Do you want a say in how this country is run? Do you want your voice to be heard? If so, you should vote! It’s a simple action, but it can do so much and unfortunately, many of us are taking our right to vote for granted. This is the year to change that. This is the year you should encourage everyone you know to register to vote.
Why Aren’t We Voting?
Millions of Americans use social media to voice their outrage and demand for change, but not enough of us are heading to the voting booth. In the 2016 election, nearly 56 percent of the U.S. voting-age population actually voted—in other words, of the 246 million Americans who are 18 years old or older, only around 137 million voted. In comparison with other countries, this is very low.
Studies show that the U.S. voter turnout trails behind other countries. Belgium and Sweden have the highest turnout rate with 87 percent and 83 percent of their voting-age population exercising their right to vote. But that’s not all. A total of 25 countries have higher voter turnout than the U.S. including Australia, France, Canada, Ireland, South Korea, Slovakia, and the U.K.
Let’s do better this year. The election is just two months away. Make sure you’re ready to make your voice heard with the voting tips listed below.
Am I Registered to Vote?
Are you registered to vote? You can find out on your state’s official voter website. (Listed below are some links that can help you get started). It only takes a second and all you need is some basic information: your name, birthday, social security number, driver’s license number, zip code, and/or county/town/city name. While you’re at it you can send the links to your family and friends so they can make sure that they’re registered too.
Register to Vote Right Now!
If you check your voting status and find that you aren’t registered to vote you can easily do so. Depending on the state, you can register to vote online, through the mail, at your local Department of Motor Vehicles, or other official offices and agencies.
However, you decide to register to vote it’s important that you do so now! The voter registration deadline in many states is quickly approaching (early- to mid-October, depending on the state). Don’t miss your state’s voter registration deadline!
You can find more information listed below.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota (no registration needed), Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Spread the Word!
Once you’re registered to vote, it’s time to encourage others to do so!
Send out a mass email to your friends and family with their state’s voter registration link. Print out some of the details and hand out cards around the office or your neighborhood. See if you can lend a hand with your county’s voter registration drive or volunteer through organizations like When We All Vote and Rock the Vote.
Voting is an important part of building a Mindful CommUNITY. It’s time we all took part.