CITIZEN PARTICIPATION DURING THE PRE-ELECTION PERIOD
One of the best times to make an individual’s voice heard is when prospective candidates are in the running for a political seat. Voting is an effective and crucial component of the election process. There are also many other ways that one can contribute to the electoral success of their predetermined political party.
Getting the Candidate of Choice in Office
Educate – The candidates must be thoroughly researched. Their pros and cons must be clear. People want to know how they will benefit if the candidate were to win the election. Sharing what is learned with peers will help convey why they should vote. Many refrain from voting at all if they don’t feel a personal connection with a candidate.
Political Contributions – Most campaigns require sufficient financial contributions and sacrificed time. While most parties welcome any donations, there is a standard financial guideline regular contributors follow. Individuals can donate their time at local political venues where they can influence the stance of both leaders and peers simply by speaking.
Social Media – Almost everyone has time to read or post a message in social media outlets. People of all ages are using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to communicate. This has become a popular platform for expressing one’s opinion and has proven to be influential. Email blasting social contacts is another way to reach peers. The content sent should be considerate of time and concise.
Petitions – Getting petitions signed is an age-old method of gathering a majority vote to make a unified decision that may affect an entire group of people. This method has been used to support prospective candidates in earning a ballot position in the election polls.
Every individual has the ability to be an active participant and supporter that can make a difference in the outcome of an election. Those with heavy itineraries may think they don’t have the time to be heard. Everyone could make a conscious decision to spare as little as 5 minutes of their time daily to share their point of view. Education amongst peers will encourage more votes based on facts. Knowledge plays a key role in this political era.