Can’t Vote? Here’s How You Can Still Get Involved

Believe it or not, there’s a lot you can do to help your candidate of choice get elected – even if you can’t vote for them yet.


This image was originally published in The Independent

Maddy Morland, Staff Writer

As the 2020 presidential campaign approaches, those that are too young to cast a vote may be wondering: how can I make my voice heard?

This is a worthwhile question to ask. The president is the face of the United States, and makes economic and foreign policy decisions that could potentially impact the country for years after they leave office. It affects the futures of 16 and 60 year olds alike, so it is wise for everyone to be involved – whether they’re old enough to vote or not.

Here are ways you can make a difference (no matter your age):

  1. Volunteer for a campaign! – Most politicians at the state or national level will have groups of volunteers in major cities. These volunteers make phone calls, knock on doors, and generally just try to engage with people. Their goal is to educate voters about what the candidate they support stands for, to help that candidate gain name recognition, and to remind people to get out and vote! It’s a great way to connect with a group of involved, proactive citizens and help your candidate’s chances of winning their election.
  2. Discuss issues you care about with people in your life who CAN vote – Colorado has mail in ballots, and the first time I voted, my parents and I sat around the kitchen table and filled out our ballots together. We researched and debated each issue, and tried to make sure we voted for the same thing as often as possible so we didn’t just cancel out each other’s votes. Even if you don’t yet have a ballot of your own, this type of discussion is still something you could participate in, and it’s a great way to make sure your family members are making informed decisions.
  3. Get involved in extracurriculars that incorporate politics – whether it’s Politics Club or Environmental Club, engaging with future voters is a great way to get informed through political discussions, or make a difference through volunteer work.