How do a Gen X mom and a Gen Z kid are spend their first election day far apart? We’ll show you…
This is the first year my kiddo has lived away from home. Teen advocate Yara is now a freshman at Johns Hopkins University, which makes me proud. But I’m also proud they’re spending Election Day with the Sunrise Movement up at my old campus at the University of Wisconsin - Madison to mobilize students there. I’m still here in St. Louis where Yara graduated high school from last spring. We’re both doing our best to keep up the election momentum and do everything we can for our issues on Election Day. This is what it looks like based on our texts to each other through the morning.
MOM: I started the morning early dropping campaign signs off at several polling locations around University City. A great use of my newly repaired Subaru. It was very heartening to see lines already going out the door and wrapping around buildings! I was a little sad I couldn't convince any friends to come out and about with me at sunrise, but that meant I got to listen to Weird Al Yankovic really loudly as I drove.
|Image: Cindy with campaign signs by the car|
YARA: "Hey, do you want a Hot Girls vote sticker?" is my favorite tactic to get people to text their friends right after they leave the polls. These stickers are even more popular than candy!
|Image: Hot Girls Vote sticker with |
a code to scan for the Sunrise Movement
|Image: Cindy and other volutneers with candidate|
Trudy Busch Valentine
YARA: Sunrise Movement is hanging out by polling places at UW-Madison, spreading the word about our favorite thing - VOTE TRIPLING! When people come out of the voting booth, they feel really good, and if they text three friends in that exact moment, data shows that it's super effective in turning people out. Like, "Oh shoot, Emily's out there right now! When am I gonna do it?"
|Image: Yara on a campus mall with clipboard and stickers|
|Image: Tweet from candidate Trudy Busch Valentine|
about her poll greeting kids with Cindy in a picture with them
|Image: Cindy with another volunteer and Missouri |
State Representative candidate Melissa Greenstein
|Image: Yara holding a clipboard in front of big|
letters on Bascom Hill that say "BADGERS VOTE"