How to Vote #VoterRegistrationDay
There’s literally 41 days left (that’s less than a month and a half!) until one of the most important elections of the year takes place. If you don’t know what election we’re talking about then you need to seriously reevaluate your life because something isn’t worken’ out here.
Anyway, the U.S. presidential election opens on November 8th and we’re here to make sure you’re ready to have your voice heard, and we don’t mean by posting annoying political videos on Facebook. Voting is a simple and easy process and in our country, it’s an important part of living here. We are extremely fortunate to have the right to have our voices and opinions matter, even if some people don’t agree with them, and we should be exercising them when we can, responsibly of course.
Now, enough with the sentiments! We at Liberty Bottleworks want to help you get on the right track to being able to cast your vote for this year's presidential ballot and the steps to doing so are ridiculously easy.
...you need to register. If you’ve already registered go ahead and skip to the next step! If you haven’t registered yet, no worries, the requirements are an impressively short list. Are you:
1. Over the age of 18?
2. A citizen of the U.S.?
If you answered yes to both questions then congratulations, you’re qualified to vote! Told you the list was short.
When you go to register, keep in mind that each state has a registration deadline that you must meet before you’re eligible to vote. Some states are awesome and don’t have a deadline (here’s looking at you North Dakota), while others are still awesome but have a deadlines, some as early as October 8th (Mississippi and South Carolina). You can visit U.S. Vote Foundation to see when your state deadline is as well as any other information on how your home state goes about the voting process.
There are three different options for registering to vote: online, in-person, or by mail. For example, if you live in our home state of Washington you can visit the Office of Secretary of State website to register, mail in a registration form, or take a little drive to the local courthouse for registration. Every state is a little different so just simply search: “(your state here) online voter registration” up there in the ‘ol Google bar and a very helpful box will pop up giving you all the links you will need! Nifty!
...are you registered? Alright, awesome! This next step of voting is probably the hardest of them all and that’s educating yourself. With as big as decision as picking who you want to be the next President of the United States of America you need to take a moment to seriously think about what you believe in and what you want out of a leader. Then, go out and study up on the available candidates to find who best represents what you want. You should NEVER EVER base your vote off of:
1. Who your mom, dad, grandma, aunt, cousin, dog (even though he is just so darn cute), sister, brother, or whomever would want you to vote for.
2. Who some random well put together social media video says you should vote.
3. Who your work, club, church, league, or any other group you associate with thinks you should pick.
You get the gist. Do your research! Here are some great unbiased places you can find some information and news on the current candidates:
You have 41 days to study so get to it!
...Once Nov. 8th rolls around you will be mailed a fresh ballot envelope (you don’t even have to leave your driveway to vote!) and all of the available presidential choices will be inside on a nice white sheet of paper with a rather large box next to each name. Take a writing utensil, preferably a pen, and fill in the box next to your choice.
There are some states that offer online and in-person voting and voting registration so find out what's available to you at the U.S. Vote Foundation!
P.S. When you're all gung-ho and ready to vote for your candidate be respectful of other's choices if they happen to be different from yours. Also, don't pressure anyone into sharing who they're voting for and don't let anyone make you feel like you have to share yours. It's rude and quite honestly the most annoying thing in the world.
So now that you've been given all the tools to register, find your pick, and submit your vote when it's time to get to it! Voting is simple and easy and there's no excuse as to why you shouldn't do it. Really, there's absolutely no excuse!