Know your audience

Some people like to remain discreet as far as their political leanings. If you're chatting with a friend or loved one and they seem a little reticent to talk about the election, don't push it -- respectfully drop the subject.

Don't bully

While you might be a huge fan of your candidate, others may not be. Hard as this may be, don't try and bully people into your way of thinking. Calmly share your reasoned thoughts and then take the time to listen calmly to the other's point of view, and end the topic with a "we'll just have to agree to disagree."

Keep your campaigning classy

If you want to share your support for a candidate, you don't have to cover your entire home and garden with campaign posters and stickers. Your neighbors will know who you're in favor of with one simple poster. Your community should be welcoming to all. Politics can be so divisive, and it's not worth creating neighborhood discord with election fever.

Work and politics

The safest bet is not to bring your politics to work -- politics are a minefield in the professional arena. Remember the election will be over soon, but your job will hopefully continue for years to come. If the election result has an eventual impact on your company's future, make sure to stay as calm as possible and listen to what others have to say with respect.

Keep your social media posts polite

If you want to share your political beliefs on social media, be prepared that others may not agree, may insult you, or may even unfriend you (they're probably not the friends you needed to keep anyway). Keep your posts informative, avoid the preaching, and respect others' opinions. Rise above any insults and remember, you have an unfriend button, too, if necessary.

Adopt voting etiquette

Make sure, if voting in person, that you respect all the guidelines that have been set out, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Keep your distance from other voters and leave them to vote in peace.

St. Thomas More

If all else fails and you're feeling bullied, unheard, or misunderstood, ask for the intercession of the patron saint of politics, St. Thomas More. The English statesman lost his head for defying Henry VIII so he will surely appreciate your frustrations.