What advocacy can I do in the closing days of the election?
Finally, after 19 months, this
election is about to end. In three weeks, the robocalls, non-stop super PAC
ads, and constant mud slinging will all be over and America will be headed to
their local polling place to select the direction this country for the next few
years. But, in the mean time, what can
grassroot advocates do in the 11th hour of this campaign?
We’re not only selecting a new
President, we’re also selecting whom we want representing us in Congress. One-third of the U.S. Senate is up for
re-election and all of the U.S. House of Representatives are facing the voters
on November 8th. Even if you live in a district or state without a
competitive race this fall, you can still make your voice heard. Now is the time when elected officials are
listening to their constituents more than ever. You have a perfect opportunity
to voice your support for your cause. These are a few ways how:
campaign rallies for both candidates.
If you are in a district with a
competitive race, chances are that both the Republican and Democrat candidates
are holding daily rallies and meeting with voters. Attend these rallies for
both candidates, even if you have already made up your mind on how you will
vote. If you get to meet the candidate or have an opportunity to ask the
candidate a question, take the opportunity to bring up your issue. If a
candidate hears enough about a particular issue, they will remember it when
they get to Washington.
Letter to the Editor. Write a
Letter to the Editor in your local paper. Highlight the issue you’re concerned
about and challenge both candidates to form a position on this issue. Candidates
read these papers, and your letter can help make your issue an issue in the
3.Vote! The most important thing you can do is go
vote on November 8 for the candidate you feel will most likely support your
cause once elected.
This long election is almost
over. However, there is still time for grassroot advocates to make an impact
and shape this campaign, setting the groundwork for legislative activity in the
upcoming Congress. Formulate your strategy
to make an impact in your local community that is felt all the way to Capitol
Written by Jeff Kratz, Guest
Contributor, Sower Advocacy Group