The presidential election is just around the corner. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans may opt to vote by mail. In a move to undercut our democracy, President Trump and his administration is deliberately withholding funding from the US Postal Service and removing mailboxes and vital mail processing equipment to make it harder to vote by mail.
At the same time, voter suppression tactics, which impact Black, brown, and young voters the most, are surging across the country.
We all have an enormous stake in a full and fair vote in November.
Here are 4 actions you can take to do your part:
1. Vote early
Make sure you are registered to vote and your registration information is up to date.
If you want to vote by mail, Vote.org will help you determine the rules in your state. If you are voting by mail, make sure to carefully follow the rules on the ballot and envelope; otherwise your vote may not be counted. Some envelopes may say extra postage is necessary. In that case, add your own stamps.
With slowdowns at the post office, and depending on your state, it might be best to drop off your ballot at a ballot drop box in advance of election day.
Many states will have extended early in-person voting as well, where you vote while avoiding crowds.
Check your state’s voting rules now. They may have changed since the primary, and make sure to follow them. Voting early can ensure that your vote is counted!
2. Encourage everyone you know to vote early
Let your friends and family know you voted early and pass on the links above so they do too!
3. Fight voter suppression.
The US cannot call itself a democracy when there are widespread practices designed to stop people of color from voting across the US. That’s why it is so important to take action with and financially support the work of The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Fair Fight, Respect My Vote, Black Voters Matter, Common Cause, and the ACLU – all organizations at the forefront of securing voting rights for all.
4. Volunteer -- Younger election volunteers are needed.
In most elections, poll workers are often older persons, who may be retired. Since the elderly are particularly susceptible to COVID-19, and many volunteers may choose not to work the polls this year, younger poll workers are needed. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, go to Power the Polls to sign up. If you need some convincing, the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah makes a powerful case for young people volunteering.