The election is fast approaching. And we all know that this elections counts! Many of you have questions or are looking for ways to become more educated. Here's your guide to cover anything from "is it safe to vote in person," to "how can I help out this election season? You will also find resources on how your state handles mail in balloting.
Are you concerned about ocean conservation or women's rights? How should you vote and learn more about the causes that matter to you? We know the issues are important to you. We've put together resources and information to help empower you to vote.
When do I need to send in my mail in ballot? When is the last day to vote in person?
Election day is November 3, 2020. That is the last day to vote in person, but for mail-in-votes each state’s deadlines are different. Moreover, some states allow early voting. Visit https://howto.vote/to learn about your state. In general you want to turn in your mail-in-vote as early as possible because of the amount of mail this election season and logistical challenges facing the USPS. (Each state is different.
Does my state allow mail in voting?
It’s different for each state. Some allow you to mail-in, others provide absentee ballots, and some don’t allow for early voting. Visit https://howto.vote/ to learn about your state’s rules.
Is it safe to vote via mail? Will my vote get counted?
This is a personal choice. One thing is certain, if you vote in person then your vote will be counted and not be mired in this season's chaotic postal system. According to The Atlantic it’s probably as safe as going to the grocery store for most people.
Can I vote in person in my state?
Yes! All states will have voting polls open on election day. To learn where your nearest polling station is visit https://howto.vote/.
What should I expect when voting in person this year?
According to The New York Times, “Heavy turnout is predicted this year. Expect long lines at some polling locations, particularly in cities. Even though election officials are encouraging voters to cast their ballots at early-voting sites or by mail, some people prefer the tradition of exercising their right to vote on Election Day.”
How can I help out during the election?
Sign up as a polling station worker
Sign up to text bank and phone bank in swing states with Indivisible.org
How can I check if I’m registered to vote?
Check if you’re registered here
Is it too late to register to vote? How do I register to vote?
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Ocean Conservation | The Ocean Foundation
The increasingly severe effects of climate change on coastal communities is resulting in recurring and widespread loss of property and human lives. The devastation inflicted by strengthening storm events and routine flooding has rippling effects through the economy and society. The Ocean Foundation pursues policy to combat climate change.
Women’s Rights | Planned Parenthood
More than three-fourths of voters say abortion should remain safe and legal. There is no state in which banning abortion is popular. We decide who our leaders are. We decide our future. At the ballot box this year, we — not out-of-touch politicians — decide what we do with our own bodies.
Save The Bees | Xerces Society
Many of our native bee pollinators are at risk, and the status of many more is unknown. Habitat loss, alteration, and fragmentation, pesticide use, climate change and introduced diseases all contribute to declines of bees. The Xerces Society advocates on behalf of bees.
LGBTQ | The Trevor Project
Experts are just beginning to understand the mental health impacts of the multiple crises in 2020 that have deeply impacted so many. But we know that suicide is still a public health crisis, consistently the second leading cause of death among young people, and continues to disproportionately impact LGBTQ youth. The need for robust research, systematic data collection, and comprehensive mental health support has never been greater. The Trevor Project supports policy work that champions the wellness of the LGBTQ+ community.
Mental Health | NAMI
Across the country, mental health is on the ballot in 2020. Every elected official – from the president and Congress to county commissioners and city councilmembers – has influence on issues impacting people affected by mental health conditions. Your vote matters. Join us to learn how you can #Vote4MentalHealth
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