So, tomorrow — Tuesday — is of course Election Day here in America. I know many of you have already voted, but if you need to find your polling place, you can look it up here. If you don’t know what to bring with you to the polls in your state, the ACLU runs it down here.
And remember, per the ACLU, which has more details here:
- If you’re in line when the polls close, stay in line – you have the right to vote.
- If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.*
- If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.
- If you run into any problems or have questions on Election Day, call the Election Protection Hotline:
- English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683
- Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
- Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287
- For Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683
I’ve seen people give that advice that putting the election hotline into your phone is a good idea, and that seems true. (The ACLU in general is chockablock with advice for any voting-related issues you might run into.)
*In the last presidential election, I accidentally voted for Jill Stein. “DON’T accidentally vote for Jill Stein,” I said to myself, as my left hand only heard the words JILL STEIN in my brain and clonked the pen right down onto her bubble. I went and told the poll workers that I needed a new ballot and they destroyed my old one and gave me a new one and it was not a big deal.
I also got an email from a Fug National this morning who works with Pizza to the Polls, which is an organization you may have heard of that takes reports of long lines at polling places and then sends pizza to them. If you’re in a line (or see a line!) that needs food, reach out to them! (You can also donate to them there.)
If you have any other resources that need sharing, please feel free to share them in the comments. I know from our Instagram poll last night that many of you have already voted; if you haven’t, and you need help making a vote plan, let us know and we can help you! Otherwise, let us know your plan for tomorrow in general — for voting, or for how you plan to get through the day. I’ve personally been doing a last push of text-banking but tomorrow is going to be extra nerve-wracking, especially because the news is going to be extra bonkers until the polls close (because no one will know anything but everyone will be extrapolating). (And yes, I know that we might not even know anything then, and might not even know anything for days!!My loins are girded!) I mean….I will have actual work to do! But otherwise, I am concerned that there’s a real lack of candy in this home.