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How to Build Your Voting Plan

If you live in United States, you’ve probably heard that tomorrow, November 6th is midterm elections. The emphasis of midterm elections is on local politics, and if you’re living in the United States and are over the age of 18, this is your chance to get your voice heard in your community. Here is your guide to getting the information you need so you can go to the polls tomorrow!

Every State is Different

Every state has a different set of rules for the election, and many require you to register in advance to vote. You can check if you’re registered at Vote.org.

Some states, like Illinois, offer same day voter registration. In Illinois, you can register at your polling place, while other states may offer online registration. Check what your state’s voter registration policies are here!

Every Election is Different

Before you head to the polls, make sure you know what you’re voting for. Especially at midterms, its important to understand the measures on the ballots. In addition to voting your local and state officials, you likely will have to vote on referendums. You can find everything you need to know about your ballot at BallotReady.org.

I’m voting in Massachusetts this year, and we have three questions to vote on. The first is about Patient-Nurse limits, which sets maximum ratios for nurses. The second is about creating a Committee on Election Spending, which would create a group that would look to overturn the Citizens United decision about campaign finance. The third is about Transgender Anti-Discrimination, which would repeal the 2016 state law that banned discrimination against transgender people in places of public accommodation.

Make a Plan

Now that you’re educated on the measures and know that you’re registered to vote, how are you actually going to vote. Every state has a website to help you find your polling place, and Vote.org has the list! You can also enter your address to find your closest one!

Every state has slightly different hours for voting, so make sure you know by when you have to stop by. Depending on how busy your polling place is, make sure you allot enough time as there may be a line. Some states will even give you time off from work to vote.

Tell Your Friends

Get your sticker or your wristband! Post a picture! Talk to your friends about it! A recent study showed that your social influence actually changes the likelihood that your friends vote, and this is perfect content for your Instagram Story. If you tag @xoromedia in them, we’ll repost them!

Hello! My name is Rosana Rabines! I'm a student, stationery enthusiast, and runner constantly reorganizing my life to make the most of my college experience in Chicago.

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