To Vote or Not to Vote?
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2018 was a record breaking midterm election year with a 50 year high 47.5% of Americans participating. It’s a stark contrast to 2014 with the lowest midterm election voter turnout since WWII. But still half of Americans stayed home. Many people are wondering what kind of turnout 2020 will bring and whether the trend of higher voter turnout will continue. What is it about voting that inspires us to participate or turn away, feeling it’s not worth our effort? Or is there some other reason? In this conversation, we talk about what leads us to vote or not to.
Background Information:One of our partners, Serena Witherspoon, has written a few blogs on the subject of voter engagement. While you don’t need to be an expert on this topic, sometimes people want background information. Our partner, AllSides, has prepared a variety of articles reflecting multiple sides of this topic.
Let's Get Started!
This Living Room Conversation flows through three rounds of questions and a closing. Some rounds ask you to answer each question. Others feature multiple questions that serve as conversation starters — you need only respond to the one or two you find most interesting.
Introductions: Getting Started/
Why Are We Here?
Round 1: Core Values
- What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
- What would your best friend say about who you are and what inspires you?
- What are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country?
What are your thoughts on To Vote or Not to Vote??
- Are you registered to vote? What led you to that decision?
- What was your experience in getting registered to vote?
- What are citizens’ voting responsibilities and obligations?
- How important was voting in your family?
- Do you believe our election outcomes would be different with substantially higher voter turnout? How so?
Round 3: Reflection & Next Steps
- In one sentence, share what was most meaningful or valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation?
- What new understanding or common ground did you find within this topic?
- Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?
- Name one important thing that was accomplished here.
- Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?