Social media political ranter’s, I love you but…

My dear and most loved social media political ranter’s, I love you but you are going about it all wrong and it is painful to watch. Search the following tags to help you get you head around it, so you know what I mean 🙂

First dog on the moon rocks! @yourlocalrepresentative @yourstaterepresentative @yourstaterelegislativeassemblyrepresentative @yourFederalrepresentative @yoursenaterepresentative #austpol #democracymatters #beapartofit @aec

Politicians do care… about getting re-elected so chasing your vote is very important to them. So here are a few things you need to do and to understand to get your local, State or Federal representative’s attention and it is really simple. That is why they want to engage with you and hear what you have to say.

To do Number 1, First of all find out who they are. If you are not sure go to the Australian Electoral Commission website and use their search engine to find out, really easy. Copy their names and make sure you spell them correctly.

To Understand number 1, are your issues is it local, state or federal? You can tag all of them but they will care to varying degrees. I recommend being targeted, tag local representative for local issues, state for state and federal for federal. Easy as!

(Safety share:- If you have an opinion about another countries politics, feel free to have a rant but it will have no effect but you may get some “likes” at best.)

To do Number 2, Create your political tag. Encourage your friends in your local area to do the same; this is what it looks like… I live in (the name of your town, suburb or post code) @yourlocalrepresentative @yourstaterepresentative @yourstatelegislativeassemblyrepresentative @yourFederalrepresentative @yoursenaterepresentative

To understand number 2, most electorates for state and federal electorates in Australia have about 30,000 people in them. A safe electorate means the elected member would have a margin of say 5%+, about 1500+ votes and marginal seat could have as few as 1 vote to a few hundred. The more marginal the more likely they are going to care!

(Safety share:- It is the job of The Australian Electoral Commission to make sure this is the case so everyone’s vote has a similar value regardless of where you live.)

To do Number 3 you also can add #hashtags to define the topic you are particularly concerned about #norunningwithscissors #nunsthatlovebeefburgers and extra “Ats” @ to individuals or organisations that may care @scaredmummies or @nunsridingmotorbikes as examples.

To understand number 3, politics takes time. Be patient and persistent and people will start to listen or care enough to do something. Write at least 5 posts and any topic you are about. If after 15 years no one cares, maybe time to reconsider your opinion, just a thought.

(Safety share:- The Australian Electoral Commission are our democratic super heroes, respect to all of you girls and guys working there!!!)

To do Number 4 is one of the fun bits. After a few months of rants search the @’s and # you have been using and see if anyone else is also. If there are then encourage them through their social media posts. There maybe none, there maybe a few just keep doing it. You will get there and your elected representative will take note and maybe do something because they search the name of their electorate and their names often.

Have a go you never know someone might listen for a change!

This post is part of the “My Wannon Electorate Project”.The Democratic process is a two way street. We in Australia are obliged to vote for federal, state and local governments. This is my way to engage with the people who are elected to represent me in the various tiers of Government. @3373 @DanTehan ‪@Louisestanley‬ ‪@MichaelOConnor‬ #3373 #DanTehan ‪#‎Louisestanley‬ ‪#‎MichaelOConnor‬ I hope you do the same because by talking to each other, we can understand each other better and make our world a better place.