Party at the Polls!
If you can help on election day, be sure to tell us your plans using the form on the right, so that we can track our impact and tell the media where we're active.
How to Start a Party at the Polls (if you already read this in the email, skip down to the "Tips" section, below).
You can do this while you're waiting in line yourself, you can come back after you've voted, or you can go to other polling places in your area where you hear there are long lines. Here are some ways you can make the wait easier and more fun for voters:
- Bring water, food, snacks. A lot of people might not have realized how long they'd have to wait. A little food and water can help give people the energy they need to power through. Cook something the night before, buy some bottled water to share. Healthy snacks are good, but you can also use the opportunity to get rid of extra Halloween candy.
- Bring some folding chairs. Some people may need a break from standing; you can give them somewhere to sit.
- Rain? Bring umbrellas, ponchos, plastic bags. Help people stay dry.
- Tell jokes, juggle, provide some other kind of entertainment. Are you a comedian, dancer, or street performer of some kind? Put on a show! Make sure it's family-friendly.
- Play some music or bring a boombox. Play an instrument? Bring it to the polls and play some songs. Bring a boombox. Take requests. Avoid music that might be offensive or abrasive to some people. Keep in mind that not everyone may like your music, so pay attention to how people are reacting; you don't want to drive anyone away.
Here are a few tips to make sure we're doing this in a responsible and inclusive way:
- Cooperate with poll-workers. Poll-workers have a tough job on election day, and we don't want to get in their way. If you talk to a poll-worker, ask if there's anything you can do to help, and if you bring food or water, make sure to offer some to the poll-workers.
- Be prepared to cover up campaign t-shirts, buttons, etc. Some places have rules against campaigning within 100 feet of the polls. Wearing a t-shirt or button can be considered a form of campaigning, so if you're wearing gear from a particular candidate, be prepared to cover it up or change into different clothes if someone asks you too.
- Above all, have fun, and spread it around.
Americans of all stripes are coming together in record numbers to decide the future of our country. Unprecedented turnout may mean long lines, but it's also a reason to celebrate--there's no reason the lines shouldn't be fun. Voters disagree on many issues, but we should all be able to agree that participation in our democracy is an exciting thing. Help bring a festive spirit to the polling place.