Election Day is November 2. That is 46 days away. Are you registered to vote? It’s not just a “Great” Thought to register and vote. It’s your civic responsibility. People fight and die around the world for the right to choose their leaders. They stand in line for hours in bitter cold, torrential rains, and blistering heat to have a say in their government. You don’t have to do that. Those sacrifices have been made by American heroes of generations past. All you have to do is register and vote. In the most inconvenient scenario, you may have to wait in line for a while, and wouldn’t that be a wonderful problem to have?
But the parties are both controlled by the corporations and big money!
Then vote for someone who speaks out against corporate influence and big money.
But the voting machines will eat my vote!
Then vote for someone who favors a “voter verifiable paper trail” at the ballot box.
But I don’t know who to vote for!
Then turn off the TV and do some research.
I have to work that day!
Check the laws in your state, but it’s my understanding that your employer must give you enough time in your work schedule to get to the ballot box.
I’ll be out of town!
Get an absentee ballot.
Each state is different, so I don’t know the registration deadlines for each state, but Declare Yourself.com had done the leg work.
If you will be 18 or older on November 2, and if you are an American citizen, and you are not a convicted felon, you have a right to register and vote. Look up your state and meet the appropriate registration deadlines with the appropriate documentation. If you do this and somebody tries to stop you, take names, take pictures, and get help. As we get closer to the election, I will post links to election protection organizations that can help you if somebody is trying to disenfranchise you. If you meet the requirements listed above, the only person who can legally disenfranchise you is you. Don’t let that happen.