5 Things Voters Need to Know Before Heading to the Polls

I cannot believe this day has come so quickly! The Obama family is heading out the white house, and it is now time for someone else to take over. With that being said, everyone should be eager and ready to head to those polls to cast their individual votes. But, before you go I want to make sure that we make your experience at the polls quick and easy. Allow me to share with you 5 things all voters need to know before heading out to the polls.

1. GO TO THE RIGHT LOCATION: Poll Locations can be subject to change. Let’s not waste our gas, be sure to locate your voting location before heading out to vote. Contact the elections office or board of elections for your county, city, or state. Or, you can just check out www.VOTE411.org and they’ll have you covered.

2. BRING YOUR ID: In order to cast your vote you will need to show some identification to ensure all is safe. If you want to be extra cautious you can bring two forms of identification. In some places a current check or documentation that lists your name and address may work as well. Anything to make sure that vote is in!

3. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BALLOT: Don’t fret if you are registered but your name is not on the list. Find a poll worker to help you and make sure your vote is counted.

4. GET HELP: The poll workers are here to help you. Let’s face facts some us do not know what to do when we get to the polls, after all it is the first time for some of us. Like myself. The poll workers will show you how to work the machine and even give you a provisional ballot if you need one.

5. STAY AND VOTE: We all know those lines can be crazy long; to avoid the lines try to go during off hours (10-11:30am and 1:30-3:30pm) when there are fewer people there. Whatever you do though stay and vote, the outcome of the election is worth it.

Good luck to all, and happy voting. Remember your vote counts!