As we go to the polls on Tuesday, let’s remember:
1. VOTE. Cast your vote. Let your voice be heard. We will wake up on Wednesday in some parts ecstatic and in some parts dejected and the only way we can keep moving forward is to participate. Oprah said recently (at a campaign rally in Georgia) that the ONLY place we are all equal is in a voting booth. So powerful. Your vote matters as much as mine, as much as anyone’s. Use it.
2. BRING THE KIDS. Lead by example. Let them see you go to the polls, get an “I Voted” sticker, and watch you participate in government. It’s the only way they will learn how to do it when it’s their turn.
3. DO YOUR RESEARCH. Check out ballotpedia or ivote or local news or ask a friend for guidance if you haven’t done the research yourself. Know who’s on the ballot and whose views represent yours.
4. FIND YOUR ISSUE. Are you “not political”? Find the issue that makes you political. Maybe it’s the environment or school safety or healthcare or infrastructure. Think about what frustrates you in your day to day life - that’s your issue. Pursue it.
5. SMILE. Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, if you’re voting, you’re American. We all are. Politics can divide us but smiles and kindness and authentic conversation unites us.