If you are a human adult, you probably know that the 2020 election is coming up. You also probably know that voting is really important. Some might call it an essential civic and patriotic duty.
Worried about how to vote in the 2020 election? Don’t stress. We’ve got you covered.
First and foremost, in order to vote, you must be registered. In order to register to vote, you must be 18 (or turning 18 before election day, depending on your state) and be a U.S. citizen. Beyond that, each state has different rules and deadlines when it comes to voting. Below, you can see every registration deadline for every state.
Even if you are pretty sure you are already registered, it never hurts to check. Good news! Checking your voter registration has never been easier. I am a voter is a “nonpartisan movement that aims to create a cultural shift around voting and civic engagement by unifying around a central truth: our democracy works best when we all participate.” On their website, you can easily check your registration status, see what your eligibility is, and actually register to vote. You can also text the word “VOTER” to 26797 and they’ll send you personalized information and links based on your name and zip code. I did it this morning, just to double-check, and it took maybe two minutes tops.
Cast That Vote!
Once you have your registration status all sorted out, you have a variety of options to actually cast your vote, depending on where you live. Most states allow some form of early voting, especially given the COVID-19 pandemic. Some states send absentee (vote by mail) ballots automatically. In others, you have to specifically request an absentee ballot. Make sure you check your state’s specific requirements and make a plan for how you want to vote in the 2020 election. For a complete list of each state and their voting information, and how things have changed due to COVID-19, click here.
You might be worried about voting by mail, given everything that’s going on with USPS. In that case, many of the states that allow early voting have drop off locations where you can cast your ballot early, but without using the mail. Voting in person is also always an option. If you choose to vote in person on election day and your state is one of the ones listed below, make sure you bring an ID with you to vote.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3. Our voices are an essential part of the American democracy, so make sure you get out there and vote!