It is hard to believe that there are just 50 days left in this never-ending election cycle. Voting is important to our democracy. Every few days there seems to be another headline about changes to the voting laws in a variety of states. So it is important for every voter to stay informed about the current laws for their state. For the majority of states, the deadline for voter registration is around the first week of October. So, it isn’t too early to get registered to vote, check on voter registration, or get registered for early or absentee voting. According to the National Conference of State Legislators currently, there are:
- 34 states and the District of Columbia that allow no-excuse early voting in person;
- 3 states (Oregon, Washington, and Colorado) that have vote by mail systems
- 27 states and the District of Columbia that allow absentee voting by mail without an excuse.
- 20 states that allow absentee voting by mail if voters meet specific criteria
A search for “confirm voting registration” brings back several options for confirming voter registration status. Included among them are:
- CanIVote that was set up by state election officials to help direct people to the right state websites.
- RockTheVote a nonpartisan, non-profit organization aimed at getting young people to vote.
- USA.Gov where you can register to vote; and check your status.
- Vote.Org where you can check your registration status. You can either enter your information into their form or go to the list of states click on your state and enter the information directly into your states site.
WordPress also has a Get Out the Vote Voter Look-Up Tool:
To find out what measures are on your ballot this election you can go to your Secretary of States website and/or places like Ballotpedia.org. Ballotpedia allows you to search for statewide measures. The site then provides the text of the measure, statements for and against, media editorial positions and any poll results. They also link to all references and have additional external links.
For the most up-to-date information check with your Secretary of States website and/or local elections office.