Voting is a vital part of our democracy!
Election Day is officially upon us. Due to the pandemic, some things have changed, but the importance of voting remains the same. Whether voting absentee or in person, make sure you have a plan to cast your ballot by November 2nd, 2021.
Confirm Your Registration Status
Make sure your registration is up-to-date before you head to the polls. Check your status at the National Association of Secretaries of State. Are you registered?
Know Your Ballot
Do you know all the elected positions and referendum questions that will appear on your ballot? If not, get a preview at BallotReady.org. You’ll also be able to explore the 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.
- Follow all 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.
- At this point, mailing your ballot is not recommended. To ensure delivery by November 3rd, place your ballot at the closest local drop box.
- 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 ten 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. Learn more
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
Above all, however, you choose to cast your ballot, make sure your voice is heard! Don’t be dismayed if we don’t know the outcome on election night. We likely won’t know, and that’s okay. Given the pandemic and high voter turnout, it may take more time to ensure that everyone’s vote is counted.