Make Elec­tion Day go smoothly

The Progress-Index Weekend - - ELECTION 2018 -

Elec­tion Day gives vot­ers through­out the United States a chance to par­tic­i­pate in their govern­ment. The right to vote is some­thing to cher­ish, as many peo­ple across the globe do not get a chance to elect the of­fi­cials who gov­ern their coun­tries. While Elec­tion Day is an ex­cit­ing time, vot­ers may find it frus­trat­ing if they do not take steps to en­sure things go smoothly when they head to the polls. The fol­low­ing tips can help vot­ers pre­pare for Elec­tion Day. • Con­firm your polling lo­ca­tion. Polling lo­ca­tions may have changed since last year, and vot­ers who have moved in the past 12 months may now have to vote in a new lo­ca­tion. Vot­ers can con­tact their lo­cal board of elec­tions or visit www.Vote411.org to con­firm the cor­rect polling lo­ca­tions. Vot­ers should also learn the hours when the polls are open so they do not ar­rive too early or too late to vote. • Bring photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion laws vary by state, but vot­ers who want to avoid has­sles or holdups may be able to do so by bring­ing cur­rent photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with them to the polling place. While such iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is not nec­es­sar­ily a re­quire­ment, vot­ers who bring along a driver’s li­cense or state iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card may get in and out of the polling place more quickly than those who do not. • Con­firm reg­is­tra­tion. Vot­ers can con­firm that they have reg­is­tered to vote by con­tact­ing their lo­cal board of elec­tions in ad­vance of Elec­tion Day. Some­times vot­ers’ names may not ap­pear on the reg­is­tra­tion list when they ar­rive to vote, even if they pre­vi­ously reg­is­tered. Poll work­ers can help vot­ers who find them­selves in such sit­u­a­tions. But vot­ers who want to avoid such has­sles on Elec­tion Day can con­firm their reg­is­tra­tion be­fore­hand. • Be fa­mil­iar with the can­di­dates and is­sues on the bal­lot. Vot­ing is a priv­i­lege and a re­spon­si­bil­ity, so vot­ers should fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with the can­di­dates and is­sues on the bal­lot in the weeks lead­ing up to Elec­tion Day. In ad­di­tion to na­tional or statewide can­di­dates and is­sues, vot­ers should learn about lo­cal is­sues that may have a more di­rect im­pact on their daily lives. The more vot­ers learn about the can­di­dates and is­sues in ad­vance, the more quickly they can cast their votes and get to work or re­turn home. Vot­ing on Elec­tion Day is a priv­i­lege that vot­ers should not take lightly. Tak­ing cer­tain steps in the weeks ahead of Elec­tion Day can make it eas­ier for vot­ers to cast their bal­lots. (Metro Cre­ative)

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