No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, we all need to vote this November. There’s a lot of confusion about where and how to vote, but it’s really simple. Check out this chart to see how to vote in your state. If you are a college student who will be moving out of state for college or taking classes online from home, register to vote and determine exactly how you’re going to vote NOW.
Colleges are supposed to help students get their student IDs and give lists of students to local polling locations. They are supposed to make it easier for students to cast their ballots while they’re away from home. The key words here are “supposed to,” and considering the pandemic, financial losses, minimal administrative staff, and chaos as colleges prepare for this upcoming semester or quarter, don’t count on them to make sure that every student vote gets counted.
Instead, every college student who doesn’t have a regular polling place or a reliable plan, should request a mail-in ballot or an absentee ballot. Check this site, to determine what you need to do to ensure that you have a valid ballot that will be counted in November. Vote early and check to see if your vote-by-mail ballot was received by your County Elections Dept. It’s up to you to take the easy steps to vote so you’ll be all set come election day.