IF YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4
If you’re registered to vote, find out your options for doing so here.
As long as you’re in line at your polling place before it closes, you have the right to vote. Different states have different hours of operation for polling places, so make sure you know when yours open and close if timing is an issue for you.
Many states allow early voting. Some allow voting by mail. All allow absentee voting for certain reasons. None allow late voting, however, so please disregard any materials you see claiming that Election Day has been changed or delayed (and report those distributing them to your local Board of Elections).
A lot of states have close federal and statewide elections this year—yes, even traditionally “blue” states like Massachusetts and traditionally “red” ones like Kansas—so your vote will count. And even if you’re in a random place where the top-ticket offices are more or less assured, there are local or nonpartisan races and ballot initiatives that you can and should vote on.
Regardless of how or where you vote or for whom you vote for, PLEASE VOTE. Elections matter. Decisions are made by those who show up. Ours is a participatory democracy, and this is the simplest, most direct way to participate.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the process or your rights. I’m not a lawyer or an expert, but I will do my damnedest to get you accurate answers. This is your right and your opportunity—don’t waste it.