Your Guide to Avoiding Election Day SnafusPosted November 6th, 2012 by Claire Moshenberg
IT’S HERE! Election Day is today (November 6th!) and it’s time to get out there and vote! It can be enough of a challenge just getting to the polls today, but it’s so important. Make sure that you have everything you need this election day to make your voting experience go smoothly.
- What’s on your ballot
- How to find your polling location
- How to do election day voter registration
- Tips on breastfeeding at the polls
- Election day activities for kids
…and more, in this handy guide to avoiding election day snafus:
Check your ballot: Plug in your address and you can preview your ballot before you get to the polls. Click here to check it out: http://theballot.org/
Check your registration: Visit canivote.org to find out if you’re registered to vote.
Not registered yet? 10 states have same day voter registration. If you live in one of the states listed below and you want to register to vote with same day voting, click on your state for more information:
Not registered to vote and you live in North Dakota? Don’t worry about it! You don’t have to be registered to vote, because North Dakota does not have voter registration.
Find Your Polling Place: Not sure where your polling place is? Get the latest information on where you need to go to vote today sent directly to your cell phone (where you need it most!) by clicking here: http://www.momsrising.org/page/moms/sign-up-for-momsrisingonthego
Bring the right materials: Make sure you have all of your essential voting materials by clicking here to check out the voting checklist for your state: http://www.866ourvote.org/pages/state-specfic-voter-education-materials.
Find out what kind of ID you need to vote by visiting canivote.org.
Know your rights: Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) to speak with Election Protection if you’re having any problems at the polls (1-888-VE-Y-VOTA en Espanol).
Save this number in your phone before you get to the polls so you don’t have to look it up if you need it. Or download Election Protection’s app on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/Q2A6ts. Download from the Google Play Store here http://bit.ly/TqPCOY
For more information on voting rights in your state, check out the ACLU’s state by state guide to voting rights: http://www.aclu.org/know-your-voting-rights-state-state-voter-information
Breastfeeding: If you’re breastfeeding at the polls today, make sure you have everything you need to make it as comfortable as possible. Womenshealth.gov has a quick list of resources to help you breastfeed in public, learn more about breastfeeding laws in your state, and even has advice from La Leche about how to respond if someone comments on your public breastfeeding. Click here for a list of public breastfeeding resources: http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-in-public/
Time Off to Vote: Check the laws in your state to see if you can take time off to vote today. In some states your employer is required by law to give you time to go to the polls: http://www.findlaw.com/voting-rights-law.html
Election Day activities for kids: Keep kids occupied, entertained, and educated with these fun election day activities.
- PBSKids’ Democracy Project has fun interactive election day activities for kids, including printable presidential playing cards: http://pbskids.org/democracy/
- Scholastic Magazine also has great information for children about what election day means, as well as great election day themed games.http://magazines.scholastic.com/election-2012
Take your children inside the booth with you (if your state and schedule allow)! Show them what they have to look forward to when it’s their turn.
Be comfortable: You may have to stand in line today. It’s worth it! Make sure you’re all set up to have a comfortable wait by:
- Wearing comfortable shoes
- Fully charging your phone
- Bringing snacks and/or a water bottle
- Dressing in layers in case your polling place is unexpectedly hot or cold
Tell your friends: Sign our Pledge to vote and receive a virtual “I Voted” sticker to share on social media. Research shows that sharing on Facebook that you voted has a huge effect on encouraging your friends to vote. Click here to pledge to vote: http://action.momsrising.org/signup/vote-pledge-2012/
Remind busy moms: Have a minute today? Help remind other busy moms to get to the polls this election day by using our quick and easy calling tool. We’ll provide the technology, sample scripts, and calling list. You pick the time and location for your calls. You can make your calls from the comfort of your home, park bench, office break room, or other fun spot anytime now through Tuesday night. We made it convenient and easy because we know that you’re busy too! Click here to get started: http://action.momsrising.org/signup/MomsVotePhoneBank
Looking for more tips and resources? Check out these great tools and blogs from a few of our partners:
- Voter Resource Center (via The American Association of People with Disabilities): http://www.aapd.com/what-we-do/voting/voter-resource-center.html
- What You Need to Know for Election Day (via AAUW): http://blog-aauw.org/2012/11/02/what-you-need-to-know-for-election-day/
- Important: Voting Info for November 6th (via UltraViolet): http://act.weareultraviolet.org/signup/eday2012
- This is My Vote (via NAACP): http://www.thisismyvote.org/
And most importantly, have a great election day! We’ll be online sharing more resources and eagerly watching the results all day and night today. Join the conversation by joining us on Twitter and Facebook.
Thanks for everything you do!