A government of the people, by the people, for the people only works if the people participate in the process. This means every single eligible voter needs to cast a ballot in order to let our political class know we’re watching them. If you don’t vote, they take it as an implicit consent to do whatever they darn well please.
So take a moment today and check out nationalvoterregistrationday.org for your basic information on how to check your registration and if necessary to register in time for November.
Also the new Republican majorities in many statehouses across our country have changed the requirements at the polling places, most notably all these new Voter ID laws. So check this voting rights site. “This tool will allow anyone to check the status of their registration, learn about any new requirements, and provide all the information needed to successfully register in their state or territory.”
Don’t just assume the goverment ID you have will be sufficient. For instance, a military ID that doesn’t have your current home address on it won’t necessarily be accepted. Student IDs are also likely not going to be enough. You could find you’re prevented from voting when you get to the polls. So, check it now, before it’s too late.
And if you’re certain you’ll be allowed to vote or want to cast an absentee ballot, you can get a list of early voting dates and absentee ballot request deadlines here.
Please don’t procrastinate. Remember, voting isn’t just a right, it’s a responsibility. So do check your status today.