There are some elections happening this November. Did you know that? Unless you’ve been living under a rock for a year, you know how important these midterm elections are on Tuesday, November 6th. Republicans currently hold the White House, the Senate, and the House, but there are 33 Senate seats up for the taking, every single House seat, and a lot of governor’s mansions. Now, we’re in the final countdown to the midterm elections, and it can feel overwhelming. To help make it easier, here are 20 things to do in the 20 days leading up to the midterm elections. Of course, you should be registered to vote by now, but even if you can’t vote, you can still be informed and remind others to vote while supporting candidates you love.

If you want to brush up on the midterms, check out these FFL articles

1) Research your federal candidates

Who will be your Senator? Your House representative? Find out!

2) Buy a stamp if you’re voting absentee or buy stamps for others who are

This is honestly the hardest part of voting absentee and if you buy a pack, you can help others vote too

3) Research your local candidates

City council, school board, state legislatures, check them out.

4) Verify your polling location and know how you will get there

Trust, but verify. And practice getting there so you know how much time you need and which transportation routes work best.

5) Plan your voting outfit – FFL is perfect

I’m a big fan of the red elephant skirt, but we have so much great gear it is hard to decide. Shop our store here!

6) Remind three friends to vote

Good friends remind other friends to vote and to check their own polling locations.

7)  Watch a debate

Whether you’re looking to see your local school board candidates discuss the issues or Senators fight for their seat, it’s easy to watch a debate. Attend one in person or catch it online. You can even watch past debates and see how views have shifted over time.

8) Remind your out of town friends to vote absentee

Send a few Facebook messages reminding your friends who are away at college to send in their ballots

9) Look at the voting record of your Senate candidate

It’s one thing to know where they stand on the issue, but look at how they actually vote on certain measures. Check out their roll call votes here.

10) Put a yard-sign up for a candidate you love!

Most candidates will be glad to give you a yard sign for free or for a small donation, and it’s a great way to show your support and remind others to vote.

11) Look at the voting record of your House candidate

Like I said, votes are what matters, not just posturing. I like using GovTrack for this.

12) Door knock for your favorite candidate 

Boots (or heels) on the ground matter, especially in the days leading up to the election. Your favorite candidate will be glad to have the help and provide all the training you need.

13) Read a newspaper from front to back

Sure, the midterms are coming but a lot of other things are going on. Read your local newspaper or even a national one, but take in the rest of the world. Also, try reading a real, printed newspaper. It feels very different than reading online.

14) Take a day off from politics completely

Don’t let politics consume your life. Unplug from the news and social media and political debate for a day, treat yourself to a movie or a good book or a massage.

15)  Read five FFL articles about upcoming races and candidates 

Get informed! Check our website daily for new content.

16) Help people who are unable to travel to a polling place find transportation

Many young adults, elderly folk, and otherwise disabled individuals have trouble getting to the polls on their own, but there are many groups and organizations that help with this.Check out bus routes, offer a ride yourself, or connect them with those who can.

17) Spend a couple hours watching a news station you usually don’t agree with

It’s very eye-opening to see what the other side is saying, especially in the days leading up to an election. Try not to lose your mind or argue with everything, just take it in and try to understand why they are saying what they saying or covering what they are covering.

RELATED READ: I’m A Conservative And I Spent All Day Watching MSNBC, Here’s What Happened

18) Volunteer with a GOTV or phone bank initiative 

Make some calls to remind people to vote or to come out for a particular candidate. Phone banking can often be done from home, so no excuses!

19) Post on social media about voting or your favorite candidates

You can share articles about their beliefs or their endorsements, talk about why you’re supporting a certain candidate, or simply share a cute reminder for people to get to the polls in the morning along with your location’s operating hours.

20) Get out and actually vote! 

Put on your pre-planned outfit, head to the polls, and cast your ballot. It’s your right, don’t waste it.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member