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You Will Need
- Registration confirmation
- Information about your local polling place
- A calendar
- A government-issued ID (or suitable alternative)
- A portable source of entertainment
- An opinion
- A love of democracy
Triple-check your information. Put election day on your calendar, and use a site like canivote.org to confirm that you're actually registered. Then, check your state's website to make sure you know where your proper polling place is, how to get there, and its hours.
Call in patriotic
Let your boss or professor know if you plan to vote before or during work or school hours. Since the voting process can take some time, giving a heads up to the powers that be can save you a lot of grief later on.
Bring documentation that will establish your right to vote. Each state’s regulations differ, so look up your local rules on vote411.org. Some places require you to present a government-issued ID, like a driver’s license or passport, while others will send you a voter ID card after you register.
A lot of people want to make their voice heard, so you sometimes may need to wait for your turn at the voting booth. Bring along something to keep you entertained while you wait.
Do some research
If you’re worried about how exactly you’ll be casting your ballot, visit "vote411.org":http://vote411.org to familiarize yourself with the methods available in your area. Your options might include an optical scan ballot, a mechanical lever machine, or a paper or electronic ballot.
Arrive at your polling location, wait your turn, enter the booth, and cast your ballot. Democracy feels good, doesn’t it?