Taking Action If You Can’t Vote

Paige Braile Politics Oct 27, 2020

It’s important to take action in order in the 2020 presidential election however you can, the next presidential term will impact our personal futures and the future of America. For those of us that aren’t eligible to vote, though, it can be tricky figuring out how to take action and what we’re actually able to do. However, we’re more capable than what we think, and, yes, our voices can actually make a difference.

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EDUCATE YOURSELF

If you want to start taking action, you need to know what you are taking action for and what you stand for. Make sure that you are learning from more than one resource. Don’t watch the same news channel or exclusively read the same newspaper. Instead, incorporate different types of news resources to fully educate yourself and to form your own opinion based on facts.

Another very important thing is to know the candidates: know what you agree with, know what you disagree with, and which one you prefer over the other. The chart on the right provides unbiased information about the candidates and their stances on certain subjects, such as healthcare, the economy, foreign policy, abortion, criminal justice, education, and climate change.

USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Social media is powerful. By posting on social media, anyone who sees it will be influenced and you will bring more attention to the topics you choose to highlight. One great way to get more attention to your posts is using popular hashtags that are relevant to the subject you’re posting about. For example, when posting about the election, you can use #Vote2020, #2020election, #Vote, etc.

ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO VOTE

In the 2016 presidential election, 46.9% of 231,556,622 eligible voters in America did not vote (roughly 109 million people). This year, COVID-19 has complicated voting procedures; however that is no reason not to vote. In fact, there’s three ways to vote this year: in-person voting on election day, in-person early voting, and voting by mail (the chart below explains voting this year more in-depth). With three different resources to vote, there should be no reason that someone who’s eligible to vote chooses not to. As said earlier, social media is powerful. You can start encouraging others to vote by posting on social media and talking to family members/peers that are eligible to vote.

Ways to vote. Graphic by Paige Braile and Peggy Yin

Even if we aren’t eligible to vote, by educating ourselves, using social media to our advantage, and encouraging others to vote, we can make a difference in the 2020 presidential election. Get involved in any way you can and make sure to use your resources.

Featured Image by Viviane Kim & Iris He

SOURCES

- commonsense.org

- soyouwanttotalkabout (sources used in post: joebiden.com, cbpp.org, planned parenthood, khn.org, reuters.com, vox, business insider, NYtimes, politico, brennancenter.org, the guardian, nea.org, americanactionforum.org, cfr.org, abc news, usa today)

- electproject.org

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