Hey there folks, my deal is that people across the world remind me that the US really is "the shining city on the hill." I really feel seriously that this really is our civic duty, a shared responsibility to our communities and families to vote.
Some politicians have tried to manipulate voting laws for their benefit, that's not right. We need integrity in our elections and voting that's free, fair, and accessible.
Register to vote, and commit to vote. It's easy to do, and you have lots of options and resources.
Here's what you need to know:
Before you can vote, you need to register to vote. You can register at:
- TurboVote, via Voto Latino or Google (TurboVote even includes forms and stamped envelopes, and that costs around a buck.)
- RockTheVote (This one's focused on Millennials, and I'm old, really old.)
- National Voter Registration Day
Other resources that are a really big deal include:
- The Election Protection Hotline, 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683), will be answered live from trained volunteer on National Voter Registration Day from 9:30 AM-8 PM Eastern. Voters can call the hotline to ask questions about voter registration, early voting, requesting an absentee ballot, or any another voting related question
- The Voting Info Project (VIP) provides voters with access to customized election information to help you navigate the voting process and cast an informed vote. VIP also answers voters’ basic questions like “Where is my polling place?” “What’s on my ballot?” and “How do I navigate the voting process?”
- The Internet Votes wants you to register to vote, and vote for internet protection and freedom.
- Student Voting Guide by State; thanks to the good folks at the Brennan Center.
Orgs protecting your right to vote:
Some organizations that are working really hard to protect people’s right to vote. (And if you are not registered to vote, register here.)
- Brennan Center for Justice: The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice.
- Campus Progress: Campus Progress is a national organization that works with and for young people to promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges.
- Cost of Freedom Project: The Cost of Freedom Project is a citizen-led initiative that has developed location-based apps to provide voters with information on how to obtain a voter ID.
- Electronic Protection: The nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process.
- Federal Voting Assistance Program: The FVAP provides U.S. citizens worldwide a broad range of non-partisan information and assistance to facilitate their participation in the democratic process – regardless of where they work or live.
- League of Women Voters: The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan citizens’ organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives. LWV was formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women; the centerpiece of the League’s efforts remain to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans.
- Rock the Vote: Rock the Vote's mission is to engage and build political power for young people in the US. Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture, new technologies, and grassroots organizing to motivate and mobilize young people to participate in every election. Their goal is to reinvigorate US democracy and redefine citizenship for a generation in 2012 and beyond.
- Voto Latino: Voto Latino is a nonpartisan organization united by the belief that Latino issues are American issues and American issues are Latino issues; Voto Latino is dedicated to bringing new and diverse voices into the political process by engaging youth, media, technology, and celebrities to promote positive change.