As we know, voting in the United States is one of the most unexercised human rights. For young voters especially, the turnout is constantly much lower than we need it to be to make real change in our government. Something that is supposed to be easy and accessible has been tampered and compromised for decades for example through people and certain areas being stricken by voter suppression, specifically low income, and Black/Brown communities. Instead of succumbing to the barriers that are created for us to be discouraged, learn how to navigate your way around them.
The upcoming 2020 presidential election is one of the most important ones yet. It is not a secret to anyone that I despise Tr*mp more than anything and am passionate about exposing him (even though he does that for himself every day). In my perspective, I have seen many people who unfortunately supported him in 2016 (for reasons unbeknownst to me) come to the realization that he is nothing but a disgusting, ludicrous excuse of a man. Even though many have flipped, there are still people that support his racist, elitist, dystopian ideas and those are the people we need to defeat. I know a lot of us aren’t happy with the Democratic nominee we were given and that even under his presidency it will be hard to make the change we need as well but we cannot have Tr*mp be re-elected, the destruction that would come from a re-election is far too horrible.
There are many websites you can find that will help register you to vote but I picked out, vote.org. On this website you fill out your basic information to register to vote, they even have it organized by your state so you can find out specific information for you and important dates and deadlines you need to be aware of!
If you are unsure about your registration status it is super important to check it before it is too late. Here on the NASS website, you can choose your state and double-check if you are registered. If you have any doubts at all because this is your first time voting or maybe switched where you were registered in the past, it’s better to be safe than sorry and check your status.
If you are out of the state you are registered to vote in for an election, absentee ballots have always been an option. Due to Covid-19, the voting for this election is looking a little different but it is more important than ever to pay attention to which voting option is the best for you. Because of Covid-19, some states are allowing early voting and for you to request an absentee. To get an absentee ballot go to this link on vote.org.
If you have any other questions about voting, which you probably do since this is just a jumping off point, here’s a link to the voting FAQ created by Rock The Vote, a fantastic nonpartisan nonprofit that works to increase young voter registration and turnout!
Everyone, please go exercise your right to vote for this upcoming election! It is imperative that we #votehimout and attempt to change the current trajectory of our country. If you’re in a position of privilege remember that you are not voting for yourself but for those whose lives are dependent on this election.