Today, I will begin to describe the objectives of this project.
• To engage
• To illuminate
• To activate
To engage others can mean many things; it already suggests several to me…various tasks that have made the “To Do” list. The fact that you are reading this post could be due to a post in the Facebook Page, a comment at another blog, or a result of someone you know having accepted The Challenge…and now they have invited you along (Welcome!).
I’ve even created a stylishly elaborate card to hand off should conversation open the door…
Yes, that is chocolate in the background…powering the project.
Where the goal is increased voter participation, then the mission—in part—becomes increased voter registration. If someone is not already registered, they are lacking either:
1. information on how to register, or…
2. reasons to do so
As for #2, that will be the main function of this blog…to offer sufficient reasons to vote. (Stay tuned.) As for #1, one can start with The U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Contact your state online tool.
If someone is already registered, the approach is to increase the likelihood that they actually go to the polls, and—when they do—that they have as much information available as possible. That is an interesting challenge itself. There may be many ways that a site like this could help spread the news. (Holler if you have a hunch.)
For example, since you are reading this, you are likely to have something to say, too. Maybe there you have a comment to share. Maybe there is an online tool that you know about that we might highlight.
Maybe you would write a guest-post for this blog.
Are you registered to vote? If you are registered, then—in order to pull those levers, or check those boxes, or tap that touchscreen—what information about candidates and issues would you like to have?
Plenty of folks have worked on this, obviously. What I am offering is a challenge; what I propose is a viral campaign; a personal invitation to pass along a personal invitation.
Share this message and its mission with someone familiar…and let’s see what happens.
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