A Voting Hoax

A recent hoax circulating online, and in a flyer on a college campus, suggests that voters can vote via social media.  The flyer or online image says that in order to vote for Hillary Clinton voters need to type “Hillary” with the hashtag “PresidentialElection” on November 8 in order to vote for her.  No state allows for voting via social media through the use of a hashtag.

In order to vote in an election a voter has to fill out an official ballot either at a polling location or through absentee voting.  Thirty-two states allow voters who qualify to submit a ballot electronically (via fax, email or web portal).  The majority of those thirty-two states restrict the electronic submission of a ballot to voters who fall under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.  The vlogbrothers put together short videos for how to vote in every state.  This is their video that discusses the project:

The list of videos can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7SMwipBlDwBPEwxq8QD8sw/videos.  There are a few of their videos toward the end of this post.  Check with your states Secretary of State or local election official for up to date information:  https://www.usa.gov/election-office

As this political ad by Save the Day shows the outcome of any election is determined by those who took the time to register to vote, and then voted.

With the negative rhetoric coming from one of the candidates this election it might be tempting to take a selfie of yourself voting and/or the ballot.  In some states it is illegal to use a camera, cellphone, or electronic device in a voting booth; while others allow for using an electronic device as an aid in voting only.  Where some states allow you to take a picture of your ballot; they prohibit sharing that ballot with anyone else.  Check with your states Secretary of State on whether it is legal, illegal, falls into a cloudy area, or is just not a good idea to snap the picture.


How to Vote Videos:

Alaska: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZd7Rp4m8gs)

Military and Overseas: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg5Qh4anBZE)

New York: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K5a_NmSoYE)

Pennsylvania: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMJQ5pqiRNA)

The complete list of videos can be found here:    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7SMwipBlDwBPEwxq8QD8sw/videos


Registration Deadlines:

There are only 12 Days until November 8.  Below are the remaining states with upcoming registration deadlines*.  If your state is not listed the deadline has passed.  A search for “how to register to vote” in any search engine will bring up information about how to get registered and the requirements.  Check with your states Secretary of State or local election official for up to date information:  https://www.usa.gov/election-office

  • Alaska
    • In a Presidential Election year, for November General Election only, you can register to vote on Election day.
  • Colorado
    • Online- Oct 31
    • You may also register in person on Election Day.
    • Mail- Oct 31
    • In Person- Nov 8
  • Connecticut
    • Online- Nov 1
    • You may also register in person on Election Day, but only at designated locations.
    • Mail- Nov 1
    • In Person- Nov 1
  • District of Columbia
    • You may also register in person on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residency.
    • In Person – Nov 8
  • Hawaii
    • Late registration available in person from Oct 25 – Nov 5.
  • Idaho 
    • You may also register in person on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residency.
  • Illinois
    • You may also register in person at designated locations on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residency.
  • Iowa
    • Online- Oct 29
    • You may also register in person on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residency and identification.
    • In Person- Nov 8
  • Maine 
    •  You may also register in person on or before Election Day.
    • In Person- Nov 8
  • Maryland
    • Same day registration is available during early voting period.
  • Minnesota
    • You may also register in person on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residency.
    • In Person- Nov 8
  • Montana
    • You may register in person at the county election office on Election Day.
    • In Person- Nov 8
  • Nebraska
    • In Person- Oct 28
  • New Hampshire
    • You may register to vote on Election Day as long as the polls are open.
    • Mail- Oct 29
    • In Person- Nov 8
  • North Dakota
    • Only state without voter registration.
  • Ohio
    • You can register and vote the same day during the early voting period.
  • Rhode Island
    • You may register and vote for President/Vice-President only at your local Board of Canvassers on Election Day.
  • Utah
    • Online – Nov 1 .
    • In Person – Nov 1
  • Vermont
    • Online – Nov 2
    • Mail – Nov 2
    • In Person – Nov 2
  • Washington 
    • In Person – Oct 31
  • Wisconsin
    • You may also register in person on Election Day.
    • In Person – Nov 8
  • Wyoming 
    • You may also register in person on Election Day.
    • In Person – Nov 8

Disclaimer:  *Where I’ve made an effort to have accurate information only your states Secretary of States website has the official and current data.  Please check with them about when to register and what you will need on voting day.

Also I am not affiliated with any candidate, candidates party, or state election office.  They haven’t paid me for this or any other blog post I’ve written about voting.  I believe voting is a vital component of a democracy and it is up to everyone to vote.

 

**Changed title of post from “How to Vote” To Voting Hoax on 11/6/2016 due to the post primarily being about a voting hoax.  “How to Vote” was not the correct title to use.

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