With primary season coming up soon, figuring out how to make an impact. While volunteering for a campaign or some other larger commitment is a great thing to do, you may only be interested in something smaller.
So here’s what anyone can do to to help get out the vote: call up a bunch of people you know who live nearby on election day and ask them: “Have you voted?” and if they haven’t, ask them if they could use a ride or any assistance while they go and vote. The key here is to make it so that person has no excuse for not voting.
That’s a really simple thing to do, but the sad thing is, very few people bother to do it. Every vote helps on election day, and you can help ensure people you know turn out to vote.
Now, there’s obviously some good practice to be used here. You should try and focus on people who are likely to go and vote for your preferred candidates, but obviously don’t make it a prerequisite if someone asks for your help.
In primaries in particular, giving people rides or doing favors for them on election day can do more than mobilize your candidate’s existing base. In a primary, people don’t really know who they should be voting for or why, and they will probably ask you your thoughts. You’ll have a chance to pitch your guy and hopefully that will earn a vote, as much out of gratitude as convincing. Again, it’s not something worth getting belligerent about.
Of course, this can be expanded more widely by targeting organizations likely to have a large majority of voters who lean your way. This gives you more opportunities to help and get out the vote, and can certainly be pitched as non-partisan.