Today you find me on quite a high.
On Friday, I got my ballot. As per my plan to fill it out and get it into my local dropbox within 24 hours, I indeed turned in my ballot on Saturday afternoon. IT FELT AMAZING. For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you saw the big smile on my face when I posted about it.
On top of that, I logged in to text bank for Joe Biden again and found that he has so many volunteers, they had sent out all of the text for the day in the first 5 minutes! I missed out, so I text banked for Doug Jones in Alabama. Just in case, I also signed up to volunteer for Barbara Bollier in Kansas and Rev. Rafael Warnock in Georgia.
I’m telling you, I’m riding high. I know we don’t know the outcome of the election, but I am not letting what time I do have on weekends and evenings go to waste. I could have done more in 2016 and I refuse to make that same mistake again.
If there’s anything I’ve come to believe with every fiber of my being in the last 4 years, it’s this: I believe in the power of activism to improve our government and society.
Before 2016, I really considered activism to be the heroic actions that amazing people like John Lewis or Gloria Steinem or Harvey Milk did. But I’ve come to understand that taking action is something we can all do. Those who care about an issue and then take some kind of action to help is an activist.
I love writing about the glaring issues plaguing our country here at Political Charge but even more, I love getting messages from readers asking me how to get involved, or that they signed up for a training, or that they’ve organized a few people to send letters. Then when you share with me what you’ve been doing and can’t wait to do more — it makes my day every time.
I assume everyone reading this is a voter. Voting is your right, and I hope you exercise it. But even more so, I hope you take some kind of action beyond voting to help Election 2020 go our way. If you need some suggestions, ping me. Leave a comment here, send me an email, or message me on social media. I’d be glad to help. And for those of you who are already helping, I’d love to hear what campaigns you’re working on!
One last thing. No matter which way the election goes, our action will still be needed. Hopefully we won’t have to resist for another 4 years. But if we do, then we’ll do that. But if we win, we’ll have more allies and champions in the government, and we can urge them to solve some of the biggest crises we are facing in the nation.
Know this — I’ll still be here, writing about the big issues and finding ways for us all to fit in a little activism along the way.
Get Out the Vote Tip of the Day: Go to the website of a candidate you like and read through their issues page. Write out 1 or 2 things you like most about what they want to achieve in office, and then share them — either on social media or in your conversations with friends and family!
Get the rest of my tips here: 19 Quick Ways to Turn Out the Vote in 2020
You do wonderful work, and your enthusiasm is infectious. Thank you!
You’re very welcome!
I love today’s tip of the day.
“Get Out the Vote Tip of the Day: Go to the website of a candidate you like and read through their issues page. Write out 1 or 2 things you like most about what they want to achieve in office, and then share them — either on social media or in your conversations with friends and family!”
I’m going to promote the LIFT EVERY VOICE: THE BIDEN PLAN FOR BLACK AMERICA. There’s a lot of misinformation out there. I hope this action will be helpful to other voters. Tokyo, thank you for all you’re doing.
Love it! Thank you for all your work, Toni!
I know the good feeling when my ballot is accepted and locked away to be counted. SO glad To live in Minnesota where we have a safe and fair voting history. Thanks for all your cheerleading and ideas over these difficult years; glad I discovered you early on. And, yes, there will still be work to do no matter the outcome of the election.
Thanks so much for your response, Joanne! I’m so glad your ballot has been logged!