Before I get into the remedies for Election Day anxiety, let me first state that I am supporting our President, Barack Obama.
My reasons are simple. I support him because of the values and interests we share: Eco-responsibility, tolerance, equality, authenticity, grassroots fundraising and an understanding of interconnectedness. I’d be open to a GOP candidate who shared these values if there was one, but right now Obama has my vote.
Now, On to the Election Day Anxiety Remedies…
Go to the polls and vote!
Locate your polling place and then get up and go. Even if there are lines, wait in them and be the life of the party with the people around you (if you want).
Chances are you won’t have any problems voting, but just in case you do, it’s important to be prepared. If your state has voter rolls and you’re not listed, the first thing to do is to make sure you’re at the right polling place. You can always call 1-866-OUR-VOTE toll-free to get advice. If possible, use your phone to video the situation and submit the video to VideoTheVote.org, or post it to YouTube or Twitter tagged with #VideoTheVote.
Knock on Doors
Knocking on doors is easier than you think and totally rewarding. I am always amazed at how many citizens behind those doors have no idea where they are supposed to vote, that it is even election day, or what to do with their mail-in ballots if they got one. When we gave them the information they needed, they were relieved and committed to voting! Sign up for a volunteer shift in your area and watch your anxiety fizzle away.
Pick Up the Phone and Call Voters
This is so easy to do! Use this tool to find registered voters who have not yet voted. Ask them to vote and tell them how to locate their polling place by visiting www.barackobama.com. Even if you leave a message – it could be that one reminder that gets them up and over to the polls. Seriously. Commit to making at least 3 or more calls.
Much is at stake in this election. Sitting around watching the polls will only make you more stressed out. Stand up! Get out of the house! Pick up the phone! Share this on your Facebook wall and Twitter and ask your network to vote! Whatever you do, keep moving today.
See you on the other side…