The bad news: States are creating barriers that prevent and discourage college students from voting. Whether it’s effectively shutting down campus early voting centers or enforcing convoluted voter ID rules, these changes are silencing the voices of young adults who want to speak up.
Why share? Just as young voters feel inspired to vote, restrictions pose a threat to access. Exposing voter disenfranchisement efforts can lead to change — or at the very least, spread awareness.
Speaking of student voters, there’s a bill in Illinois that aims to allow high school students to leave school for two hours to cast their ballot without any academic repercussions. At the time of this post, the bill is awaiting the approval of Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Why share? People often talk about how young people are politically disengaged. This bill could motivate Illinois high schoolers to get involved as soon as they’re eligible — setting up a habit that will (hopefully) last a lifetime.
A major mistake was on display for all to see in Jackson, Mississippi. A mixup placed Vote.org ads intended for Louisiana in Mississippi — advertising that Election Day was on Nov. 16 instead of Nov. 5. The issue was fixed within 24 hours, and to make amends, a larger number of ads with the correct date were plastered on billboards in the area.
Why share? Even people with the best intentions make mistakes. Vote.org states this was an honest accident and not a voter suppression effort. If you or anyone you know is encouraging others to vote, make sure you double- and triple-check for errors like this one!
Sure, local elections aren’t as attention-grabbing as, say, choosing the next president of the United States. But they matter. Much more of your everyday life is decided at the local level, so get out there — even if it’s an “off-year.”
Why share? People’s votes have the most tangible impact on the state and local level. Let’s get voters excited about local elections. The payoff could be huge for something seemingly so small.