• UO Guide: Get Out and Vote

    This Tuesday, Nov. 8, is Election Day — one of the biggest privileges and responsibilities we have as citizens of the United States. Early voting has been going on in many states over the last few weeks, but if you haven’t yet submitted your ballot read on for the step-by-step on how to cast your vote in Tuesday’s Presidential Election. 

    Election Day voting locations
    Polling stations are often in public community spaces like schools or libraries — to find your polling station, you can use the Voting Information Project’s tool here or consult your local election official here.

    What to bring:
    • Your ID (this requirement varies state by state, check here to see if your state needs it)
    • Be a US citizen and 18 years old by Nov. 8

    Above: Stop by a UO store on Election Day to get a free pin while supplies last!

    Know Your Rights as a Voter
    • As proud as you are to stand behind your candidate, reconsider that selfie: many states don't allow photography inside the voting booth (find out which ones here)
    • If you don’t have an ID, you have the right to cast a provisional ballot and provide identification after the fact. Find out your state-specific status here.
    • Some states require that employees be allowed to take time away from work in order to vote (find out which states here). 

    Do your research
    Undecided? There are plenty of websites to help you navigate where each Presidential candidate stands on an issue-by-issue basis. ISideWith.com is a good place to start.

    Remember your local issues
    There are often many more offices and issues on the ballot than just the Presidential ticket. Local laws are often the ones we feel most directly and immediately, so do some research ahead of time to read up on what’s being proposed. Some states like California have over a dozen state-wide propositions to consider. Ballotpedia.org is a good resource for going through state-specific ballots to figure out where you stand on state, county, and local issues. 

    Now go out there and vote!