This has been a strange election cycle for me. I was a Republican precinct committeeman for a decade and a consistent campaign volunteer long before that. Being tied into a party infrastructure I never found myself hunting for ways to get engaged. Having resigned from the GOP in ’16 and finding myself a Political Orphan, it has taken some effort to find ways to get involved in this election. Being a Republican was relatively easy.
As mentioned in a previous post, I feel that the most important election of our lifetimes looms in the distance, with much effort, attention and luck needed just to earn a shot at that contest. I’d like to build a catalogue of opportunities for engagement and maintain it here in the OffTopic Forum. It should include information about timing (when is this activity performed), prep and training requirements, estimates about time or money needed, whatever necessary to plan and get ready to act.
Apart from donations and involvement in local campaigns, I’ve found three ways to get active this cycle, Postcards to Voters, Team, and phone banking for Indivisible. I also managed to get a letter published in the local suburban newspaper, which included a comment in favor of the only Republican candidate I supported this year.
What else is out there? Even better, what are some of the available options for staying engaged between elections?
Having assembled this, I’d like to incorporate reminders into the regular cycle of blog posts. This may also be useful if it becomes necessary or practical to organize third party or multi-party activities at some point. Organization beats motivation. It even beats money. What have you got?