It’s Election Day! How to Prepare For the Polls

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2020 has been a long year for everyone, from the pandemic of COVID-19, racial injustices and now we’ve come to down Election Day. Today’s the day where your voice matters, here’s what you can do to prepare.

The early bird definitely gets the worm, getting to the polls early can speed up the process. Typically starting around 6/7am would be the ideal time to avoid the long lines. According to a NYtimes “99.7 million ballots already submitted through in-person early voting and by mail.” People that decided to participate in early voting that ended Monday night, 35.7 million people had voted in person and 63.9 million had cast ballots by mail.

Depending on the state you’re in, the weather can factor into the voting process. The weather maps for Election Day 2020 continue to favor dry and mild weather across most of the U.S. Typically, the warmer it is more people are likely to vote, versus more colder weather could prevent people from wanting to leave their homes. According to mrpnews, “Overall, the weather picture next Tuesday appears to favor a continued heavy voter turnout pattern on Election Day 2020.”

When getting prepared to enter the booth, be sure phone usage is minimum to none, states such as Colorado, Georgia, D.C, Iowa, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland and South Dakota are prohibited to have cell phone usage when preparing to enter the booth.

Most importantly, once you’re ready to fill out your ballot be sure to read the instructions carefully, in making sure you’re filling out the questions in the correct format. If at anytime you get confused, don’t hesitate to ask a poll worker for assistance. Even if you make a mistake on your ballot, you are allowed to start over.

Remember, your vote matters!

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