Voting in 2020: Everything You Need To Know

On Tuesday, November 3rd, the 2020 election will take place, and that means it’s time to exercise your right to vote. With the added complications of the coronavirus, you may be unsure of when and how you can vote this year. But we’re here to help, with all the information you need to correctly (and safely) cast your ballot – and let your voice be heard. 

While we may never all agree politically, we can agree that voting is an essential way for ALL OF US to make a difference and take part in our democracy. And whether you still need to register, are a first-time voter, or want to know your options for voting by mail, we’re here to help you exercise your right. So make sure your voice is heard – and your vote is counted!

 

Keep scrolling to see how to register, ways to vote, and upcoming deadlines you need to know about (in every state).

 

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How To REGISTER TO VOTE

There’s still time to register for the November 3rd election, but time is of the essence, as deadlines are quickly approaching. Every state has different registration requirements, but almost all allow you to easily register online in just a few minutes.  You just have to meet the following requirements to vote:

 

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be 18 years-old by election day 
  • Be a resident of the state (see every state’s specific requirements HERE.)

 

CLICK HERE to register now, check your registration status, and see voter deadlines for every state.

 

Ways You Can VOTE

There are several ways to cast your ballot in this election. To help you figure out what method will work for you, we’ve compiled all the info you need to vote smart (and safely) in this election.

 

Voting By Mail 

With social distancing recommendations in place, voting by mail (known as an absentee ballot) is an option for anyone who can’t make it to the polls or may be concerned about their safety. Some states have adopted all mail-in voting this year (Colorado, Hawaii & Oregon), while others require you to make a request or provide a valid reason for voting by mail. And keep in mind that in order for your ballot to be counted, it must be post-maker and/or received by a specific date in each state.

 

CLICK HERE to request an absentee ballot, and see your state’s rules and deadlines for receiving your ballot. And once you have submitted your ballot, you can also track its status HERE.

Voting Early

Many states and counties also offer early voting, with polls opening up to 46 days prior to the election day. If you’re able to, it’s always a good idea to vote early to avoid long lines (and crowds) on election day and make sure your vote is counted. Some states also offer early in-person absentee voting – meaning you can vote by bringing your absentee ballot to a polling place prior to election day.

 

CLICK HERE to see all the early voting information for your state and county.

 

Voting In-Person

You can, of course, also vote in-person on election day. Requirements vary by state, but in some instances, you may need to show a photo ID in order to vote.

 

CLICK HERE to find your local polling place, and HERE to search in-person voting requirements for every state.

 

What’s On THE BALLOT?

Though the presidential election is getting most of the attention this year, you’ll also be voting for your representative in Congress, state and local officials, judges, and on ballot measures that will affect your community. While it can definitely be overwhelming to try and understand everything you’ll be voting for, there are ways you can get informed prior to casting your ballot.

 

CLICK HERE to easily search for a sample ballot with all the races in your area, along with a complete breakdown of candidates and ballot measures.

 

Now go make your voice heard! VOTE! And if you have any additional questions, you can contact the non-partisan election protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.