How To Ensure Your Vote Counts

VOTE IN PERSON AT THE POLLS!!!!!!! THAT IS THE BEST WAY OF ALL.

IF YOU MUST DO AN ABSENTEE BALLOT, REQUEST IT EARLY, AND MAIL IT EARLY!!!!! IDEALLY DROP IT OFF AT THE MOST SECURE LOCATION AVAILABLE. (HINT: A DROP BOX ON A STREET CORNER IS PROBABLY NOT YOUR BEST CHOICE. NEITHER IS ANOTHER PERSON WHO PROMISES THEY WILL SEE IT GETS DELIVERED.)

IF YOU GET MORE THAN ONE “MAIL-IN” BALLOT MAILED TO YOU AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS (PREVIOUS ADDRESSES ETC.) FIND OUT HOW TO MAKE SURE ONLY THE BALLOT YOU CAST IS COUNTED. YOUR ELECTION OFFICIALS KNOW HOW TO DISPOSE OF OR TURN THEM IN PROPERLY. AND HOW TO REPORT POSSIBLE MISUSE OR FRAUD.

IF YOU HAVE MOVED, NOTIFY THE ELCTION BOARD TO REMOVE YOU FROM THE ROSTER, SO THEY DON’T MAIL ONE TO YOU THAT SOMEONE ELSE COULD TAKE AND FALSIFY. (THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN BY THE WAY WITH AN ABSENTEE BALLOT, SINCE YOU HAVE TO REQUEST IT PROACTIVELY. IT IS THE UNIVERSAL “MAIL IN” BALLOT THAT POSES A CHALLENGE, AND RISK)

BOTTOM LINE, IT IS YOUR VOTE. YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENSURING THAT YOUR VOTE COUNTS. DO NOT SIT BACK AND WAIT FOR BUREAUCRATS TO SORT ANYTHING OUT FOR YOU. NO EXCUSES HERE, FOLKS.

YOU MATTER, AND YOUR VOTE MATTERS. IT IS A SACRED RIGHT OF THE AMERICAN CITIZEN TO VOTE. THAT RIGHT BELONGS TO NO ONE BUT ELIGIBLE AMERICAN CITIZENS. BUT YOU ARE–IN THE END–THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY. ONLY YOU AND I CAN SCREW THIS UP. NO ONE TO BLAME BUT OURSELVES.

GOING TO THE POLLS IN PERSON IS THE BEST–ABSOLUTELY THE BEST. IF YOU CAN STAND IN LINE AT GROCERY STORES, YOU CAN STAND IN LINE AT THE POLLS. YOU CAN DISTANCE YOURSELF. YOU CAN WEAR MASKS.

DO NOT LET ANYONE INTIMIDATE YOU INTO THINKING IT IS NOT “SAFE” TO GO TO THE POLLS. YOU KNOW BY NOW HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS. BUT, IF YOU DOUBT THAT, THEN REQUEST A PROPER ABSENTEE BALLOT.

THE KEY IS NOT TO PROCRASTINATE. GET THE BALLOT. RETURN IT PROPERLY WITH PLENTY OF TIME TO SPARE.

AND REMEMBER THIS IS YOUR ELECTION, YOUR VOTE. TURN OFF THE NOISE, AND ENJOY ELECTION DAY!! HAVE SOME GOOD CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHERS AT THE POLLS. “SOCIALIZE” WHILE YOU “SOCIAL DISTANCE.” YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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