Tomorrow, Vote

Midterms 2018 | Resources for Voting | Litterless

Tomorrow, vote.

Resources:

-Check your registration and find your voting location: Vote.org can help you do both, as well as offering tools to set calendar reminders. If you aren’t registered already, many states allow voters to register at the polls on Election Day; the ACLU has a map of these states here.

-Preview your ballot: Ballotready lets you fill in a sample ballot for your state and district, which you can take with you into the voting booth on your phone to make sure you remember the choices you plan to make. Although Senate and Congressional races tend to have better-known candidates and thus clearer choices, local elections for judges, school boards, state congressional positions, governorships, ballot initiatives, and more are just as important and are worth researching ahead of time so you aren’t stymied day-of.

-Plan your transportation and bring your ID: Some states require photo identification to vote; you can find out if yours does by selecting your state on Vote.org and scrolling down to learn more. If your state does require photo IDs, there are many acceptable forms besides a drivers’ license, so be sure to scan the full list of options rather than writing off voting entirely. (And then consider casting your ballot for politicians who will make voting more accessible, not less). If you need help getting to the polls, Uber and Lyft are offering free rides to polling places on Tuesday; there will be a button you can use within the app tomorrow.

-Know your rights: You have the right to vote. Though in all likelihood your voting will go off without a hitch, if you believe poll workers are mistaken about your registration or are trying to deny you that right, there are steps you can take then and there to make sure you can still cast your ballot. Here is a list of potential issues and steps to rectify them. Additionally, states with electronic voting offer you the chance to review your ballot - often a printed paper copy - before submitting. Though it may seem like a formality, it’s not. Make sure to review what the machine says you’ve selected to make sure it actually reflects your choices before you finalize your vote.

-Check in with your people: Text your friends to make sure they’re ready for tomorrow, or to make a plan to head to the polls together. I voted early in Wisconsin a few weeks ago, but I’ll make a point to chat with friends and neighbors about it throughout the day to keep the election top of mind for us all.

Tomorrow, vote.

Cheering you on. Holding my breath.

(Art by Libby Vanderploeg.)