Many people know that voting is important, but are intimidated from casting their ballots for lack of familiarity with candidates and issues.
VOTIVATOR is a way for such people to participate in elections on the “buddy system.”
By taking note of the ballot choices of their “votivators” – people they admire and whose values they share – they are engaging in democracy in an honorable way.
Here’s how you can get started, as mentioned in my original blog:
- BEFORE EACH ELECTION, create an “Event” on Facebook. Title: “ (your name): VOTIVATOR – Vote With Me November 8th
In “details”, write how you plan to vote in the upcoming election. List each elected office by district number, each ballot issue, how you will vote, and a brief reason for your vote.
Keep it short. Make reference to your sources of information – how did you learn about the candidates and issues? Add recommendations of websites for people to use for further information.
Be sure to invite your followers to join the main VOTIVATOR Facebook group.
As mentioned on Musings, “Voting is an act of faith. And so is inspiring others to vote.”
And what better way to vote than to do so with other believers? Just as church and community is integral to faith, why not make the act of voting the same?
In my original blog, I state the importance of using VOTIVATOR:
The greater the number of people who vote, the more politicians must pay attention to voters and respond to their concerns. Voting with your VOTIVATOR increases your VOTIVATOR’s influence with politicians and political activists. And as your VOTIVATOR’s profile is raised, your influence on the political process increases with theirs.
By teaming up and joining a community of educated VOTIVATORS, especially in an election year that’s become one of the most important elections of the nation’s lifetime, the act of voting can be honored, spread, and inspire others to use their civic duty and right.
The more we use the voice we are given within the capacity of voting, the more our voices can and will be able to affect change. And, of course, we’ve all written ad nauseam about the importance of exercising our civic duties, such as voting.
So, don’t just vote. Be a VOTIVATOR.
Read the original blog here.
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