5 Easy Ways to Make a Difference ahead of the November 8th election
The midterm elections are less than a week away and, as you well know, there’s a lot on the line this November.
Powerful reforms to engage more voters and improve representation are on the ballot, but they’ll only be pushed over the finish line come election day if there is a concerted effort to spread awareness and get out the vote!
So, with much at stake, we’ve put together a guide that highlights five easy ways that you can make a difference this election.
As Abraham Lincoln famously stated, “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” The moral of the story is: Don’t be the person sitting on blisters!
It's important to get out and VOTE this November election. Here are a few tips to help make voting easier.
This one is BIG. Nevada’s pivotal Question 3 ballot measure —opening up Nevada primaries to all voters — is on the ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment. If approved on Tuesday, it would advance a powerful Alaska-style reform: nonpartisan primary system + ranked choice general elections, which that would give power back to the voters and, subsequently, allow the 600,000 unaffiliated Nevadan voters the right to vote in future primary elections. (The measure would have to pass a second time in 2024 to become law.)
Advocates are working tirelessly to educate Nevadans to vote “YES” to Question 3 on election day, and you can help their efforts in the following ways:
For the first time in our nation’s history, we will see the highest-ever number of states, cities, and municipalities with ranked choice voting on the ballot — including Nevada, Evanston IL, Ojai CA, Portland OR, Seattle WA, Fort Collins CO, and numerous other jurisdictions!
This is a HUGE deal. Why? Because election reforms like ranked choice voting gives power back to millions of voters who are currently not being represented by our current election system.
How can you help these efforts? The easiest way to support passing ranked choice ballot measures is a.) find out whether it's on your ballot this November and b.) VOTE for these measures. Check out FairVote’s Ranked Choice Ballot Voter Guide to educate yourself and, better yet, pass it along to your friends and family, too!
Are you someone who loves to talk on the phone and is passionate about advocating for nonpartisan election reforms? If so, volunteering at a phone bank is the perfect opportunity for you!
Here are two volunteer phone banks focused on educating voters about election reform ballot measures that need your help:
November 7th is Election Hero Day so don’t forget to thank your local election workers for their heroic efforts to protect our democracy.
Protect Our Election is coordinating a nationwide effort to thank these public servants for their tireless work and would love your help. To join the “Thank Our Election Officials” initiative, check out Protect our Election’s toolkit, which includes postcard templates, letter scripts, social media sample language, opportunities to organize events in your community, and ideas for homemade art projects and recipes!
Let’s make sure our election workers are appreciated this November!