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How to Convince Your Friends to Vote

When it comes to candidates, elections, and making sure the right person gets into office, you're a ball of fire. Your friends, on the other hand, are more like lumps of clay. Here's how to make sure they get off the couch and out to the polls.


  • Step 1: Get dolled up Get dolled up. Studies show that folks are more likely to help people they find attractive. This may give you an extra edge in convincing your friends to vote -- and you may even get a date with your secret crush.
  • Step 2: Use a soft sell Before you break out the slogans, banners, pie charts, and megaphone, remember that you'll have a better chance of inspiring your pals if you keep things low-key. These people already know your passion -- try a casual approach.
  • Step 3: Make it specific While keeping it casual, target your pitch and make individual cases for each of your friends. They'll be more likely to get out to the polls and vote for the causes that directly affect them.
  • Step 4: Make it fun Voting involves registering, decision-making, and forethought, which can be more effort than your friends are willing to exert. Maybe it's time to throw a paperwork party, and show your friends that preparation doesn't have to be a chore.
  • TIP: Since no one wants to miss out on a well-attended get-together, suggest voting as a group.
  • Step 5: Remind them on the day itself First thing on Election Day, remind your friends to hit the polls -- so they can't use the excuse that they forgot or got too busy during the day.
  • TIP: Send a short text blast to everyone you know.
  • Step 6: Give them an incentive A small incentive can go a long way. Whether you offer to fill out their forms, cook them an Election Day breakfast, or walk their dog while they’re waiting to vote, a thoughtful gesture might be just the encouragement they need.
  • Step 7: Pull out all the stops Pull out all the stops and try anything -- like hypnosis. Maybe your friends will inexplicably wake up with the urge to hit the polls, and be none the wiser!
  • FACT: In a 2006 election survey, nearly 60% of people thought a text reminder to vote was helpful.

You Will Need

  • Confidence
  • Endurance
  • Influence
  • Incentives

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