It’s National Voter Registration day.
If you’re not registered or have moved (no matter if it’s across the street or across state lines), you have to (re)register yourself to participate in this very important Presidential Election. Deadlines for voter registration are approaching quickly (as early as next week in some places).
If you aren’t SURE if you’re registered to vote, visit http://www.canivote.org/. This site will direct you to your local government’s voter registration records, and you’ll be able to find out if you are registered! Remember: if you are not registered under your current address, you MUST register to vote again.
http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/ also has a bunch of good resources— but none are better than a google search for “voter registration [county where you live].” Be sure to carefully check voter registration deadlines as well as identification requirements.
Some states require bullshit voter id laws under the guise of fraud prevention but are actually a targeted attempt to prevent certain groups of people (namely: People of Color, Students and Young People, and the Elderly) from voting. Now is the time to start planning to acquire whatever ID you need, so there are no ugly surprises come election day.
IF YOU LIVE IN: Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi*, Pennsylvania, South Carolina*, Tennessee. You will be required to show a state-issued, photo ID that also lists your address. There may be additional requirements. Give it a google to find your county’s specifications.
IF YOU LIVE IN: Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire*, South Dakota. You have some weird, hyper local laws but must verify your identity. Some places require state-issued, photo ID that also lists your address. Other places want you to answer personal questions. Give it a google to find your county’s specific ID requirements.
IF YOU LIVE IN Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington. You will have to show ID, but possibly not photo ID depending on where you live. Give it a google to find your county’s specific ID requirements.