Now more than ever, our voices and our votes matter. This is likely the most important event of our lifetimes. The results of this election will decide whether democracy as we know it lives or dies. And honestly maybe you’re a little tired of hearing about voting, but hey — we’re in this together.
Which is why we created a simple guide to help make sure you’re all set for the 2020 Election. Take a scroll, check things off, and walk away feeling good.
Election Day is November 3rd. This date really just represents the last day you can cast a vote. Early voting and voting by mail are available in many states before election day, but we’ll expand more on that soon. First thing’s first:
Pretty positive you’re registered? Make Sure You're Registered Here
P.S. To our California peeps, the voter registration deadline is Oct. 19!
The passage of the 19th Amendment did not guarantee the vote for all women. MV Museum
Worried about staying safe while voting and ensuring that your vote counts? Don’t stress, you have options:
VOTE IN PERSON ON ELECTION DAY
On Election Day, the polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The location of your polling place is printed on the back page of the county Voter Information Guide your county elections official mailed to you.
You can also find your polling place by:
Calling (800) 345-VOTE (8683)
Texting VOTE to GOVOTE (468683)
See more info on Safe In-Person Voting, Vote Center Days and Hours, and Vote Center Locations here.
Want to read up on more facts about voting? Check out Bipartisan Policy Center’s blog post for more information.
No matter what you choose, do it safely to protect yourself and others. Wear your mask, bring lots of hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing (that means 6 feet apart).
VOTING BY MAIL
Check to see if voting by mail is an option in your state. Registration and voting rules are different in each state, so please check!
If you registered to vote by mail, you should have already received your mail-in ballot. Read the instructions on your mail-in ballot carefully before completing it. You can return your ballot by mail or in person.
If you haven’t requested a vote-by-mail ballot yet, request yours ASAP here.
Return by mail: Your ballot must be postmarked by November 3 and received by November 20. If you’re voting by mail, vote sooner rather than later. We don’t want to overwhelm the USPS anymore than they already are, so if you’re ready to vote — do it!
Return in person: Your ballot must be received at a drop box or polling place by November 3. Find your drop box/polling place here.
Check out this early voting table and find your state to see when you can start voting (by mail, ballot drop box, or in-person polling). For Californians, early voting begins 29 days before the election = Oct. 5, 2020.
BALLOT DROP BOXES
This is what an Official Ballot Drop Box looks like!
Drop boxes are a secure and reliable way to return your ballot. You can find a list of your local drop off box locations and a checklist on how to use them here. Over 300 secure drop boxes are reported to be available throughout LA County to safely return your completed ballot in this election.
After you drop off your ballot, you can check to make sure your ballot was received and tallied through the Vote By Mail Ballot Status tool.
BE A POLL WORKER
If you’re under 18 and/or want to volunteer, you can be part of this election by signing up to be a poll worker. The majority of poll workers are elderly and more at-risk for COVID-19 so they need all the help they can get this year. Being a poll worker is a great experience for high school students — plus, student poll workers can get stipend ranging from $65 to $150, depending on the county. Learn More
Our votes and our voices COUNT — even during this turbulent time when so many of us feel overlooked by societal systems. We’re in this together and we all have to do our part.