How To Make SURE Your Voice Is Heard In This Election & How To Feel Safe Voting!
August 17 2020, 0 Comments
Now is the time to stand up and make your voice heard! One of the most influential ways one can do that is to exercise your right to vote. Even though this is the case, knowing all of the ins and outs of voting can be hard. Especially within our country's current climate, it is imperative that we are ALL on top of it!
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. It may still seem distant, but it will approach faster than expected. It's time to make sure everything is in order.
This is a step by step guide on how to make sure you get your voting materials in on time and that your vote is counted, in the safest possible way.
STEP 1: Check Your Registration Status
This is very important! You will not be able to vote unless you are registered beforehand! Head to this link and enter your information to check if you are already registered to vote.
STEP 2: Register to Vote (if you have not already)
As of July 2020, 40 states offer online voter registration. New Yorkers can head to this link to register online. If you live outside of New York, simply google if your state allows online registration (EX: "state online voter registration")
REGISTER BY MAIL
You also have the option to register by mail. If you live in New York State - here is the PDF for voter registration. For all other states, google your states "in mail voter registration" PDF and deliver this document to your County Board of Elections (you can also google this: "your county and state Board of Elections Office." Mail or deliver this form at least 25 days before the election you want to vote in. We suggest safely dropping this form off at the office, instead of mailing, in order to ensure it gets there in time.
Once your voter registration has been approved....
STEP 3: REQUEST A MAIL IN BALLOT ASAP!
(this can be done when dropping off your registration at the Board of Elections office, or you can find it online!) Google "state absentee ballot application." We have linked the New York absentee ballot application HERE.
IT IS IMPORTANT YOU COMPLETE THIS SOONER, RATHER THAN LATER! If/when you have been approved for an absentee application, you can pick it up at the same board of elections office, or you can opt to have it delivered by mail.
STEP 4: COMPLETING/SENDING IN YOUR BALLOT
Once the absentee ballot has been completed, DO NOT MAIL IT IN!
GOOGLE YOUR SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS TO SEE WHERE YOU CAN DROP OFF YOUR MAIL-IN BALLOT (EX: "NYC ballot drop-off box")
WHAT YOU'RE ACCOMPLISHING BY DOING THIS:
-Your ballot gets in on time no matter what happens to USPS.
-You don't have to worry about staying in long lines and risking infection - you're just stopping by to drop it off!
-You voted SAFE and responsibly!
When you drop off your ballot, find out how to track it online to make sure it is verified.
THERE IS NO NEED TO WAIT UNTIL ELECTION DAY when it is too crowded to drop off your ballot. MANY government buildings have ballot drop-off boxes. (the list of drop off sites is always posted on each county's voter info website)
ASK YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS IF THEY NEED HELP DROPPING THEIR BALLOT OFF TOO!
Share this post to friends, family and neighbors to make sure that everyone knows how to navigate this election season.
This election is more important than ever, we are demanding change and justice! Our voices WILL NOT be silenced.
Click here for a complied list of everything you need to vote, including board of elections office locations, polling sites, etc.