It’s not too early to begin thinking about how to maximize the voter turnout of conservative Alaskans.
In about two weeks, Alaskans begin in-person, special needs and electronic voting for the Nov. 8th general election. The deadline to request mail-in absentee ballots is Oct. 29. By Oct. 30 regional offices open up for absentee and early voting.
After perusing myriad voter turnout guides and websites, these are a few ideas that seem particularly pertinent for inspiring family, friends, fellow churchgoers and neighbors into casting a ballot this year.
TRANSPORTATION: If you’re a member of a church, civic organization, book club, men’s group, prayer chain, social group or other association, think about offering to provide transportation to voting locations on election day, or for early in-person voting later this month.
COMMUNICATION: Let those in your sphere of influence know why you’re voting this year. We’ve got a U.S. House and Senate seat up for grabs, the governor’s race, 59 state legislative seats and a constitutional convention question on the ballot. When people know what’s at stake, and why, they are more likely to engage.
TIME OFF TO VOTE: If you own a local business, think about giving employees a little extra time to vote. How about an extended lunch break on Nov. 8?
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TELL PEOPLE YOU’VE VOTED: After casting a ballot, let your network of family and friends know that you’ve voted. This can serve as a timely reminder to others that they need to get down to the polling places and cast a ballot.
LOCATION: Share this link with people so they know exactly where and when they can vote at polling locations across Alaska.
CHILDCARE: Consider offering to take care of a friend or neighbor’s children for an hour while they head to the polls. This can serve to increase turnout among busy and bustling families.
THROW A PARTY: Last but not least, think about hosting your very own “election central” party with friends who took time to vote. Good food, drinks and conversation may be all the motivation some people need.