Don’t wait until the last minute to know how, when and where you are going to vote.
For a lot of Americans who plan on voting in this year’s presidential election, this is the very first time they have ever voted. And even for some who have voted they may have forgotten how the process is done. Believe it or not this will be the very first time I’m been to the polls to vote.
During the last two presidential elections I was away from my home state of Pennsylvania. In 2000 I was at school in West Virginia and in 2004 I was in North Carolina training to deploy to Iraq. For both elections I did a absentee ballot and as a result I’ve never been to the polls in person. So for this election I did my research to make sure that my vote will be cast as easily as possible. Thankfully the Barack Obama campaign made this very simple for potential voters. All you have to do is go to VoteForChange.com and type in your name and where you are from and it will tell you where you have to vote. Don’t think you already know where to go because I was surprised to find out my polling location is near an address I only held briefly.
So go visit the site and make sure you know where to go. If your state allows early voting (unlike mine), then vote today and avoid the long lines. And for those of you who live in states that do not allow early voting then get there early be prepared to wait. Experts are predicting huge voter turnouts so don’t expect to get in and get out.
Don’t be lazy and not participate. You will likely regret it.
There really is no excuse not to vote.