In a few weeks, on November 3rd, America will hold an election for President of the United States as well as other topics that various states choose to include on the ballot. I am writing this post to urge you to make sure are registered and to vote. I have also provided some tips that can help you have a good experience.
Make sure you are registered to vote. Click here to confirm you are registered in your State.
Read and learn about the issues and where the candidates stand. Here are some organizations that provide unbiased information on a wide range of issues, voting records, and voter education resources to help you make an informed decision.
Vote.org uses technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy. Use Vote.org to check your voter registration, register to vote, vote by mail or find polling locations, and get election reminders.
Vote Smart provides free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to all Americans. You can use Vote Smart to search a candidate’s biography, voting record, position on social issues, speeches, and campaign funding.
If you are looking to dig deep into a candidate’s history on critical issues and platforms, Ballotpedia is the digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Firmly committed to neutrality, all 303,000 encyclopedic articles on Ballotpedia are accurate and verifiable information on government officials and the offices they hold, political issues and public policy, elections, candidates, and the influencers of politics.
Rock the Vote is a non-partisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. For over 30 years, Rock the Vote has been instrumental in revolutionizing technology and empowering young people to vote and participate in democracy to increase voter turnout.
Know Your Vote is a social impact organization, sharing non-partisan, publicly available information on each candidate from government and academic sources. With a belief rooted in transparency, all facts can be checked with direct links to all data sources.
The League is a non-partisan organization, encouraging informed and active participation in government, including fighting voter suppression & redistricting.
An extension of the League of Women Voters, Vote 411 ensures that voters have the information they need to participate in every election, including state and local elections, through easy to understand guides to ballot issues. Vote 411 also provides information on absentee voting, early voting, eligibility requirements, and voter registration.
OpenSecrets.org is one of the most comprehensive sources for federal campaign contributions and lobbying data. As a non-partisan and independent nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics focuses on money’s role in influencing elections, politics, and public policy. By analyzing and tracking contributions and money, Open Secrets is working towards transparency to inform and engage Americans.
Do your homework and support the candidate that you feel to do the best job. Don’t be intimated by what you hear on the news or from your friends. Do the research and learn for yourself.
Remember that voting is a right and a privilege and at the heart of our democracy. Please take it seriously.
If you can vote by mail in your State, request your ballot, read it, complete it per the directions. Once you have decided, please fill it out, mail your ballot or take it to a designated drop off point.
If you can, volunteer to help at the polls. If you know someone who might have trouble voting due to a health issue or disability, ask if you can help them.
Most of all, if you do go to the polls, take precautions, wear a mask, social distance. Keep in mind the polls will be crowded, so be patient.
I pray that the election goes well, and everyone who wants to vote has the chance and that we have a fair election that we can all trust.
Thank you for reading and make sure you VOTE!