2008 Happy Halloween! Let’s Get Preachy.
posted by October 31 at 16:32 PMon
If you are reading Slog, you are either voting or a felon. Either way, nobody in this general vicinity really needs any convincing about what to do on Tuesday.
But what are you doing right now? Honestly. The energy you are spending refreshing comment threads at Slog could be better spent. This isn’t like a pledge drive; no money, just effort. I haven’t seen anybody else write this sort of appeal on Slog, but I think this is worth beating into your skulls.
Are you in the media? You should post a blog entry today, tomorrow, or Monday that targets your specific interest group with information about local and national initiatives. Be authoritative. Be direct. Piss off your editor, even.
Are you not in the media? Post a blog entry. Or something on Facebook or MySpace or whatever the kids use these days. Same idea—target a specific interest, be authoritative, be direct.
Or how about you send an e-mail to Mom and Dad, or your extended family members, or family friends, with a combination of personal stories and insights into how this election’s issues affect you personally? This year, you can avoid BS, because facts will do the work for you. If you hate writing, pick up the phone and do the same. And if you’re convincing at all, try persuading these people to chain that along—to bug their families, their friends, whomever.
People will bail on voting for a variety of reasons on Tuesday—long lines, worries of voter bullying, whatever. America is pretty apathetic, and any dirty tricks on Tuesday are banking on that very fact. But you can’t dirty-trick away a landslide.