Simons Guide To Election Day

Simon cast his vote last election day, but he wished he was more prepared. Let Simon explain the basics so you can be prepared next time you hit the polls (which will be in the 2020 election for president!)

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Step 1 - Educate
Whether you're expecting to elect a new congressman or voting for the president of the United States, education is key. Sometimes, even years in advance, candidates have their platforms up and ready to go. 
Watch the news, browse the internet, and go to the candidate's website to make an informed decision about the issues in your community, state, or country.

Step 2 - Register To Vote
How can you vote if you're not registered, right? Simon made this mistake. Go to Vote.gov and you can change or check your current registration. If you're registering for the first time, you must be a US citizen and 18 years old at the time of the election (some states will let you register at 17.5 years old.)

Step 3 - Make Sure You Have Your Voter ID
Nobody wants to show up to the polls on election day and not be allowed in. Valid IDs include driver's license, a state-issued ID, military ID, passport, or birth certificate, social security card, or utility bill.

Step 4 - Not Going To Be In The Area? Fill Out An Absentee Ballot.
You don't want to be on vacation and realize you didn't vote! Let your mind ease with an absentee ballot. 

Step 5 - Know Where You're Voting
Based on the address you register, you'll be placed in a specific voting location. Check your local listings for specific locations.

Step 6 - Make Your Decision
A few weeks before election day, some municipalities will send out sample ballots featuring issues you will be voting on. Reading your sample ballot will allow you to make your decision ahead of time, just like education yourself in step 1!

So what are you waiting for? Gear up for 2020 with all these tips - and learn from Simon's mistakes for next Election Day.

 



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