Did you know young people, aged 18 to 29 years, makeup 21% of the voting-eligible population in the United States? Over 3 million young people have voted in the 2020 general election! Make sure your voice gets heard and elect the leaders that represent you and the topics that you're passionate about. If you are under 18 years, you still have a part in the election. Talk to your friends and family and encourage them to vote!
The best way to ensure your vote gets counted is to make a plan to vote. Answering these questions will help get you started:
1. Are you registered to vote?
Check your voter registration status here.
2. Do you have a mail-in ballot?
If you want to vote by mail, you need to request an absentee ballot up to 10 days before Election Day on November 3. Based on this deadline, if you don't have an absentee ballot we recommend voting in-person.
Once your ballot is filled, make sure to sign the ballot envelope. When you are ready to deposit, you can mail it or bring it to an official drop-off box. Find your nearest drop-off location at When We All Vote. Mail-in your ballot ASAP to ensure your vote is counted. To see when your ballot has been received, check your local Supervisor of Elections website for a status update.
3. Are you going to the polls?
Early in-person voting runs through October 31. Get in early to beat the crowds and show off your "I voted sticker!" You can also head to the polls on Election Day.
When voting in-person, you can protect yourself and others from COVID-19 if you:
Wear a mask
Keep safe distance
Wash your hands
Bring your own supplies (black ink pen)
4. What time will you be voting?
Pick a specific time to visit. Calendar it on your phone to give yourself a reminder!
5. Where are you voting? Do you have a ride?
Find out where you can vote early + where you can vote on Election Day by searching your address on When We All Vote. It's super easy and convenient.
Having a #VotingSquad makes voting all the more fun! Ask your friends and family to see if you can ride together to the polls. If you don't have transportation, ride services like Uber and Lyft are offering discounted or free rides to polling places this year!
6. Do you have all the necessary documents to vote?
Bring a current and valid photo ID with a signature and face mask since you will be around other people.
Don’t miss out on this chance to vote for your future. Everyone's vote does count and can make a difference.
For more information on voting, please visit When We All Vote. Also, check out our previous post on Youth Votes Count; the Ybor Youth Clinic Youth Community Advisory Board's campaign to help increase youth voter turnout.