Happy Election Day, Tumblr!
If you’ve already mailed in your absentee ballot or participated in early voting, give yourself a pat on the back followed by a healthy round of applause. You did it, constituents! You knew your voice was important and you made damn sure that it was heard.
For the majority of you, today is your time to shine. These midterm elections are important because you get to vote at the local level. You get to have a say in what matters the most to the communities in which you live, work, and spend much of your time and money.
Today is your chance to protect what you love and fight for what you believe in.
Make sure you’re prepared before you leave your home to vote:
- Make sure you have any necessary paperwork
If you live in New York or California, you can just state your name and address to cast your ballot. Neat! Other states have different requirements, like you may need to present a photo ID. You can check out the specifics for your state here.
- Look into when and where to vote
Some voting polls can open as early as 6 a.m. and close as early as 6 p.m. Others are open until 9 p.m. Checking your polling location and its hours is easy—just head on over to Vote.org’s polling place locator.
- Know your rights
It’s important for you to know your rights and what actions you can take if you are denied the opportunity to vote. Voter intimidation is illegal, and you have every right to report any sort of intimidation or harassment you see at the polls. This can affect anyone, but is often used to prevent historically disenfranchised people from being heard.
Voting is a right. Voting is a privilege. Voting is a responsibility. When you vote today, think of the people in your life who weren’t able to vote 60, 80, 100 years ago. Think of how far we’ve come. Think of how far we still have to go. Think of the voiceless who are not able to vote today, but deserve as much help and protection as anyone else. Just think—and vote.
Oh, and join us later tonight for live coverage of the midterms with Yahoo! News. Just hop on Tumblr at 7:30 p.m. ET and you won’t miss a beat.
This is it. See you at the polls, Tumblr.