I’ve been thinking about the elections lately. I followed the 2012 election intensely as I tried to decide who (indeed, if) to vote for. I also ended up volunteering at a local precinct, where I did the oh-so-glamorous work of directing voters to the right table to claim their ballots, for those who had left their voter ID card at home. I’ve also been more than a lit ticked off by laws that to my mind seem aimed at restricting voter turnout.
My involvement isn’t exceptional. I mean, I know lots of other friends that are more keyed in than I am, both with this election and with grass-roots activism in general. But I was pretty aware of this election for me. So I thought I’d offer some thoughts about how the election could be run in a more meaningful, less headache-inducing way.
1. Make it feel meaningful. I’m no fool, and I know that there’s very little chance that my vote will sway the election. A national election where a hundred votes like mine made any difference would be razor-thin. But it’s important that people feel like their vote matters – not so much for the sake of the election, but because this leads to more political engagement beyond the election.
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