I saw that headline in my inbox and it got my attention. I’m on Twitter a lot and talk with a great many hard-working citizens doing everything they can to make sure the Democrats flip a lot of seats this November.
But, it can be easy to get sucked into Twitter, or Facebook, or whatever form of social media you like best. Since you’re talking about politics all day, it feels like everyone is.
But they aren’t.
I heard from several friends this weekend about how their canvassing had gone. Generally speaking, they were having lots of good interactions with voters. But, there were voters who weren’t entirely sure when the election was (!!!), or who the candidates were!
We’re now just shy of the November elections and our focus must be on getting out the vote. There are lots of effective ways we all can be getting out the vote.
If you tend to do everything on social media, consider doing something in the real world to bring attention to voting. Talk to people in your life, even if you just start with your barista at a local coffee shop. Get involved with canvassing for a campaign or phone bank and talk to actual voters. That personal connection makes a HUGE, statistically relevant difference to voter turnout.
Again, there is a lot of great organizing happening on social media but be careful that the work you put into politics online doesn’t take the place of doing the work in the real world.