AMP Votes 2014: Eight Ways to Get More Involved

As part of our AMP Votes 2014 series, we’ve been blogging in recent weeks about the importance of participating in this fall’s election.  The leaders we elect November 4th will put in place the energy policies that will shape Michigan’s energy future for years and even decades to come.

Whatever your views, we encourage every member of AMP and anyone concerned with Michigan’s energy future to learn more about the issues, vote in this election, and participate in the discussions leading up to it.

Getting Involved

Aside from getting out and voting on Election Day, there are other ways to get involved and make an impact on this year’s elections.

1. Talk to your friends and family.  The simplest way you can make a difference is by discussing the election with the people in your life and encouraging them to think about Michigan’s energy future when they’re in the voting booth.

2. Follow the elections online, particularly through social media.  The Internet is an excellent forum for voters to share their views.  Consider following your favorite candidates on Facebook or Twitter and discussing your views with your online circles. Additionally, you can learn more and join in the discussion around election issues via news stories posted online.

3. Participate in voter registration drives. A number of different organizations—from the Michigan Secretary of State’s office to labor unions to advocacy organizations—conduct voter registration drives to encourage every Michigander to vote. Contact the individual groups to see if volunteers are needed.

4. Support a candidate. Republican or Democrat, all candidates need backers and volunteers in order to win.  Contact your candidate’s campaign to find out how.  Some of those ways may include:

5. Attend an election event.  You can often meet the candidates and even ask them questions about where they stand on the issues that impact Michigan energy at any number of election events, such as campaign rallies or candidate debates.

6. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Newspapers of every stripe are eager to hear from voters about their different views on issues and candidates.  Submitting an LTE is a great way to raise awareness of the issues you’re most concerned about in your community—and among elected officials and candidates running for office.  

7. Help get out the vote on Election Day.  A number of organizations also sponsor Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts on Election Day, which includes everything from making reminder phone calls to driving voters to the polls. Contact the individual groups to see if volunteers are needed.

8. Work at the polls. Precinct inspectors are people who are paid to assist voters at the polls on Election Day. Registered voters can submit an application to their local clerk. If you’re too late to serve this fall, consider doing so in future elections. 

What else are you doing to prepare for Election Day?  Do you have any ideas we haven’t mentioned?  Tell us your thoughts today!