In other elections, in earlier years, campaigns followed a choreographed tempo throughout the year. Candidates marched in small-town parades during the summer, shook hands and sang songs at Labor Day picnics at the beginning of September, and then powered through debates, door-knocking and endorsement meetings before a mad get-out-the-vote dash the first week in November.
Not this year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way candidates connect with potential voters. Many campaigns are limiting the size of crowds, as with presidential candidate Joe Biden’s visit last month. Some campaigns are not, as evidenced by Donald Trump’s visit to Duluth last week.
And early voting rules make it possible for more people to vote more easily, so now is the time to make your voting plan and talking to others about getting out the vote. Record numbers of voters have already requested and turned in ballots.
Even with high turnout, no race can be taken for granted. If you haven’t voted yet, do so; if you have, help others to vote.
For easy online volunteer opportunities:
For lawn signs:
Connect with NEALC’s Mark Privratsky to get in the Labor Temple: 218-209-7181
For voting information:
For late-breaking opportunities as we approach Election Day:
Check www.laborworld.org regularly.