It’s the first Tuesday of November, so it’s election day in the U.S. — don’t forget to vote! Twitter can help you prepare to cast your ballot today, and to stay engaged with your elected officials every day.
Right now, you’ll find the following major government officials on Twitter:
- Senate: 100%
- House: 97%
- Cabinet: All agencies, and 7 out of 15 Cabinet Secretaries
- Governors: 49 out of 50
- Mayors: 22 out of 25 mayors of the most populous cities
Two gubernatorial seats are contested this year, in New Jersey and Virginia. The major candidates in both states have been active on Twitter during the campaign. Voters and election-watchers can hear from the candidates directly, learn more about the issues, and connect with other supporters.
“Despite the fact that Hillside whipped my butt here on Election Day 4 years ago, I know you’re going to make up for it tomorrow.” #TheGov— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) November 4, 2013
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, who is seeking re-election, has turned to Vine in the final stretch of the campaign, posting over 100 videos (and counting!) since joining less than a week ago. His Vine videos offer a glimpse into life on the campaign trail, and let citizens hear directly from him:
Other prominent political figures have been turning to Twitter to publicly voice their endorsements of the candidates:
The New York City mayoral race also has attracted a great deal of attention, as well as conversation on Twitter. The leading candidates have used Twitter to share a mix of serious policy agendas, insights into their campaign workings, endorsements and a little levity.
Bill will prioritize policies that help struggling families get out of homeless shelters. Stand with him: http://t.co/3lRS5bIwQe— Bill de Blasio (@deBlasioNYC) November 4, 2013
The last time a new mayor was elected in Boston, Twitter wasn’t around. Two decades later, the candidates are tweeting their way through the city:
Still greeting voters @ the Greenwood. Great crowd here w/ my sisters Lauren & Alli, Pastor Dickerson & Robert Lewis pic.twitter.com/OXqWI0qFcu— John Connolly (@JohnRConnolly) November 5, 2013
And there may be elections in your municipality for other offices or referenda. If you need to double-check, many local election boards are tweeting out voter information, wait times, and reminders:
Don’t forget your ID! Go to http://t.co/5VyLnqY4zJ to review acceptable I.D.’s Call SBE at 800-552-9745 if you need assistance.— VirginiaSBE #VAVOTES (@VirginiaSBE) November 5, 2013
We’re open until 5:00 p.m.for early voting today. 219 voters as of 1:30 p.m.— Board of Elections (@cuyahogaboe) November 3, 2013
Polls are open from 6a-9p, Tuesday November 5! Learn everything you need to know about voting from our Voter Guide: http://t.co/SAZPSDvPFi— NYC Votes (@NYCVotes) November 4, 2013
Reminder: All mail-in absentee ballots must be received by our office no later than 7:00 p.m. today. #AbsenteeVoting— KC Election Board (@KCElectionBd) November 5, 2013
Bel Air Election is next Tue. Deadline for Absentee ballot app is 2moro at 5pm. Afterward it must be done in person. http://t.co/QT1C97d1DU— Harford Elections (@HarfordVotes) October 28, 2013
Now don’t forget to vote!