Yesha Callahan

Things You Need To Know Before You Vote

The most anticipated event of the year is less than 24 hours away, although many people have already cast their early voting ballot, Tuesday marks the official voting day. But the more informed you are before you head to the voting booth, the easier the experience will be. Regardless of which candidate you’re voting for, here are a few things you should know before you go into the voting booth.

1. Know Your Rights
Bring with you either your voter registration card or a valid ID to cast your vote. Ask the polling place official for assistance if you need help casting your ballot. You can receive up to two more ballots if you make a mistake while voting. If you don’t speak English, you can bring an interpreter to assist you.

2. Inform Yourself
It’s never too late to learn about the candidates. Although much attention is directed towards the Republican and Democrat candidates, there are other candidates on the ballots. Learn about all candidates and issues at the local, state, and federal level.

3. Prepare Yourself
Many people don’t seem to have a problem standing in long lines for the next Apple product, or pair of new sneakers, so don’t be surprised if your voting line is around the corner. If you’re waiting until Election Day to vote, double-check to see where your polling location is, and make sure it hasn’t been relocated (as many places have been because of Hurricane Sandy). Make sure you check to see what times your polling locations are open, bring a snack, bring some water.

History will be made on November 6th, and everyone has an opportunity to be apart of it. Exercise your right to vote and encourage others to do so as well.

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