Voting: Where to, registering to, and a bunch of other information

August 1, 2012 | By | 1 Comment

by Bud Friedman 

“I don’t vote because it dudn’t [sic] mean no darn difference to them [sic] people gittin’ [sic] elected,” a friend once said before I voted in the 1996 Presidential election. “Are you telling me that one — or even a couple two, three votes can change an election?  My vote ain’t [sic] worth nothing [sic].”  First, Al Gore might disagree, as would a few people on this list. More importantly, people who sacrificed their lives — and those protecting our country today — for the privilege to vote surely would, too.  So even if you love the job Congress is doing, go out and vote.  Why?  Because you can.

But what if you’re not registered, have questions, or never voted, or even scared to?  My friend, your bud Bud Friedman is here. Thanks to the The League of Women Voters Education Fund and Vote411.org — a fantastic website they launched — many of your concerns should disappear within a few moments.   

Registering: If you’re not a registered voter, not sure or maybe need to update your information, click here now.

Military and Overseas Voters: Military members: 1) thank you, thank you, thank you  2) click here for your voter services.  That same link should be visited by US voters overseas, as well.

Where to vote: So now that you’re all registered, where do you vote?  Find out here.  

Does my state maybe have different rules from other states?  Possibly.  Eligibility requirements, voting machines, electoral colleges, and types of refreshments served at polling places can vary from state to state, so learn about your state’s voting procedures.

Papers, please!  In most states, you need a driver’s license to identify yourself when you sign in.  Double-check before you go (like, right now) and look up your state’s requirements.

What’s on the ballot? A few weeks before the election, you’ll most likely get a booklet in the mail — it will have a sample ballot, dossiers on everything, and also list your polling place.  On top of that, your local newspaper will print a sample ballot, and numerous websites will have similar information.  Or you can  visit SmartVoter.org

Finally, if you found the Vote411.org information helpful, they do have a donation page* to help others who might have been in your situation.  But at the very least, go out and vote.  

What legal voting tips would you like to share?  Please reply below.

 

*Fire Congress is not affiliated with the League of Women Voters

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