Election 2020: Remote advocacy during COVID


Election 2020: Remote advocacy during COVID

Now that it’s October, campaign season is certainly in full swing. Making afterschool an election issue is more important now than ever—but advocacy needs to look a little different this year.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, advocating for afterschool during this year’s election season will look a little different. Below are some ideas for how you can still engage candidates while keeping a safe social distance.

  • Organize a letter or email campaign – Encourage parents, youth, program staff, and other key stakeholders to write letters or send emails to elected officials.
  • Post on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Host a virtual site visit – Is your program still offering in-person opportunities? Take candidates on a virtual tour of your program to show how afterschool is responding to the pandemic. If you are providing virtual learning opportunities, consider inviting candidates to join a class.
  • Host a virtual Lights On Afterschool event – The lights are still on this year! Be sure to host a virtual Lights On Afterschool event on October 22, and invite candidates to join in the celebration!
  • Participate in a virtual town hall – Many candidates are moving from hosting in-person events to holding virtual town halls. Reach out to your local campaigns to see if they are holding any virtual events. You could also bring together a coalition of afterschool programs from your community to host your own virtual town hall or candidate forum. Just be sure to invite all candidates running for office.
  • Candidate questionnaire – Ask candidates to complete a candidate questionnaire.
  • Virtual voter registration drive – Get out the vote by hosting a digital voter registration driveRock the Vote has a great resource on how to host a digital or socially distance voter registration drive in your community.