Election day is one month from today and I want to remind everyone [that lives in my country] to register to vote! Election day is Tuesday, November 6th, and if you haven't registered to vote - get on it and quick! Simply Google how to register to vote, each state has it's own website for you to follow the thorough instructions for the application to register to vote. In my state it's as simple as:
- Be a Citizen of the United States of America;
- Be a Florida resident;
- Be 18 years old;
- Not now be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored;
- Not have been convicted of a felony without your civil rights having been restored; and
- Provide your current and valid Florida driver’s license number or Florida identification card number. If you do not have a Florida driver’s license number or a Florida identification card number then you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have any of these items, you must write “none” in the box or field.
Now, say you are registered but you didn't catch the debate this week and generally haven't been keeping up with the political campaign? That's okay! It's never too late to be informed. Get the facts with fact-checking websites like FactCheck.org and PolitiFact.com. My favorite way to stay informed is the easiest way; I simply listen to National Public Radio in the car while driving to work and class. It makes me feel like I'm not wasting the thirty minute commute!
Many college students have a set back that you may have too: does your state ID have your parent's home address on it and not your temporary college apartment address? This makes it difficult for you to register and vote in the county that you are currently residing (due to the GOP pushing for stricter voter registration requiring a state ID to match the county in which you're voting, oops). Don't let this stop you from casting your vote! You can still vote by mailing in your ballot, it only takes a second from home. Just Google the steps that your state requires you to take.
Go and vote on or by November 6th, get your cute sticker, and have a beer.
Beer voted sticker photo source