Women have had their eyes on the midterm elections for some time knowing that voting would make an impact in their futures for the better. This year, federal and state elections are happening and all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are up for re-election and a third of the Senate seats are ready to be voted on. On top of all of this, there are so many important state and local races that we have to make sure we’re active in.
Of course we understand that information about these races can be a bit confusing, so we put together a quick ways to make sure you’re ready and able to vote this fall.
Check your registration status here.
You might have registered to vote years ago or a week and forgot, and verifying that you did is pretty dang easy. Checking to see if you’ve been properly registered to vote takes just a couple of seconds! Rock The Vote allows you to enter your information and confirm that you’re ready for election day. Be sure to check to make sure you’re registered in the right state and district. If not, you’ll need to make sure you’ve registered at your new address.
Sign up to vote online!
Signing up is pretty easy thanks to the information age. You can sign up to vote in 37 states and Washington, D.C. online. Or, you can go register in person or via mail. Of course, it’s a little annoying that each state has its own rules and process. Learn about what your state allows with Vote.gov.’s tool.
Get a sample ballot so you know who you want to vote for!
Unsure of who you’d want to vote for and fearful that you’ll choke up at that ballot box? Get a sample ballot! Your state and local election officials can provide you with a sample ballot that’ll list all of the candidates you can vote for. The next step will take a bit of research on your part, you’ll have to Google the candidates and platforms they support. Another way to dig into information about the candidates is through the League of Women Voters which provides a nonpartisan ballot guide.
You can still vote if you’re out of town!
Of course, you’ll want to get on absentee( or mail-in) and early voting options early. Deadlines for this will vary by state so you’ll have to be sure that you’re signed up and ready to go sooner rather than later. The pretty cool thing about voting via mail is that even if you forget to add a stamp to your ballot’s envelope, election officials will make sure your vote gets to the voting polls on time.
Find your closest voting poll here!
Unless you already voted early IRL or absentee, you should look up your polling place and head there on November 6. Two states — Oregon and Washington — have switched to all-mail voting. If you live there, you can drop your ballot in the mail or at a drop box. There is no such thing as online voting (sorry).
Get out and vote chica! She se puede!
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