Now that Election Day has come and gone, the ads and flyers we received almost daily in our mailboxes have disappeared. The ballot this year wasn’t just about electing a President, but also included choices that affect all levels of local, state and national government. Races were held throughout the country for Senators, Representatives, City Councilors, amendments to state laws, county Judges, Mayors, Commissioners and more. Many of these included not two but several choices. Each side presented their own point of view in commercials, social media posts, events, pamphlets, stickers, merchandise, fliers, and this year, even masks.
PACS and organizations also put their weight behind particular candidates and perspectives. This great array of choice, format, and platform for the democratic process creates an incredible abundance of campaign material at every voting opportunity. The vast majority of these get thrown out, and it’s no wonder. This year especially we’ve been bombarded with messages in new places and new ways. It’s been challenging in a time where many of us feel alienated or disconnected from our own neighbors, co-workers, friends, sometimes even our families.
Special Collections is hosting an open call for any campaign materials in your space that you might otherwise toss now that Election Day is over. Even if voters have already made one choice, we believe it is important to remember just how many choices there were on the ballot; that the outcome was one among many possibilities. To celebrate the varied voices in South Florida and this country, we are collecting campaign materials. Ideally, these should be flat, made out of paper or cloth campaign and no larger than 11”x17”. Examples include, but are not limited to:
If you have materials you’re not sure fit these parameters or have any questions about this process at all, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your contribution! We hope to turn this into a collection that will capture the truly unique political landscape of 2020.