People react to situations in different ways, there seems to be feelings of frustration and anxiety in the air, but don’t despair because there are some things that you can do to alleviate these emotions, or channel them in a different direction. One way is to get involved in your community and local government by volunteering for your child’s PTA, make it a point to attend some school board and city council meetings, or pay a visit to your Alderman’s office.
In advance of the next election get in contact with the proper officials about becoming a poll watcher or election voter observer. Improving awareness about the importance of voting is important. Setting an example and being knowledgeable about the issues is key especially if you have a teenager or millennial in your home. Your actions greatly influence them. Statistics from this election indicate that only 55 percent of voters turned out, this was the lowest it has been in 2 decades when it was 53.5 percent – CNN
Grassroots efforts are important, there are many organizations out there to get people involved, I’ll just name a few:
Rock the Vote is a non-profit organization that provides a way to get involved with the community and the voting process. You can host your own event – bringing people together in your area to focus on voting awareness, help out at an event where you assist with voter registration or maybe put up signs or you can become an advocate, starting out slowly by sharing information on social media and with family and friends. youthvote.org
League of Women’s Voters – This is probably one of the oldest organizations that encourage people to vote. Since the 1920’s they have been working diligently to make women voters aware of how important it is to vote. You can Join The League of Women’s Voters here. You can also become a volunteer and get involved with voters in your area.
SERVICEVOTE – This program was initiated by the Youth Changing the World organization and its purpose was to raise awareness among youth regarding voting and its importance and how important it is in today’s society. The program targets people between 15-25 years of age with the hopes that they will become more informed and involved citizens concerning politics. ServiceVote.
There are many more organizations out there, so remember there is more than one way to voice your opinion, some choose social media others choose public outcry, taking action in an appropriate manner allows you to release some steam, as long as it is done in a safe, respectful way, but remember sitting back and complaining will only harbor feelings of bitterness and that is not good at all. So whatever your party affiliate is go on get out there have some fun, relax, you might enjoy it and just think of the difference you are gong to make.