Pro Tips for Getting Your Vote on this November

Posted by Jenna Redman

October 12, 2018

vote in midterm 2018 electionThe 2018 General Election is just a month away, it’s happening this year on Tuesday November 6th. Are you all prepped and ready to get your vote on? In case you’ve been avoiding all things news related and totally forgot about the election, no need to fret.

We’ve created this handy-dandy list of all the things you need to think about before the end of the month comes along. Go through the list and make sure all your ducks are in a row, that way when November 6th comes along you are more than prepared to cast your vote!

Registered to Vote?

Even if your immediate answer to this question is yes, it’s still a good idea to double check. If you are a California registered voter then you can double check your voter status here.

It’ll ask you for your:

  • First and Last name
  • California Driver License or Identification Card Number
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth

This will allow you to see if your name is spelled right or if they have your correct address on file.


Find Your Polling Place 

Once you know what address you are registered to vote at, finding your polling place is simple! Click here and enter your address. It’ll give you the name of your polling place, the address, and directions from your registration address to the polling place.

Other great things about this website? You can download your voter pamphlet and get to reading about all the people you’ll have the chance to vote for in the election! You can also give your cell phone number and they will send you a text notification to remind you to vote on Election Day.


All About the Candidates 

There are several different ways you can get information on all the candidates running for office this November, they are: 

  • Read through your Voter Pamphlet you received in the mail! (if you haven’t received it or want to see a PDF version, go to the section above about finding your polling place- they give you an option to download it.) 
  • See the certified list of all the candidates, or you can learn more about each candidate by visiting their website listed here (note that not every candidate gives an email, but most do, along with an email and address).
  • Catch up on news about the record number of women and minorities that will make history in our country if they get elected (note: none of these people are available to vote for in California).
  • Lastly, you can read through the candidates that paid to have statements written about them. These statements will also be found in your voter’s pamphlet, but if you want to read the statements without all the extra stuff that comes in the pamphlet then this is the best place.


Want to Avoid the Voting Lines?

The peak voting hours around the United States are in the early morning 7:00am to 8:00am, early afternoon 11:30pm to 1:30pm, and early evening 5:00pm to 7:00pm. These busy times are to be expected as people want to either vote before work, during their lunch break, or right after work. 

In order to avoid the lines, try going at any time in-between. Not only will you be able to get in and out faster the people at the polls will be happy to see someone!


Benefits of Vote-by-Mail for Next Time

If locating your polling place is stressful, or you have to wait in a ridiculously long line that makes you late to work, think about signing up for vote-by-mail for the next election.

There are several benefits when it comes to receiving your ballot by mail, the biggest one being that it saves you time! Vote-by-mail individuals receive their ballots in the mail prior to Election Day, allowing them to fill it out and send it back in order to be counted with the ballots collected on Election Day. You don't even have to leave your house on Election Day if you don't want to because you will have already voted! That means no need to search for your polling place at the last minute, or fight traffic, or the line of people who didn't read over their voter pamphlet ahead of time. 


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