How to be politically engaged during an election year

2020 is a huge year for politics, and you have the power to make an impact in your community. Here are five ways you can be politically engaged during an election year. 

1. Vote 

Whether you’re a seasoned voter or a first-time voter, your voice counts. Sometimes, elections are decided by just a few votes, and some people in power don’t want you to have a voice. Voting is the easiest way for you to flex your political power. 

Use your power to elect leaders who you believe will make the changes you want to see at the federal level or local level. Remember that if you don’t vote, somebody else will, and they’ll vote for someone who supports the issues they care about. 

If you’re unsure of how to vote during COVID-19, here’s a guide to help you out

2. Use social media to support issues and causes you care about

Using social media to raise awareness about issues is a great way to rally people behind a cause. Digital advocacy is becoming more and more common during this time, so you can join some of the many ongoing social media campaigns or create your own. 

Before you start posting on social media about the issues you’re passionate about, make sure to do research first to avoid the spread of misinformation. Check out more of our tips on how to be a digital advocate

3. Join a campaign

Is there a candidate you believe in? By working on a campaign, you can support that candidate while helping to get more women in elected office. There are so many different things you can do while working on a campaign, including calling or texting voters. Campaigns are not won on election day, so the sooner you join a campaign, the better. 

If you want to campaign during COVID-19, just make sure that you’re following social distancing guidelines.  

Here’s a guide on how to campaign like a boss and some tips for working on a campaign

4. Run for office 

BE the change you want to see. You can run for office and make a difference in your community, whether it’s student government or local government. You are a leader and now is your time to step up to help shape the future political landscape. There are so many different positions you can run for, all you have to do is take that first step. 

Check out this guide on how to campaign on campuses during COVID-19 and follow these five steps to run for officeIGNITE is here to help you harness your political power. If you want to run for office in the future, join a local IGNITE college chapter or become a Fellow so you can build those connections and mobilize other young women.  

5. Register voters 

Did you know that Gen Z is the fastest-growing portion of the electorate? If you already plan to vote, then get your friends to vote! By mobilizing people in your area, YOU can help decide the upcoming election. Take our pledge to #IGNITEtheVote and invite your friends to do the same. 

Registering voters is one way you can make a direct impact. Take it a step further by attending our upcoming virtual national conference, Young Women Vote. This way, you can learn from elected officials and experts about how to get more of your friends registered and ready to vote.