how to vote
Voting in most states couldn't be easier. No need to wait in line, or take time off from work, to vote. If you choose to vote-by-mail you can fill in your ballot in the privacy of your own home without the pressure of people waiting for you. If you send your ballot by mail, you can send it any time after you receive it and fill it out. Don't wait until the last minute to mail it or turn it in at the polling place. The post office won't be overwhelmed if we send a steady stream of ballots in the months preceding the election. If they can handle the holidays, they can handle elections. The sites listed here are all non-partisan.
Who, and what, you vote for is your decision and voting is the right (and responsibility) of every citizen in the United States. It's how we determine which areas get federal money for schools, roads, and government. It's how we elect our Senators and Representatives, Governors and even our Mayors and City Council Members.
The following links all go to pages on the www.vote.org site. Most will take less than two minutes to complete.
Step One: Check to see if you are registered
Step Two: Register to vote
Step Five: Election Reminders
Plan Your Vote: Mark your calendars.
Everything you need to know about mail-in and early in-person voting, including the first day you can cast your ballot in the 2020 election.
How to vote: Another how-to site
Locate your polling place, how to register, request an absentee ballot and learn about early voting options in your state.
Personalized ballot: Vote411
Make a personalized ballot to study before the election
Rock the vote: Specifically for Young People
Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. Register to vote and get involved.
Let America Vote: Helping everyone vote
Time off the job to vote? A state-by-state guide
Am I old enough to vote? Voting ages by state
Nearly all states also have a track-my-vote site, so if you're worried about whether or not your vote was counted - take a look. Go to Google, type track-my-vote, your state in the search box. Then, when your state site opens, fill out the track-my-vote form.
Who/What do I Vote For:
Don't let your friends, your boss, your spouse, or anyone else tell you who to vote for. Do your own research. The reason there's no link for this one is that it's your job to be an informed voter and understand the issues you, or your candidate, will be voting for or against. When you register, you will be sent a Voter Booklet (similar to the one at left) which details who all the candidates are, what their platforms are, and what issues are being voted on in the current election.
It's best to sit down with the guide at home, read each section and mark your booklet with your choices. Then you can take the booklet along with you to the polls, or mark your ballot (if your voting-by-mail) when it arrives.
Be proud to vote. Take your kids and show them what it's like and how to fill out a ballot. Make sure they get an "I VOTED!" sticker to wear. America is a democratic country. This means that we all get a vote in how our tax money is spent and who represents us to the world.