Why vote? Step 1:  Register to vote

Step 2:  How to vote Step 3:  Vote informed
Step 4:  VOTE!

Step 5:  During the campaign, contact your neighbors Step 6:  Anytime, contact your elected officials Step 7:  Futures

Why vote?

Many elections are won or lost by less than one or two percent;  some by only a few tens or hundreds of votes.  It happens every election cycle.  When we vote, we do make a difference.

You 👥︎ Generation-Y and Generation-Z young people have more at stake than us geezers.  We boomers will help you while we can, but after we are gone, the future is up to you.

If you are Gen-Y, Gen-Z, or a cool Boomer who understands urban symbology, image from Eminem video Mosh, select to view explicit video please see Eminem explicit video Mosh above or to right, with support by the lyrics version.   For full effect, select the video image or link button, then icons  fullscreen,  captions , ▶︎ Play, and ⏯︎ ☒ Skip Ads.

All audiences can watch the second (lower) video above or at right.

This page provides some resources, to help you, with minimum work, VOTE:

If you think you might run into 🛂︎ trouble while voting, there are remedies.  Please review and 📄︎ print information in the 🛂︎ trouble section below.

Women weren't given the right to vote— they fought for it!   Remember that as your next election nears.

Let's get started!  Although, this year, in some jurisdictions, this information is changing rapidly …

Step 2:  How to vote

📅︎ A month before you vote, or now if you don't know when that might be, …

If you live in jurisdiction: and you wish to: then:
🇨🇦 Canada province Ontario When, where and how do I vote? See Elections Ontario > navigate Voting, and optional navigate Accessible Voting.
Accessible voting methods
🇺🇸 USA 50 states + DC When is the next election? See Election Protection coalition > select your state > scroll down a bit.
Or VOTE411 > fill out section Personalized Voting Information > button Submit.
Where do I vote? See VOTE411 > fill out section Personalized Voting Information > button Submit.
How do I vote early or by mail (mail-in) or absen­tee? See VOTE411 > fill out section Personalized Voting Information > button Submit > link Absentee Ballot.
Or Election Protection coalition > select your state > expand section Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot.
📄︎ Print a sample ballot See I Will Vote > button Check if I'm registered to vote > fill it out and keep going—details will depend on your state.

Then 📄︎ print this—yes, it is legal to print what is on your ballot, 📝︎ mark it up, and bring with you into the voting booth!
California each of these questions Five weeks before the election, you should be mailed a 📄︎ booklet containing all this information, including a printed sample ballot, and a tear-off postcard to request an absentee ballot!
Illinois When is the next election? See Illinois State Board of Elections > banner at top or right, or under section Upcoming Events.
Where do I vote? Illinois State Board of Elections > navigate Information For Voters.
Or go to your local city hall or township hall, or DMV office.
How do I vote early or by mail (mail-in) or absen­tee?
📄︎ Print a sample ballot
Michigan When is the next election? Michigan Voter Information Center > show you are you.
Where do I vote?
How do I vote early or by mail (mail-in) or absen­tee? Starting in 2020, about 2 months before each election, you should receive information and an absentee ballot application in your mail, at your Registered address.  If that doesn't work:
See VOTE411 > navigation link Early Voting or Absentee Ballot Process.
Or Michigan Voter Information Center > navigation link Absentee Voting.  Might as well choose version Fillable, Spanish/​Español or Large Print.
  Starting in 2020, you should now here also be able to track the status of your absentee ballot application.
Or go to the clerk just inside the front door of your local city hall or township hall Michigan Voter Information Center > navigation link Your Clerk > section Search By Your Address.
📄︎ Print a sample ballot If at above webpage > link View Your Sample Ballot.
Or Michigan Voter Information Center > navigation link View Ballots by Precinct.
Or (state-wide issues only) easy one-page Michigan 2018 sample ballot.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file (page 40)

Then 📄︎ print this—yes, it is legal to print what is on your ballot, 📝︎ mark it up, and bring with you into the voting booth!
What is the status of my absentee ballot application?

Did they receive my vote?
NEW, according to press, starting in 2020 …  Need to verify!
If at above webpage, should be listed there.
Or Michigan Voter Information Center > show you are you.

While you are printing stuff, if you think you might run into 🛂︎ trouble while voting, please 📄︎ print anything you might need from the 🛂︎ trouble section below.

As it gets closer to time to vote, you will use your sample ballot to …

Step 4:  ☑ Vote!

Vote when, where and how you found out back in Step 2.

If voting in person, on that day, …

If any 🛂︎ trouble while voting, in the 🇺🇸 USA, contact the:

  — 🇺🇸 ACLU series Know Your Rights Voter Intimidation
      ( Michigan ACLU Know Your Voting Rights in English, en Español, in Arabic  بالعربية ).

If you see something, say something!

If you expect 🛂︎ police contact, what to do with your electronics.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file (page 19)

After you vote:

Step 6:  Anytime, contact your elected officials

🚧 Under construction

In our polarized safe-seat gerrymandered culture-war world, I am not so sure contacting our elected officials does as much good as it did before.  Maybe at the local level it does.  Local meetings were great.  As are chance encounters at the hardware store—have your elevator pitch ready.

Until ⟰ education or demographic-shifts resolve our culture-war, some contact info:  🇺🇸 USA 50 states + DC   Michigan.

[Immediate]:  Social Justice

If you:

then:

[Hard]:  Gerrymandering

If you:

then support an end to gerrymandering "Geometry versus Gerrymandering."  Scientific American.  . (Michigan Radio story) (Michigan organization Voters Not Politicians).

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[Hardest]:  Align political boundaries with watersheds

If you:

then work to align political boundaries with watershed boundaries.

For example, using 🇺🇸 USA EPA map on ArcGIS > icon with four squares Select a Basemap > map USGS National Map, I would live in the neighborhood of Little Carl Creek, county/​parish/​borough/​municipio of Lower Grand, and state or nation of Lawrencia.