I’ve never been one to be interested in politics or watching the news. CNN or Fox didn’t even really know which channel they were on, if we’re honest here. I would normally only watch when there was a hurricane or other major disaster. When COVID came to our coast on March 1st, I was of course stuck. It also helped that I was sick in bed for almost 2 weeks so all I had to do was watch and wonder if I had it. It’s September now and I have favorite shows and presenters on CNN and Fox. Yes, you read that right.
This year feels different. . .
This choice feels so different than any other before. I vaguely remember how Obama ran while he was a student. I voted for McCain, but honestly I can’t remember casting that vote because it just wasn’t as monumental as this one. My boyfriend at the time voted for Obama, and I’ll never forget that he told me and his parents, who also voted for McCain, that he wanted to be on the right side of history. A monumental moment in which the first black person was elected to the highest office.
Wild enough, I feel that too now. I look back on this moment and don’t necessarily wish I had chosen differently, I knew more. Would I have cast my vote for Obama? Not sure. Did I really know what was important to me at the age of 22? Not exactly, but I could have done more. And that’s why I’m doing more this year. Not just for myself, but now that tens of thousands of you read this blog and follow me on social media, I feel obliged. Because I really think this country is at a breaking point and November may determine the fate of this country for years to come.
I’m not here to tell you who to choose. Also, I’m sure you probably know who I’ll be voting for here in Atlanta on October 12, thanks to the early voting. But I just wanted to shout it from the goddamn roof that YOU HAVE TO VOTE.
How to vote in the 2020 election
This November’s voting will look a hell of a lot different than it has ever been before or ever again. We’ll be wearing masks for the polls and standing 6 feet apart. I tried this in our May primaries. And I felt totally safe. Hand sanitizer, masks everywhere, and lots of social distancing. So if you went to the grocery store please go to the polls.
Many states also have early voting so you can hop on at a time that is more convenient for you. Hopefully avoid long lines. It will also help get more votes as early as possible so we don’t wait weeks to find out who is president. Do you remember Bush and Gore? This is a choice that I will remember!
Mail in ballot papers
If you are unable to take the surveys, you can also request a postal vote. Each state also has its own process for this. Some post them anyway, others require a request, and some states like Oregon and Colorado mostly vote by mail on every election. For more information on mail-in ballots, see here Here.
When voting by email, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that your ballot is counted. Here, too, every state is different. Typically, you’ll need to sign it (and it should usually match what the government has documented such as your driver’s license signature). Some need a witness. You can either hand them in at your local election office or send them back. The moment you receive your postal voting slip in the mail is the moment you should fill it in and send it back immediately. Do not play hard!
There are two reasons. First, you can usually track your postal voting through your state’s online voting portal. Make sure it was received, make sure it is counted. This gives you time in case your signature is disabled or you didn’t fill out something correctly. It is imperative to make sure that your voting slip is counted. Track this thing like an Amazon delivery.
Why you need to register to vote
In order to vote, you have to register. Here, too, every state is different and has different deadlines. Here in Georgia, you must be registered by October 5th. Every state is different, so be sure to check your status. Rock The Vote is a great bipartisan website that has great resources for checking when, how, and where to vote.
So get involved
If you want to get involved in either a campaign or surveys, there are a few different ways you can help. You can make calls or texts for your candidate, you can Register as an election worker That’s in DIRE need people to help. Plus, it pays off! I urge you to get involved this year, no matter who you support. Voting is an important part of our democracy, and it is really amazing to be more involved in the process!
Are you going to participate this year?
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