Voting is a vital part of our democracy and gun violence prevention
As someone who cares about gun violence prevention and making schools and communities safer, knowing the steps in front of you to vote is critical. Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2023.
This year’s national election not only determines Congressional seats, but who holds position as state representatives, county, and city levels of government. And depending on your state, you may have important propositions and issues on the ballot that need your voice.
Make sure you have a plan to cast your ballot!
Confirm Your Registration Status
Make sure your registration is up-to-date before you head to the polls or cast an absentee ballot. Check your status at the National Association of Secretaries of State. Are you registered?
Know Your Ballot
What’s with those referendum questions that often show up on your ballot? Know before you go and get a voting card preview at BallotReady.org so you know where you stand and make an informed decision. You can also explore candidates’ histories and stances on issues to help you select your preferred candidate.
Mark Your Calendars and Make Your Plan
Making a plan to vote is an easy way to ensure your voice is heard. Answer a few simple questions before Election Day.
Will You Vote in Person?
- Know where to go! Double check your polling place now
- Check if your state requires an ID to vote. Bring any required documents with you to the polls.
- Be prepared for long lines.
- Where applicable (and check before you go), follow public health protections and social distancing guidelines.
- Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather outside.
- Pack a snack, a beverage, and also any necessary medications.
- Charge your phone fully before you head out.
- If polls close while you’re still in line, don’t leave. Stay in line – as long as you are in line when the polls close, you have the right to vote.
Will You Vote Absentee or Drop Box?
- Double-check to make sure that you’ve completely filled out your ballot.
- Follow all instructions to seal and sign the outer envelope for your ballot.
- Fake ballot drop boxes have popped up in various locations across the country. Specifically use an official drop box locator and submit your ballot today. Find your drop box
- Many states allow you to check the status of your ballot after it’s been dropped or mailed. Confirm your ballot delivery. Check this list
What if You Need Help or Have Trouble Voting?
Voters with disabilities can access these tips. For instance, they include what to do if your find your polling place is inaccessible or doesn’t accommodate your needs while you’re waiting.
If anyone tries to stop you from voting through threats, intimidation or fraud, call the Election Protection hotline:
- English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683
- Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
- Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287;
- For Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683
Make Your Vote Count
An informed vote is a smart vote! Check out these additional resources to ensure you are casting your best ballot.
- Rock the Vote
- Fair Elections Center
- Vote 411 (brought to you by the League of Women Voters Education Fund)
- Nonprofit Vote
No matter how you choose to cast your ballot, let your voice be heard! Elections have consequences, and you have a stake in the future of your community, state, and country and what that looks like for you and your family. Your vote creates opportunity for change.