Did you know research has shown that thinking through a voting plan can increase the likelihood of a voter actually voting by almost 10%!
Here’s the thing. Lots of people intend to vote. But when the day comes, some don’t. There are lots of reasons why some people never make it to the polls. But we know that one thing that helps overcome the problem of meaning to vote but just not getting around to it, is when people take a moment to figure out exactly what their voting plan will be. The power of thinking through their day and making a plan is immense. It can be the difference between voting and not voting.
And on this off-cycle election year, one vote makes all the difference in the world. Many of the elections coming up this November will be won with just a handful of votes. Turnout is critically important. Get ready by running through this checklist.
Leading up to the election
REGISTRATION: Make sure you’re registered to vote at least a month before Election Day. Voter purges are happening as we speak. You can check your status at IWillVote.
ID: Some states require ID while others do not. The standard in your state may have changed since the last time you voted. Be doubly sure you know what you need at the polls by checking HERE.
BALLOT: Review your candidates and ballot measures ahead of time so you can make an informed decision. You can get a sample ballot through Vote411, which is powered by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters.
Make a plan to vote
WHEN: When will you vote? You may be able to vote early or by absentee ballot. Perhaps you’re in a state with all-mail ballots. If you’re going to vote in person on Election Day, look at your schedule for the day. Decide what time you will go to the polls. Set a reminder on your phone.
WHERE: Where is your polling location or ballot drop box? It may have changed since the last time you voted. Check here to find your polling place.
HOW: How will you get there? Are you driving or do you need a ride? Are there any friends or neighbors that you can go with? Taking a friend with you increases the chances you’ll both definitely vote.
After you vote
When you go vote, keep this number with you: (866) OUR-VOTE. If you or someone you know is turned away or has trouble voting at your polling location, call this number to submit a complaint. It is run by the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
After you vote, wear your “I Voted!” sticker and tell everyone on social media that you voted! Research shows that others are much more likely to vote if they know their friends and families are voters.