Meet the new, tech-savvy, social media hungry, viral Republican Party.
The Republican National Committee may not be the first place you think of when someone asked you to come up with a socially-connected powerhouse, but that’s just because you haven’t checked out the new GOP.com yet.
First, there’s the new voter tool, conveniently located at vote.gop.com. Here, you can register to vote (or update your registration if you’ve moved) or request an absentee ballot. Absentees will play a huge part in choosing winners and losers this November, so Republicans need to have every chance possible to cast their ballot — even right from their own living room.
No matter which state you live in, vote.gop.com can get you up to date and ready to receive your ballot in minutes. It worked for me.
Next, there’s the voter challenge! Sure, it’s not quite as fun as the “Ice Bucket Challenge”, but just as important!
At the GOP Vote Tool portal, you can pledge to vote and challenge three friends to vote as well. The GOP web script will help you find three friends, and with a few simple clicks you can admonish your Republican friends and family to commit to the ballot box. They, then, can use the same tools you used to get their registrations up to date and request an absentee ballot.
Republican social media doesn’t stop there, either!
At a site I recently found called http://www.republicansocialmedia.com/ (not part of the actual Republican Party), there are scrolling lists of Republican officials, candidates, topics and trends — right at your fingertips. This is a great way to stay up to date with the Party and see what other leading Republicans are posting.
We’ve seen Republican social media blitzes before — as early as January 2010, Speaker Boehner pointed out to the American people that Republicans were more active than their Democrat counterparts on both Twitter and YouTube. But the revamped GOP.com is a sincere, long term revitalization of GOP social media outreach.
Go use it. Let’s get out the vote.