Dates to Keep in Mind
We all know if we come out, we win – the more people who get to the polls, the more likely it is that we win races. So here are some dates to keep in mind:
- End of regular registration October 9
- Beginning of Early Voting October 15-31
- Election Day November 3
If you know someone who has not registered to vote by the deadline, they can still do so and vote during the early voting period using one-stop voting. They will need to bring with them evidence of their place of residence. They can find what works for identification for one-stop registration by going to our local Board of Elections web site, the state Board of Elections web site, or checking out election information on our party web site (jacksondems.com).
Plan Your Vote
It’s really important to make sure you, your family, friends and neighbors have definite voting plans this time. The last day to request an absentee ballot is October 27, but that’s really late. If you intend to vote absentee (you don’t have to have a reason to do this and it can be done in the comfort of your home), request the absentee ballot now. When it comes, complete it immediately and mail it back then! Make sure you do exactly what it asks you to do. Mistakes may jeopardize your vote. You will need a witness.
If you don’t trust the post office to return your absentee ballot, you can do so in person. However, not just anyone can bring that ballot to a polling site. So, make sure you have someone who can legally deliver your absentee ballot for you, if you cannot take it yourself. One thing you definitely want to do, if you decide to mail your absentee ballot back – do it early, like as soon as possible.
If you are going to vote in person, but are afraid to be out in public with crowds, take advantage of early voting days. Our local Board of Elections has done everything possible to make sure the experience is safe.
And, if you intend to vote on election day, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and be prepared to wait. There is no guarantee you will have to be in line long, since the demand for absentee ballots is really high this year and many people will be avoiding crowds by using the early voting option.
However, be prepared anyway. What you don’t want to do is get discouraged and go home without voting; this time every vote counts. We want to deliver a very loud message to the GOP that this country has “had enough” of bully-boy tactics, We desire a return to civility and institutional norms