The US election day, November 6th, is tomorrow. The 2018 midterm election is likely to be one of the most controversial elections in recent history. US Secretary of State Donald Trump has not been re-elected, but the House and Senate are campaigning for marijuana legalization in four states.
It is acceptable, but the Internet is helpful. Here are all you need to prepare for Big Day. Complete registration information, polling place locations, and ride-seeking transactions.
Please confirm your registration
If you have not registered, you can not vote, so be sure that you are registered and that it is in the city and you can say what you think. Use a tool like online registration confirmation on nonprofit Vote.org to make sure things have been confirmed, or contact the state election office directly using the list created by our headquarters.
Although the registration deadline has been passed in most states, some states may still register with local electoral offices on election day. Follow the instructions of the New York Times to see if your state is still open for registration and what your options are.
Find Polling Places
Once you have verified your registration, check the polling location and hours worked. There are many tools available to help you find polling sites. Even Snapchat and Google have updates that encourage voting.
Participate in the survey
In the perfect world, the polling place is near where I live, but I do not live in the perfect world. Fortunately we live in the world using riding sharing applications like Uber and Lyft. Both provide in-app tools to find polling places.
More importantly, Uber, Lyft, Lime and Citi Bike all offer voting benefits and discounts to make voting easier.
Ballot paper preview
Votes can be stressed! There are many candidates, many problems and questions. The good news is that you do not have to wait until you make a decision on election day. All voting information is public and many sites have a sample ballot, so you can plan ahead. Most states have additional initiatives that are also available on the ballot, so you should read them beforehand.
Know the information.
The election season is controversial and social media makes it much easier for misinformation to reach the world. Pay attention to the sensational story of news sources you have never heard of and use fact-finding agencies such as Politifact and Snopes.
It is a good idea to start Politifact's own election Q & A. I'm going to look at some of the biggest problems that have been on the headlines over the last few weeks.
The New York Times also lifted the monetization for election day and it is free for anyone to track election news and results.
You Know Your Rights
Do not be intimidated by anyone to vote. If you have any problems with your survey, please contact the Electoral Protection telephone (866-OUR-VOTE) or the Justice Department's voting hotline (800-253-3931) for assistance.
The ACLU is a comprehensive guide to voters about threats and how to report them.
If you have done so far, you have everything you need to go out and vote. But you still have to actually do it . If you are a US citizen reading this book, you are likely to have an opinion about this country.
November 6, 09:10 updated: Added additional details about Google's voting location tool and NYT paywall.