Although it may seem like the world has “paused” as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the political world certainly has not. Campaigns are navigating uncharted waters right now. They are attempting to function without the ability to directly reach voters through door-knocking and community events. Elected officials currently in office are also working tirelessly to communicate accurate information regarding the virus and to pass relief legislation. Just as these groups are, ordinary Americans can make a major political impact from home. Check out the list below for some ideas!

Know who your representatives are and contact them.

It is very easy to forget about local politics when the latest DC drama is all over the news. Now is the perfect opportunity to research your county, town, and village representatives, as they are often the people making decisions that impact your daily life. If you are not sure who your local representatives are, enter your address on this website. Once you have researched who they are, educate yourself on some of the legislation they are analyzing. Consider contacting their offices to express your opinion on a particular issue, which FFL explains how to do here

Make phone calls for a candidate you are passionate about electing.

Thanks to the current pandemic, campaigns have limited options to effectively contact voters. Thankfully, voters can still be reached by phone, and you can volunteer your time to help with this. Many candidates have a volunteer form on their campaign website. Once you have completed it, they will then walk you through the entire phone-banking process. Nearly all campaigns will provide you with a script and list of voters to call. In addition, you can always reach out to your own friends and family to share a personalized message. If you are interested in making calls for President Trump’s campaign, visit this website.

Share your support for a candidate on social media.

If you are not comfortable making political phone calls, promoting your favorite candidates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is another way to support their candidacy. Many undecided voters will consider supporting a particular candidate if they know that a friend or acquaintance trusts this individual with their vote. You have the option to share your candidate’s posts, write your own endorsement, re-post news articles highlighting your candidate, and share candidate pages. President Trump’s campaign has a guide to digital activism here.

Attend online trainings.

Many conservative organizations host online webinars focused on the development of different skills necessary to succeed in politics, ranging in theme from campaign management to developing a presence on social media. Some organizations that sponsor these trainings include Leadership Institute and American Majority.

Research political issues.

This is also the perfect time to remind yourself why you are a conservative. Whether it’s by listening to PragerU, watching a YAF Lecture, or reading an FFL Article, re-educating yourself on political issues will be extremely helpful once you return to campus and the “real” world.

Madison S