How to Make an Election Flier

By Filonia LeChat

Whether you're competing for a place on your student council or stumping for a regional candidate's election campaign, creating a flier is an ideal way to reach out to potential voters. Fliers are traditionally a single page of standard copy paper, printed with anything from a few encouraging lines about the right to vote to pictures and biographies of candidates. Quickly customize an election flier on the computer, taking advantage of one of a number of different computer programs. Within a few minutes, you'll have a way to encourage people to pull those levers or punch those chads in favor of your candidate.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word
  • Digital photo
  • Windows Paint
  • Microsoft Publisher

Using Word

Step 1

Open Word and click the "File" tab in the top-left corner of the screen. Select "New." Click the "Flyers" button in the middle of the "Available Templates" screen. Double-click one of the file folder icons, such as "Event flyers" or "Other flyers." Any flier may be customized for the election, so double-click one and it opens in a new Word window.

Step 2

Click once on the main picture on the flier and press the "Delete" key to remove it. Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen. Select the "Picture" button below the tab. Browse to a digital photo of the candidate and double-click the file name. Drag the picture into place on the flier.

Step 3

Highlight the headline included on the flier, such as "Celebrate St. Patrick's Day," and type over it with the new headline, such as "Vote for Max, your best candidate for success."

Step 4

Highlight the other placeholder text lines on the flier and type over them with text about the candidate, such as platform and goals, plus where to get more information such as a website or email address.

Step 5

Click the "File" tab, select "Save As," type a name for the flier and save it to the computer.

Using Paint

Step 1

Open Paint, click the Paint button in the top-left corner of the screen and select "Properties." Type "8.5" into the "Width" box and "11" into the "Height" box. Click the "Inches" button. Click the "OK" button and Paint resizes the workspace to flier size.

Step 2

Click the "Text" tool, which looks like an "A," in the "Tools" section of the ribbon/toolbar at the top of the screen. Click the top of the flier. Select a font and large text size.

Step 3

Type "Please Vote Tomorrow" or "Don't Forget, Election Tomorrow!" along the top of the flier.

Step 4

Move the cursor lower on the flier, click and reduce the font size. Type information about what voters must bring, such as picture identification or their voter card, where to vote, hours of operation and how to contact election officials.

Step 5

Click the Paint button. Select "Save As." Name the flier file and save it to the computer.

Using Publisher

Step 1

Open Publisher. Click the "Flyers" button under the "More Templates" section of the "Available Templates" screen. Review the available flier options or double-click an "All" file folder icon for more templates. Double-click a template and the flier opens on the Publisher screen.

Step 2

Click the cursor anywhere on the flier's placeholder headline, which becomes highlighted. Type directly over the generic headline with the election attention-grabber, such as "Best for your family, Best for your schools, Best for You!"

Step 3

Type over additional blocks of text on the flier with information about the candidate, years of experience, election goals and where and when to vote.

Step 4

Click the generic photo included on the flier. Press the "Delete" key. Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen. Select the "Picture" button below the tab. Navigate to a picture of the candidate and double-click the image. Drag the photo into place on the flier.

Step 5

Click the "File" tab at the top of the screen and select "Save As." Give the flier a name and save the file to the computer.