Today is the day. Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Election Day.
Today it is imperative that everyone get out and vote. Not because there will be impending doom if you do not. Rather because every election matters. Because we need to remind everyone where the power belongs in this country - with the people. The people have been silent for far too long and we have seen far too much power taken away from us. Our vote is our reminder to the politicians that they work for us and are supposed to be promoting the best interests of all of us.
There are no excuses not to get out to vote today.
If you do not know where to go vote, check vote.org for your local polling place.
If you are unsure who best represents your beliefs and interests, check votesmart.org or ontheissues.org for a breakdown.
I won’t make any recommendations on who to vote for, other than to say do not utilize the straight party option. Vote for the candidates who best represent you regardless of party. Remember you are electing them to be your voice, so they should well reflect your beliefs. Even if you end up marking all of the same party, go through the process of bubbling in every one, so you associate the candidate with the position.
If you are working in Texas, your employer must give you time off to vote, up to two hours.
Be sure to bring a photo id with you to vote. The sevenforms of primary identification are listed on votetexas.gov and include a passport, a driver’s license, a certificate of citizenship, a handgun license, a military ID card, personal identification card, and a voter’s ID certification.
If you do not have one of these forms of identification, you can still vote with one of the secondary forms of identification available like a current utility bill and by filling out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration regarding why you cannot have one of the primary identifications. Even if you cannot make a reasonable declaration, you can still vote on a provisional ballot.
If you run into any problems at the polls, at least ask to vote on a provisional ballot. This will at least allow you to mark your vote and will give you six days to resolve the identification issue.
If you cannot walk into the polling location, have someone go in and ask for a curbside ballot for you. It should be available to anyone who has difficulty walking and standing in line for long periods of time. If you need any other assistance in voting, make sure you know your rights in that regard.
I cannot say it enough.
Your voice matters. Make sure it is heard.