San Francisco residents cast their votes at the City Hall voting center on May 7, the first day of voting for the June 5 primary election. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A few easy ways to save our democracy

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If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you like to know what’s going in the world. This is a newspaper after all. By reading it you’re saying, “I like to be informed about what’s happening in my community and what’s going on in other places.” Being informed shows that not only do you care, you probably also want to make change. So this means you quite likely vote.

Good for you! Voting is an integral part of our Democracy and unfortunately an under utilized one. In the 2016 election only 55.5 percent of eligible people actually voted. And pretty much every study shows that the older you are and the wealthier you are, the more likely you are to vote. Which is a shame on so many levels, but namely because the people who are making the decisions that will affect us 20 years from now aren’t the ones who will be alive to endure the repercussions.

So this year, in these incredibly important midterm elections, where we are quite literally battling against the forces of evil, all of us have to do a little more than just vote. Luckily there are lots of easy ways to do this.

The first is to donate some money to a few important campaigns. And it doesn’t even have to be much. These races are so important because they are key to taking power away from the insidious GOP. We just did an article on BrokeAssStuart.com last week called “Important Midterm Campaigns Where Your Small Donations Can Help” where we outlined seven vital races where your money is needed. My friends Lou and Mimi did the research and to see their criteria go find my article. These campaigns are: Jacky Rosen (Nevada Senate), Stacey Abrams (Georgia Governor), Andrew Janz (CA-22 House – Central Valley), Ammar Campa-Najjar (CA-50 House – San Diego), Katie Hill (CA-25 House – LA/Venture County), Katie Porter (CA-45 House – Orange County), and Harley Rouda (CA-48 House – Orange County).

Think about it, if every single person who read this article gave $5 to each of those campaigns it would bring in tens, if not, hundreds of thousands of dollars for them and only cost those donating $35 each. We can save our Democracy for only $35 each. It will be the best money you ever spend!

Another easy thing we can each do is help get younger people to vote. Everyone has young people in their lives, whether its kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews or just Maddie at Starbucks who always spells your name wrong. Talk these people and ask them if they’re going to vote. Stress the importance of it and bring up a few key issues. Then most importantly, ask them how they plan to vote. If they aren’t sure, offer to take them to the polls yourself. In fact, this also goes for any folks you know who are older or who aren’t very mobile. Reach out to them and see what you can do to help get them to the polls.

All this is exponentially more important for anyone you know who lives in a places where it will be a tight race. Do you know people in Modesto? How about Orange County? If you’ve got extra time, go vote early at City Hall and then volunteer to help get people to the polls in some of the other cities on Election Day. You can check out SwingLeft.org to find a the best ways to help out including phone banking, canvassing, and fundraising.

And finally don’t forget how important our local elections are as well. Voting yes on Proposition C and the statewide Proposition 10 are imperative if you want to majorly impact The City’s homelessness crisis as well as help expand rent control. If you want to check out my team’s endorsements for all the national, state, and local races you can google “November 2018 Voter Guide”.

See how easy saving our democracy is?

Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow him at BrokeAssStuart.com and join his awesome mailing list to stay up on the work he’s doing: http://bit.ly/BrokeAssList. Broke-Ass City runs Thursdays in the Examiner.

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