1. APPEAL TO THEIR SENSE OF CIVIC DUTY. Remind them that voting is a way for their voices and values to be heard. As citizens, we have many opportunities to benefit our communities, and one of the ways to do that is by voting in the right people to work towards change.
2. HAVE A DIRECT CONVERSATION. In-person conversations tend to be more personal and effective than conversations on social media. Be sure to listen carefully to their concerns and offer advice on policy matters if their minds aren’t made up.
3. INVITE THEM TO JOIN YOU ON VOTING DAY. Sometimes, the logistical details are what discourage people from voting. Offer friends and family a ride to the voting booth. Or make a day of it and ride bikes together to the booth. For 2020 elections, be sure to mask up!
4. SHOW OTHERS YOU’VE DONE YOUR PART. Wearing an “I Voted” sticker is a social symbol that says you participated in an important event, and although it might seem like it doesn’t matter, many people are motivated by these indicators. Post a photo of you wearing your “I Voted” sticker on social media to encourage others to vote, too!
5. PASS THIS GUIDE ALONG! If it’s preferable to you, avoid the conversations completely and simply tell them how much you benefited from reading this guide!