I’ll be the first to admit: I have the hardest time talking politics with my neighbors. I’ve knocked on hundreds and hundreds of doors in my town, but not the doors of the moms and dads I see on the neighborhood playground.
How can you make it easier to broach politics with social acquaintances, despite the conventional wisdom discouraging it? Make it social, and put the “party” in tea party!
Try inviting friends and neighbors to a “ballot party” later this week or weekend. It could be any type of party—a backyard BBQ, a tea party, a unique Halloween bash—whatever suits you and your friends.
We all know the importance of an educated vote. In addition to candidates, there probably will be amendments or ballot measures that sound like they’d be good for your state or community. The party is an opportunity to discuss these measures thoroughly and make sure everyone understands the wording and the potential impact. This is just as important as voting for your local, state or national representative or senator.
So besides the food and some festive decorations, there are a few things you’ll want to have on hand:
Sample ballots. Usually you can get official sample ballots from your county’s department of elections. If you have trouble finding them, you can also check your state’s election website (Liberty Central has put together links for all 50 states here) for a list of candidates and ballot measures in your district, or ask a local campaign office for help.
Educational material. Collect campaign literature and articles about the candidates and issues, and make sure you have enough copies for everyone to take one home.
- Yard signs for your favorite candidates. Party favors with a purpose!
Don’t be afraid of a robust discussion. At the same time, be creative and make it fun! We’d love for you to share your ideas for a successful Ballot Party in the comments box below.
When you’re done sending out your invitations, please be sure to check back with Liberty Central for more of our 10 activism tips in these final days before the 2010 election, and read our daily inspiration.