You can vote in several different ways. Knowing your options— and which one works best for you— is crucial, especially given that your options may have changed due to the pandemic.
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Request your ballot by mail. Receive important voting updates. Register to vote if you need to. It takes only minutes to get ready for the 2020 election.
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Here we address some commonly asked questions and provide resources to help you complete this most essential step of democracy. Also, given that the situation around the election continues to change, you can check here for the latest updates where you live.
How do I vote by mail?
Science Rising encourages voting by mail when possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Voting by mail (also known as absentee voting) is safe, simple, and secure, and every state offers it as an option, though the requirements and deadlines can vary signifcantly by state.
Some states are encouraging people to vote by mail to protect themselves, the public, and election workers during the pandemic, while other states make it more difficult to obtain a mail-in ballot. To vote by mail in most states, you will need to request a ballot before your state’s deadline—our TurboVote tool makes it easy to request a mail-in ballot.
How do I vote in person?
If you choose not to vote by mail or are unable to vote by mail, there are several ways you can vote in person, including early voting or voting at your polling place on Election Day. Science Rising encourages you to do so as safely as possible and in accordance with the guidance outlined at HealthyVoting.org.
Some states may also offer other opportunities or locations for in-person voting in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Be sure to visit your state’s election office website for more information.
I won’t be in the area where I’m registered to vote on Election Day. Can I still vote?
Yes! You could either vote by mail (see above), or you can choose to cast your ballot early and in-person if you are unable to go to your polling place on Election Day.
The specific rules and deadlines vary widely by state, so it’s essential that you research and know the details that are relevant to you.
Early voting begins anywhere from two to six weeks ahead of Election Day depending on the state. If you will be in the area ahead of Election Day, you can look up if and when your state has early voting. If so, you can go to a polling place during early voting hours and cast your ballot in person. If you do vote in person, we encourage you to follow the guidance of public health experts on how to keep yourself and others around you safe.
I’m a student but am attending classes remotely from a different place or state than where my campus is located. How and where do I register and vote?
Students who were registered on campus but attending class remotely may need to re-register. Use this guidance and helpful flow charts to help make a plan to vote this year, and determine if you need to re-register at a different address.
I’m around on Election Day! How do I find my polling place?
Find your polling location here. Remember it may have changed since you last voted!
Some states are reducing the number of polling locations open on Election Day to focus on voting by mail and early voting due to the pandemic, so please double-check your polling location in advance.
If you vote in person, please vote safely and in accordance with the guidance outlined at HealthyVoting.org.
It seems like there are a lot of rules for each state…
Yup. If you want to learn more about voting rights in your state, you can find out how your state stacks up in terms of protecting people’s right to vote.
OK! I’m registered to vote and have a plan to vote! Now what?
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Science Rising is working with TurboVote from Democracy Works to ensure that you can participate in this year’s elections and have all the information you need for Election Day.
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- Request an absentee ballot so you can vote by mail
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- Receive election reminders and updates via text and/or email
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