As we gear up for the 2020 Presidential Election, we have a lot to do. We’re nearly a year away from the big day on November 3rd, 2020, with primary elections occurring as early as February, and it’s time to really focus on the task at hand. We need to get educated on the candidates. We need to increase our knowledge of the issues, the candidate’s positions and we need to know how all of this impacts us, our loved ones and the future of our country. Yes, knowledge is power. And yes, the more we know the more empowered we will all be to help bring about change, and it’s no secret that this country and our administration are in need of a major morality makeover. But in order for any of that knowledge to work and for that change to occur, we need to vote.
Remember that your vote matters. Every vote matters. Which is why you need to be sure that you (and everyone you know) are registered to vote.
Every Vote Makes a Difference For The Future Of Our Country
Even though it can seem like one vote won’t make a difference, and it can feel like a single person’s voice is small compared to the millions of people hitting the poles, never forget that every single vote counts. Throughout history, elections have been decided by a very small number of votes. Take, for example, the 2000 presidential race where George W. Bush won by only 537 votes out of almost six million votes in Florida. Or more recently (so recent it still stings) in 2016, when Donald Trump won the presidential race by about 80,000 votes between Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Despite the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and received more votes than any other losing presidential candidate in US history (she got nearly 3 million more votes than Trump), Trump still won the electoral college and we all know what happened next. And several other elections have been decided by just a few votes throughout the political history of this country.
In other words: your vote matters. It counts. And it’s needed. Your vote could help determine the future of big issues such as health care, immigration, Supreme Court nominations, women’s rights and more. There’s a lot on the line in 2020, and your ballot will count in big ways.
What You Need to Do To Register to Vote
The good news is that people are mobilizing and coming out in big numbers to vote. As a result of National Voter Registration Day (which occurs the fourth Tuesday of every September) in 2018, over 800,000 voters registered, making it the biggest National Voter Registration Day ever. September 24th, 2019 was the most recent National Voter Registration Day, and here’s hoping the turnout was equally successful.
There is no excuse not to vote, and the first step in ensuring that your voice is heard and your vote makes a difference is to confirm that you are actually registered to vote.
First, find out if you’re registered to vote. It’s a simple process that takes only a few minutes of your time. Click here to find out your voter status. Start by selecting your state, and then click “Confirm or Update your Voter Registration.” Or click here to look up your voter registration status.
If you’re not registered, be sure to take care of that before the registration deadline. This differs from state to state, and some states have deadlines as early as a month before the actual Election Day next November. It’s important to know about the voting laws and deadlines where you live. Some states allow you to register the same day, but in the spirit of playing it safe and being proactive, might we suggest you take care of that ASAP, like today.
To register to vote you can click here to register or update your registration. You can also download Voto Latino’s app, VoterPal, to register yourself and people you know easily from your phone. Typically, all you need to register is your state-issued ID, but you can check the state specific regulations here.
Consider this your not-so-gentle nudge to check your registration status, to register if you haven’t already, and most importantly, to vote next November.