If you are fed up with what’s happening in Frankfort or Washington, don’t just sit and stew – take action! Here are two things that EVERYONE can do.

#1 – Ask everyone if they are registered to vote.

You’ll be surprised at the number of people you meet who aren’t registered, or aren’t sure. Fortunately, there’s a simple way for them to get registered before the deadline on October 9. Just tell them to go to GoVoteKY.com, the online portal provided by the Secretary of State’s office.

Tell them they can register there, even using their phone, and it take about two minutes. People are surprised to learn they can do that, and often will write down the address and promise to do it as soon as they get a break.

With the online portal, there’s no reason for someone to not be registered to vote. Take a few minutes whenever you can, and ask people. I’ve asked cashiers in checkout lines, and baristas at coffee shops, and people working on my house. If we continue to share the web site with people, we can help people take part in the process.

#2 – Ask everyone if they are going to vote.

Once we pass the deadline to register (October 9), start asking people if they are going to vote in the election. Again, it’s a quick question, and helps build interest and momentum.

Typically, you’ll get one of three answers:

  • Of course I’m going to vote!
  • Maybe I’ll vote.
  • Why vote? It doesn’t do any good.

Rather than try to convince people to vote, the best thing to say is to tell them that YOU are definitely going to vote, and why. (You do have your own good reasons for voting, right?) By simply stating what you are going to do, you let them know what someone else is going to do, without seeming to shame them or argue with them.

If enough people are asking others “are you going to vote?” it will build interest, increase turnout, and get people more involved in the process. And even though some politicians actually want people to stay home, our goal at Forward Kentucky is to have every eligible voter be registered, be informed, and be voting.

So there you have it: two simple things that anyone can do to make a difference this fall. Start today, and let’s have massive turnout on November 6!

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Bruce Maples
Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs (BruceMaples.com and brucewriter.com). He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016. He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.