We finally find ourselves a day away from the last day to vote — Election Day. These midterms have been looming large for all of us who pay close attention to politics. The stakes are so very high.
When I think about creating digestible content for my audiences, especially on social media, I spend time weighing if I should dig into specific races or talk from the 30,000 foot above viewpoint. I end up doing both, of course. Focusing on terrible candidates that we must keep away from official offices is a great way to inspire people to take action. But talking about the overall stakes is a way to help us all feel more connected in purpose on the left.
And the stakes are high. One only has to look at the vast numbers of Republicans who either ignored the horrific attack on Paul Pelosi, or worse, mocked the attack, to recognize that the current Republican party is one that needs to be expelled from our government — as quickly as possible. They are allowing political violence against the left to grow, bait their supporters to hate Democrats for … being Democrats, and only have a single mission which is to usher in a twisted Christo-fascism to America.
We’re in a deeply dangerous place and it would be the most normal thing in the world to admit you’re anxious about what might happen on Tuesday.
And as I’ve said before, I think we’re in for a bunch of surprises. No doubt there will be some heartbreaking losses for us. And I think we’re going to have some significant wins. I just really don’t know how to predict this particular election. Too many things are different about our country this time around, and I don’t think old models are going to be particularly helpful.
All the more reason to make sure you vote, and get everyone you know to vote, too. The stakes are too high and the environment is too messy to be able to predict. So let your voice be heard.
A final note
Making a plan to vote can increase your likelihood of voting by 10%! (You could walk friends through these questions, too.): What time will you vote? Where will you vote? How will you get there? What ID do you need to bring?
And remember, if you run into any problems casting your ballot, (or know of anyone who has issues), call (866) OUR-VOTE immediately. The trained volunteers at the Election Protection Hotline will be able to help you.
Thank you for voting!