We are fast approaching the 2016 presidential election. As a U.S. citizen, your vote is not only something politicians covet – it’s your constitutional right. Make sure you’re prepared to cast your vote on November 8th …
- Mark the calendar. Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day. Polls open throughout the county from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Register to vote. If you’re not already a registered voter, download a voter registration form and begin the process. New Jersey law requires that voters be registered with their county a minimum of 21 days prior to Election Day. If you’re not sure of your voter registration status, click this link. Remember that, unlike voting in the Primary Election, your party affiliation status does not matter in the General Election; you can vote for whichever party candidate you choose.
- Research candidates. Learn about the issues and how the candidates feel about them. Tune into debates, town halls, and speeches. Find out what to look for before, during, and after a debate.
- Make a plan. It may sound obvious, but having a voting plan is one of the most important things you can do after registering. Work, school, picking up the kids and grocery shopping can make any day hectic. Making a plan to get to your polling station is key. If you are housebound and know you won’t be able to get to the polls on Election Day, you can plan to vote by mail ahead of time. Active military members can also vote absentee and make their voices heard at the polls. Plan ahead and make sure you get your vote in on time.
- Spread the word. Friends, family and acquaintances often talk politics, but sometimes don’t make it to the ballot box. Find out if those around you are as prepared as you. If not, educate them. If they haven’t registered, direct them to their county board of elections to register. Be the informed one in your group.
Input from vote.usa.gov