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A Voter's Guide to Voting

August 3, 2020

A look at the resources available to meet all your voter needs

 

 

Why Vote?

 

You may be shocked to learn that over 95 million eligible voters did not vote in the 2016 presidential election.

 

That's right, nearly 44% more people didn't vote in 2016 than voted for Hillary Clinton, who won the 2016 popular vote with almost 66 million votes.

 

Why is this important? Because the 2016 electoral college was determined by a grand total of 77,744 total votes across 3 states (Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan).

 

All this is to say - EVERY VOTE COUNTS! So Vote and make sure all your friends and family who are eligible to vote, do so.

 

 

Am I registered to Vote?

 

If you're uncertain about whether or not you're already registered to vote, visit:

 

https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration

 

or

 

https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/

 

 

Where can I register to Vote?

 

If you have not yet registered to vote - it's not too late. You can register to vote at any of the following sites:

 

https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote

 

or

 

https://vote.gov/

 

or

 

https://www.vote.org/register-to-vote/

 

(Note: use only one of the above to register - do not register on multiple sites)

 

 

What if I moved?

 

If you have moved since the last election and need to change your voter registration accordingly you can visit:

 

https://www.usa.gov/change-voter-registration

 
If you move within your existing county, you must complete a new voter registration form to update your new address. If you move to a different county or state, you must re-register with your new county and/or state. To find this information, visit your state election office’s Web site. You can find state specific resources here:
 
https://www.eac.gov/voters/register-and-vote-in-your-state
 
or
 
https://www.vote.org/ (at the bottom of the page)

 

 

How do I vote by mail?

 

In a COVID-19 world, your safest way to vote may be through an absentee ballot. You can request your absentee ballot (also known as voting by mail) through any of the following links:

 

https://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot/

 

or

 

https://www.usa.gov/absentee-voting

 

or

 

https://www.usvotefoundation.org/vote/voter-registration-absentee-voting.htm

 

(Note: use only one of the above to register - do not register on multiple sites)

 

 

Where can I learn more about who is on the ballot?

 

An election ballot can be intimidating. There are a lot of candidates for a lot of positions and it is hard to keep track of everyone and everything. Here are a few resources to help you better understand your local and national races as well as the candidates that are running.

 

If you go to House.gov and enter your zip code (and address if prompted) you can learn about your district number and your current representative in the United States House of Representatives. Take note of this district number.

 

If you Google [your state's name + State Senate] you can find resources as to who your local State Senators are. Take note of your State Senate district number as this district number will likely be different than your U.S. House of Representative district number.

 

For example if you live on Devon Ave in Chicago, IL your U.S. House of Representative district number is district 9 (Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky), and your State Senate district is district 8 (State Senator Ram Villivalam).

 

Now that you have your district numbers, visit:

 

wevote.me

 

or

 

ballotpedia.org

 

These resources can help you understand the various races and issues that will appear on your ballot and may even provide you with a sample ballot.

 

 

Vote

 

Regardless of which political party or candidate you support - this election will be one of the most important elections of our lifetime.

 

Please vote. Please take the time to help others that may need assistance to register to vote. This may include first time voters, those for whom English is not their native language, those who need assistance with technology, and/or with requesting a mail-in-ballot.

 

It is our civic duty as citizens of this great country to exercise our right to vote. Please do so and please help others exercise their rights as well.

 

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