Happy election day!
Today, between refreshing FiveThirtyEight.com, refreshing your social media feeds and watching endless hours of news coverage, your ability to maintain rational thought will at some point be challenged.
Don’t let this happen!
Here are 6 tips for surviving election day, no matter who you voted for.
1.Get Out to Vote EARLY
If you haven’t already voted, do so IMMEDIATELY.
Voter turnout has already been sky high during early voting, so it just makes sense that the same would be the case on election day. Remember that once you are in line, you can vote (even if the polling place closes).
Don’t be intimidated if you run into trouble makers on election day. Here’s a handy link on what to do if you run into anyone making trying to make it difficult to do your civic duty.
“First, do not engage. Second, continue inside and make sure you vote. Then notify a poll worker or official. Third, call the Election Protection hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).
2.Keep Calm By Doing Whatever You Do To Keep Calm
Let’s face it, election day is going to be stressful.
Meditate. Stretch. Take deep breathes. Do whatever you have to do.
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3.Pay Attention to Reliable News Sources
Your Crazy Uncle News is not a reliable news source, nor are many of its brethren that people seem to rely upon to spout whatever political rhetoric they agree with most. Politics, elections, and election days are incredibly complex and you owe it to yourself to pay attention to news sources that not only understand this complexity but are willing to partake in the nuance and ambiguity that election day often brings.
4.Don’t Post Anything You Will Regret on Social Media
You won’t convince anyone to change their mind.
The only thing you are sure to do is infuriate someone you care about. Sure, it’s great to root for your candidate, but anything that goes beyond what you would normally do if your team won a championship is probably a bit much.
Don’t damage a relationship that matters to you over an election.
5.Don’t Be A Jerk
Not everyone believes in the same thing you do. Not everyone has the same background or set of experiences you do. If someone disagrees with you, it doesn’t mean they are a bad person. They just have a different point of view.
Remember that you have to share the roads, live with, work with, and rely upon people with points of view that aren’t exactly like yours. They care no less about the future of this country than you do.
Instead of vilifying others, how about trying to understand their perspective instead?
6.Remember: We’ll get through this.
We’ll go to work on Wednesday, and everyone will talk about the election uncomfortably for a day or so, but things will get back to normal.
Politics will continue to be politics, but if you played your cards right the things that matter most (family, friends, work, etc.) will still be there for you.
Everything will be fine.