What Are You Waiting For? VOTE!

Battle through that election anxiety and make your voice heard!

Bright colored geometric mural of the word VOTE with VO at the top and TE at the bottom
Photo by Jennifer Griffin of Chicago artist Mac Blackout’s new VOTE mural

Have you voted yet?

The chances are good that you’ve already voted. Turnout is epic this election. In my Washington State county, a whopping 78% of registered voters have already voted by mail and dropbox return. And that’s just as of Friday!

Washington State auto-registers eligible adults, so around here, registered voters is really almost the same thing as voting-eligible adults. Wow!

Here’s how to check if your ballot was counted

If you voted by mail or drop-box, in any state in the US, check your ballot status here: Check Your Ballot.

Mine’s marked as received! How about yours?

If you still need to vote

If you’re still planning to vote by mail, consider sticking that ballot in an official drop box instead, to make sure your vote is counted right away. Different states have different rules about whether your vote needs to be received or just postmarked on Election Day (and Conservatives are trying to change these rules even during the election in order to disenfranchise voters), so a drop box is your best bet.

Here, Buzzfeed breaks down election deadlines, state-by-state. I was surprised to find out that a few states even require mail-in ballots to be postmarked by the day before election day, November 2!

If your mail-in ballot isn’t going to meet the deadlines, then put on your mask and vote in person! Vote vote vote.

Election Anxiety

All I want to talk about is the election, but it seems most of the people I know want to talk about anything except the election. I get it: there is so much anxiety, and once you’ve voted, it might feel like it’s out of your hands.

You might even feel like there’s no point in voting, or that opting not to vote is somehow a better use of your voice. If you’re thinking of purposely not voting, you might want to check out my Medium piece, The Great Hack Reveals Facebook Ads Aren’t Just Selling Leggings, where I wrote about all the ways we’re marketed to online, including marketing campaigns to increase voter apathy by promoting not voting as cool and anti-establishment. Also, lady razors.

Voting’s not enough, but…

Voting’s not enough. Our civic engagement does not start and end at the ballot. But it’s something. It’s one of the many ways you can attempt to make your voice heard. Another way: checking in with your friends — especially those in swing states — to make sure they’ve voted too.

Want to do even more?

The website SwingLeft.org has other ways for you to help, like phone banking on Election Day.

And if Trump tries to ignore an eviction notice, we do a general strike. We don’t allow it.

And once our votes are counted and Biden wins (and the Senate flips!) we push those Dems to use their political power to enact huge Progressive changes.

Vote. Vote. Vote. Have you voted yet? Vote.

Let me know if you need help figuring out how. Seriously.

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