Tomorrow is election day. And each of us gets one ballot to vote for those candidates and measures that we think are best for our city, our county, our state and our country. But we also have the ability to make sure other people get out and vote. So I encourage each of you to spend a few minutes making a list of family and friends that you could encourage to get out and vote too.
Here’s what you can do today.
1. Give them a call / send a text / write an email reminding them that tomorrow is election day. Let them know that the polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.
2. If you know their address, tell them where their polling place is. (You can look it up here.) If they still have their mail-in ballot they can drop it off at any polling place. If they lost their mail-in ballot they can still cast a provisional ballot at their polling place.
3. Offer to give them a ride, watch their kids, make them lunch — whatever it takes to get them to the polls.
4. Tell them who you’re voting for and why.
On election day.
1. Make sure you get out and vote — do it early to avoid a problem later in the day.
2. Call/text/email again, reminding your people that they need to vote today between 7 am to 8 pm. Ask them to let you know once they’ve voted.
3. If you hear nothing by say 5 pm, contact them again. (Yes, I know you’re now becoming a pest but there’s an election at stake.) Offer to come over and give them a ride, watch the kids, get dinner ready — whatever it takes to get them to the polls. (As I’m writing this I just got an email from Scarlett Johansson telling me the same thing I’m typing right now.)
If you think elections here in Escondido can’t be close, you’re wrong. In 2012, City Treasurer Huggins won his race by just 27 votes. In 2010, Ed Gallo won his seat by just 43 votes. In 2004, Sam Abed won his Council seat by just 619 votes (exactly 1% more than the closest challenger.)
Most of my friends are political junkies like me, so I know they’ll be voting. But I also have contacted half a dozen friends who lead “normal” lives and will be checking in with them to make sure they’ve voted. We each have our part to play in this election — please do what you can.