Make Sure Your Vote Counts

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Macy Missigman, News and Features Editor

The 2020 Presidential Election is right around the corner. Arguably, more than ever before, our country is divided. As young adults, it is our duty to vote for the change we want. The article is essentially a breakdown of resources to vote.

Election day is Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. If you are not sure if you have registered to vote you can check your status by using the following link: https://www.voteamerica.com/am-i-registered-to-vote/

In the state of New York, voter registration ended on October 9th. If you are from another state and have not registered to vote yet you can see if the deadline has passed here: https://www.usvotefoundation.org/vote/state-elections/state-election-dates-deadlines.htm#

If the deadline to register to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election has not passed in your state you can register here: https://www.voteamerica.com/register-to-vote/ Even if the deadline has passed, still register to vote at the previous link so you can vote in the future.

Now that you have registered, how will you vote? There are three ways to vote. First, by absentee ballot; second, early (in person) voting; or voting in person at your polling place on November 3rd.

If Le Moyne is not close to home or you are nervous to go out and vote due to the pandemic, you can request an absentee ballot (also known as a mail in ballot). If you are from New York, you can use the following link: https://www.elections.ny.gov/votingabsentee.html (You have until October 27th, 2020 to request one). For those out of state, use the link below. Here, you will find out the deadline in your state and be able to request a ballot. https://www.voteamerica.com/absentee-ballot/

The last method of voting is in person voting. This is for those who live locally and can get to their polling place. In NYS, Early Voting runs from October 24th, 2020-November 1st, 2020. To find your early voting location use the following link. https://www.ny.gov/early-voting-and-absentee-voting-mail-or-dropbox# 

Lastly, if you are local and want to vote in person on Election Day (November 3rd, 2020) and do not know your polling place you can check that out at the following link. https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/ (The polls are open from 6am-9pm).