To defend human rights and democracy, vote!
Please vote! This is the single most important action you can take for justice and human rights. With just a few days before election day 2020, there have been record numbers of ballots cast in early and mail-in voting. While turnout has been high, there are significant efforts all around the country aimed at voter suppression, particularly in communities of color and districts with the most diverse constituencies.
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Multiply your effect! Check-in with your families and neighbors and ask them about their voting plans, offer support to those who may need assistance or who may feel intimidated by the many barriers to voting.
If you intend to vote by mail: make sure to check mail-in ballot deadlines in your state. If it’s too late to submit by mail, you can bring your filled-in ballot to official voter drop off boxes or drop at your polling station on election day. It is recommended that if you haven’t mailed in your ballot by now, the safest guarantee for your vote to be counted is to drop your ballot at an official location or vote in-person (see tips for in-person voting below).
Please support people of color, youth, those with disabilities and all others who may be overwhelmed by the voting process. Reach out to eligible voters in your community who may need a hand in developing a plan to get to the polls.
The stakes could not be higher this election year. Human rights, civil rights and political rights are on the line. Vote for those who can’t, vote because democracy depends on our active and inclusive participation, and our collective resistance to injustice.
Here are some quick links to find out where to submit and when you can cast your ballot:
- Official ballot drop-box locations in your area
- Election-day polling place locator, using your address
- Mail-in deadlines by state
A FEW MORE TIPS IF YOU ARE VOTING IN PERSON
While many states still allow mail-in ballots, it is recommended that if you haven’t mailed it in by now, to guarantee your vote is counted, drop off your ballot at an official drop-box location or vote in person.
Here are a few suggestions on safe in-person voting.
- Protect your health! Of course, wear a mask, keep socially distanced in the voting lines and bring hand sanitizer. All polling places should provide safety measures and be set up to assist in social distancing.
- You can safely vote in-person even if you requested an absentee ballot. If your absentee ballot never arrived or you haven’t mailed it in yet, you can still safely vote in person. Your absentee ballot will be canceled and the in-person vote will be counted.
- Voting is a right! No one can take that away or threaten you for voting or for voting for a specific candidate. If you feel intimidated or threatened while waiting to vote, report the offense to official poll-workers right away.
- Your vote is confidential: Unless you choose to share who you voted for, your ballot is private.
- Arrive at your polling place ready and with your informed voting choices already made, so you can quickly cast your ballot. Here are a few ways you can prepare:
- Read up on the issues and jot down your choices on a list you bring with you, on your phone or on paper.
- Download a voting guide to your phone (or print) for your region that you feel reflects your voting choices. There are many guides available; with a quick search online, you can find the right one for you.
- Before voting, have a conversation with family and friends to clarify your position on the issues and candidates that will appear on your area’s ballot.
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Together we can get out the immigrant vote!
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