Quantcast
Last-Minute Voting Plan: 7 Key Steps For Election Day
Shutterstock

Last-Minute Voting Plan: 7 Key Steps For Election Day

Use this guide to cast your vote at the polls.

Politics

The big day is coming this week, ladies. We all know the importance of having an Election Day voting plan, especially at this critical time when the nation is facing some major transitions to impact us all. If you're one of the late-comers to voting, it's OK sis. We've got you covered with this quick guide to get you on the right track. Here are 7 steps to take to cast your vote by or on Election Day:

1. Make sure you​'re registered.

Shutterstock

Check the National Association of the Secretaries of State's "Can I Vote" site or visit USA.gov to confirm. Voting regulations and rules vary by state so it's also a good idea to check your local or state office Websites for up-to-date information relevant to where you live.

2. Missed your state's registration deadline? Research your options.

Some states allow residents to register and vote on the same day. (Check out more information on that here, and confirm information via your local and state sites.) Also, according to the Help America Vote Act of 2002, voters who are told, at the polls, that they are not on the registered voters list can still cast a provisional ballot. Again, each locality has its own laws and regulations on how these are handled, so be sure to look into your options and ask questions accordingly.

3. Find your polling location.

Shutterstock

You want to be sure you're at the correct poll based on where you reside and are registered. The Federal Voting Assistance Program's site offers a listing to find out where you should go to cast your vote in person.

4. If voting by mail, get your ballot postmarked as soon as possible.

(Many of the deadlines for absentee ballots have passed, but some have not, so look up the deadlines for your state. Also, if you're a first-time voter, some states have stipulations on absentee ballots. You can check your options here.)

For mail-in ballots, most states have set a Nov. 3 postmark deadline. There are fears that there will be USPS delays, so if you're still sitting on that mail-in ballot and you're reading this, get to the post office ASAP. You can also vote in-person with your mail-in ballot, or check out your options for dropping off the ballot here.

5. Do your research on candidates beyond presidential.

Shutterstock

In the current atmosphere, where many are pretty adamant about who will get their vote to become the next U.S. president, it's still important to know who you will vote for in the local and state spots (ie. the U.S. Congress as well as your state legislators). These officials make important decisions that impact your daily life. You are allowed to take notes into the polling station, so jot down who you will vote for or notes on the candidates you find favorable. This will take care of the stress of it all and make remembering who you'll vote for a cinch. You can research who's on the ballot for your community here or here.

6. Make sure you have proper documentation.

Most states require a government-issued ID, but the rules on the type can vary from state to state. For example, some allow non-photo identification (such as a birth certificate) while others mandate a driver's license or passport. You can find out the documentation rules of your state via its respective election site. (Try the NCSL site to find your state's election site to confirm requirements.) For more information on voter ID regulations and rules, visit Vote.org and be sure to know the respective laws in regard to IDs, especially if you're in the military, are disabled, or you're currently overseas.

7. If voting in person, plan for Election Day essentials.

Shutterstock

Pack those snacks and water, a mask (or two), hand sanitizer, and any other item that might make a wait in line much more tolerable. Also, it might be a good idea to even bring a foldable chair or stool to sit on. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and prepare for the weather. Plan your day accordingly, including ensuring you've scheduled out time from work or set-up proper childcare. Many states include legal provisions for taking time off from work to vote, so be diligent in finding out the policies for requesting leave to vote. It might even be a good idea to go in a pair or group (keeping to the six-feet social distancing rule of course.)

Are you a member of our insiders squad? Join us in the xoTribe Members Community today!

Featured image by Shutterstock

These Celeb Divorces Remind Us That There's No Such Thing As Relationship 'Failure'

If you made it out of this Mercury retrograde barely alive, you are not alone. From what we have been witnessing in recent weeks, it seems like so many celebrity couples have been experiencing relationship challenges now more than ever before. Or at least, that’s the pattern we are seeing on social media.

Keep reading...Show less
The daily empowerment fix you need.
Make things inbox official.
Black Women Expats Share What To Know About Dating Abroad

I've had my fair share of dating-abroad stories. For one year, I traveled the world from Mexico to Dubai, and as a 20-something, I’ve fully embraced my single nomadic lifestyle. This past year allowed me to get to know myself on a deeper level, experience new cultures, trust in God's timing for my life and ultimately avoid rushing toward the forever my heart desires.

Keep reading...Show less
I Swore Off Beauty Injectables Until I Tried Botox For The First Time

Before I worked as a beauty editor, I swore off injectables (think: Botox) because I didn't want to mess with my face. And if I'm honest, the topic was still taboo for me. Primarily due to the messaging I grew up with about being a Black woman and aging. All the women around me have aged "gracefully" and used minimal skin care products. So why should my beauty journey be any different?

Keep reading...Show less
For Michaela Coel, Her Role In ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Is A Full-Circle Moment

From her hilarious sitcom Chewing Gum to covering more serious matters with her drama, I May Destroy You, Michaela Coel’s versatility is something to marvel at. With an already impressive career in entertainment, the talented Brit has another opportunity to be proud of, her role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The Marvel film was the first time we saw Afrofuturism on screen in that way, and the highly-anticipated sequel is expected to be just as good. The BAFTA award winner dished on her new role in Vogue’s cover story.

Keep reading...Show less
When Entrepreneurship Isn't For You: How To Thrive At Your 9-To-5

I was privy to an interesting conversation a few weeks back about entrepreneurship and fulfillment. My sister had been taken aback by an Instagram Reel she saw that basically shamed people who worked 9-to-5s while touting the benefits of being an entrepreneur. It was as if one couldn't thrive at a 9-to-5, as if everyday professionals play themselves every day going into a regular J-O-B. My sister began to question whether she was missing out on something great in focusing on her 9-to-5 as a teacher (and a damn good, dedicated one, at that).

Keep reading...Show less
Exclusive Interviews
Latest Posts