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How Can I Get More Involved?
Found a candidate you like enough to vote for? Do it! That is one of the most important and often neglected ways to participate.
Want to do more than that? Welcome to politics.
No candidate, no matter how dedicated, can be everywhere at once. That’s where volunteers come in. People in every city, state, and walk of life come out during election years to help make the world a better place. They do that by volunteering to get good people in office.
Giving your time, enthusiasm, social resources, and/or money are all effective and appreciated ways to back your candidate. You can volunteer by putting a yard sign in your yard, a bumper sticker on your car, or a pin on your lapel. Want to get more involved? Get to your local campaign office if there is one. They’d love to have help passing out literature, talking to undecided folks, and phone-banking voters. This is a great way to participate in the process and you’ll probably meet some like-minded people.
No office near you? You can still get involved. Many candidates make use of the wide-reaching power of the Internet, and it’s possible you can help. Check your candidate’s official website. They may list ways to get involved or tasks that need tackling. Some of them even have social networking resources online, and ways you can email or phone bank voters from your own home. They may have downloads you can use to canvas in your own area. If they don’t have what you’re looking for posted online, email them a query. Some enthusiastic and resourceful young staffer will be grateful for the help and affirmed by your support.
Have more money than time? Candidates always welcome monetary contributions. You don’t have to be wealthy to contribute. Small amounts add up and enable candidates to do all the printing, traveling, and staffing they need to do in order to achieve their goals.
Still not sure what your contribution will be? Why not call an office near you and ask what they need? You might be surprised at how many ways there are to make a difference.