Three days. In three days Americans cast their final votes for the next President of the United States.
Despite Trump’s rampant ineptitude and scandal-ridden campaign, the race is uncomfortably close. I don’t think it’s possible to overestimate the damage a Donald Trump presidency would inflict on the United States and the world. Beyond that, I agree with Nick Kristof — Hillary Clinton is a uniquely strong and capable candidate for President.
If you feel the same, there are some steps you need to take ahead of Election Day to ensure that Hillary is the next occupant of the White House.
Locate your polling place and make a plan to vote.
Don’t scramble at the last minute to find out where and when you can vote. Use the Clinton campaign’s tool to find your polling locations for early voting or voting on November 8.
Once you’ve decided when and where you’ll vote, mark it in your calendar. The Clinton campaign also offers to text you a reminder so you don’t forget.
Finally, make sure you know your voting rights. Most importantly, know that you have the right to vote if you are in line before the polls close. If anyone tries to tell you to leave, ignore them. Report voter intimidation to a poll worker, and call the Election Protection Hotline.
Candidates up and down the ballot need your help. Electing candidates who share Hillary’s ideals means the chance to make her progressive policies a reality. If you are interested in volunteering for Hillary Clinton, you can sign up to do so online. If you prefer to volunteer from home, take some time out of your day to make GOTV calls to voters in battleground states.
And of course, chipping in whatever you can (to all candidates you support) is crucial. Anything and everything helps.
Get your friends involved.
Volunteering for a political campaign is foreign to a lot of people. It might seem intimidating or like a lot of work. In reality, volunteering is easy. And if you do it with friends, it can be fun, too.
Phone banking and canvassing are as simple as talking to a neighbor, and they don’t take much time. Organizers know that volunteers are taking time out of busy lives to help a candidate. I’ve never felt like my time wasn’t respected or like I couldn’t handle what was being asked of me.
Plus, it feels good to not only vote for the people I believe in, but to also play an active role in making sure they succeed.
So spread the word. The more people who volunteer, the higher the likelihood that Hillary is the next President and that candidates who represent your interests are elected down the ballot.
We are at a tipping point in this country, but we have the opportunity to decide to head in a positive, progressive direction. Let’s not waste it.