This will be a relatively short post with one big message –
Election day is here. Go Vote.
If you missed early voting, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll need to take a book with you as they’re predicting lines to be long. Don’t let that deter you – reading is something you don’t do enough of, right? Here are some other tips for a smooth Election Day:
- Know where to go. You may be voting in a different place from previous years. You can find a list of polling places for CharMeck here. Don’t vote in the wrong place and run the risk of you your ballot not being counted.
- Know who will be with you. All your neighbors are voting, too. Like I said, expect at least a little wait, especially if you vote during morning or evening rush hours. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Know what to expect. When you walk in, you will be asked for your name and address, and then you will be given your ballot. Take your time to fill it out. When you finish, you will be asked for your name and address again. Then you slide your ballot into the voting machine. That’s it.
- Don’t be late, be there by 8 p.m. As long as you are in line at 8 p.m., you will be allowed to vote. After 8 p.m., you won’t be able to vote. Don’t take the risk — arrive early.
- Bring a friend or your child. No child care? No problem. You can bring most anyone you choose with you into the polls. Bringing your child is a great way to teach them to be responsible.
- Speaking of kids, did you know there are places for them to vote? Check out GenerationNation for more information on how you can get kids involved.
- Bring ID. Most people don’t need it, but bring it just in case. Your ID does not need to have a photo, but it does need to show the address where you are registered. Your driver’s license will work, but so will a paycheck, a recent utility bill or a bank statement.
- Know that if you don’t bring ID, you still have the right to vote.
- The most important information you can bring with you on Election Day is knowledge of the issues. Voting is your most powerful contribution to US democracy at the presidential and local level. For a comprehensive, non-partisan look at both local and presidential candidates, visit Project Vote Smart and enter your zip code in the left-hand column of the webpage to get more information.
- When you have submitted your ballot and exit the polling area, don’t forget to get your “I Voted” sticker.