Fun fact!  When the Haudenosaunee decided to end ongoing fighting between their five constituent nations, they:

  • Agreed to bury their weapons, or a single symbolic weapon, under the Tree of Peace—a large tree of the area—an ◼︎ eastern white pine  Pinus strobus.
  • Created the Iroquois Confederacy :
      a dem­o­crat­ic system of gov­ern­ment,
      with separate branches of gov­ern­ment,
      and balance of power.
    A system of government that worked so well that 250 years later, and ago, the newly-birthed 🇺🇸 USA borrowed this system for its form of gov­ern­ment, which it describes in its Constitution, later amended 27 times.  And needing some election reforms, which I list in Step 7 below.

Why vote? Step 1:  Register to vote

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

Step 5:  During the campaign, contact your neighbors Step 6:  Anytime, contact your elected officials Step 7:  For the future, electoral reform

Step 1:  Register to vote

Right now, today …

If you live in jurisdiction: and you wish to: then:
🇨🇦 Canada province Ontario ☑ Verify that I am Registered to vote See Elections Ontario.
Register to vote
🇺🇸 USA from 🌐︎ abroad See Can I Vote .org > scroll down > icon Overseas Voters.
🇺🇸 USA 50 states + DC ☑ Verify that I am Registered to vote • See Can I Vote .org > link or icon Voter Registration Status or Register to Vote or Election Official Directory > select your state and possible region.
• Or   Election Protection coalition > select your state or district > expand section Registering to vote.
• Or   I Will Vote > button Check if I'm registered to vote.
• Or   VOTE411 > box Check Your Voter Registration Status > select your state or district > etc.
• Or   Vote.org. > button Check your Registration or Register to Vote.
• Or go to your local city hall or township hall, or DMV or SoS office.
Register to vote
Registration deadline
Illinois ☑ Verify that I am Registered to vote • See Illinois Online Voter Registration website.
• Or go to your local city hall or township hall, or DMV office.
Register to vote
Registration deadline
Michigan ☑ Verify that I am Registered to vote Michigan Voter Information Center > navigate top-right or top Your voter information.
If your Voter Registration address does not match your Drivers License address, you must reregister to vote as in the row below!
I moved since my last Registration Michigan Voter Information Center > Update my information online > link update your voter registration address;  or by mail.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file
Register to vote online Michigan Voter Information Center > navigation link Register to Vote Online.
Register to vote ✉ by mail State of Michigan 📄︎ paper form.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file
Register to vote in-person • See the clerk just inside the front door of your local city hall or township hall Michigan Voter Information Center > link Who is my clerk? > section Search for your city/township clerk.
• Or at your local Michigan Secretary of State branch office.
If you want, you could 📝︎ pre-fill the State of Michigan 📄︎ paper form.  Adobe Acrobat Reader file
On Election Day, I hear you can do Instant Registration at your poling place.  See Step 2 below.

Step 3:  How to vote informed

To vote informed, in every race—including those down-ballot races:  Initiatives, judgeships and Drain Commissioner …

Take your 📄︎ sample ballot (from the previous step ) (📝︎ paper is better—if voting in-person, your 🛂︎ poll workers may have rules against using a 📱︎ phone in the voting booth),
and 📝︎ mark it up according to your values, and whatever information is available to you.

In the 🇺🇸 USA, this includes (here sorted by mixture of usefulness and alphabetical):

Now that you have your good summary, go through this information, and decide on your votes.

Don't be afraid to vote for the better professional — the candidate that will best do that job, serving the people, even if you don't agree with that candidate's stands on some issues.

Or vote for the centrist candidate — after the election, they will be easier to educate to your side.

Or vote for the lessor evil.  Until we get instant-runoff / preferential / ranked-choice voting RCV described below we may have to hold our noses, and vote for the least-offensive candidate.  Making us 👃︎🤏 clothespin voters!

Or vote for the woman, young person or non-traditional candidate!

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.

    — 🔊︎ Song Freewill by band Rush.  .   For full effect, select the video link button, then icons  fullscreen,  captions , ▶︎ Play, and ⏯︎ ☒ Skip Ads.

Step 5:  During the campaign, contact your neighbors

Talk to your neighbors!  Knock on doors for your favorite candidate!  Run yourself!  Or if introverted, …

photo showing We Believe yardsign, select to order If you believe:

then order signs like above or to right, and display in your yard.

If your yard signs get stolen by kids or thugs, 📱︎☎ call me, and I'll tell you how to reduce this greatly, restoring your constitutionally-protected free speech.  [Although in the 2020 General Election, this doesn't seem to be a problem.]

6.1  Talk to your public servants

On the local level, you can attend your meetings of your local City Council, Planning Commission and such.  At your first meeting, you will learn that the agenda is often on a chair or rack by the door, or you can get it ahead-of-time online.  After a few meetings, speak up during Call to the Public, even if only to say, "name, address, I agree with the other person who just spoke in favor of that."

Eventually, you will recognize your local officials, and be surprised how often you run into them at the local park or hardware store.  So have your elevator pitch ready on your favorite subjects, like "I think we need to add sparkle lights at this particular intersection — cars are not stopping for pedestrians!"

On a larger level, the contact info for some elected officials are at 🇺🇸 USA everywhere   Michigan.

Step 7:  For the future, electoral reform

7.2  [Straightforward]  Verifiable voting systems

If your jurisdiction votes with a system that does not provide:

then work to get your jurisdiction to get a system that does meet these criteria, for your very next election!

This will make sense if you have seen the movie Terminator …

Keep it Simple,
  Keep it Dumb,
Or else you'll end up
  under Skynet's Thumb.


    — Isaak Arthur video "Terrifying Aliens" at 15m51s, from 2020-10-29.

7.4  [Medium]  Nonpartisan blanket primary elections (jungle primaries)

If you:

then work to get your jurisdiction to adopt:

Some fine points:

Jungle primary elections (specifically, a top-four primary, combined with ranked-choice voting in the later general election) is (are) Solution 1 (and 2) in the Gehl-Porter election-reform trifecta, as listed in radio podcast Freakonomics episode 356 at 43m00s 🔊︎ audio

7.6  [Harder]  Instant-runoff / preferential / ranked-choice voting RCV

graphic showing Raked Choice Voting, select to read about RCV in Michigan If you:

then work to get your jurisdiction to adopt instant-runoff / preferential / ranked-choice voting RCV (at Yang2020.com) as used in Maine and 11 🇺🇸 USA cities, or maybe 2-4-11 states and 33 cities or counties in the 🇺🇸 USA, replacing the winner-takes-all / single-winner plurality / first-past-the-post electoral system currently existing in most of our States, with all of its flaws described above.

Ranked-Choice Voting RCV (combined with a top-four jungle primary ) is (are) Solution 2 (and 1) in the Gehl-Porter election-reform trifecta, as listed in radio podcast Freakonomics episode 356 at 43m00s 🔊︎ audio

Fair vote.

7.8  [Far Futures]


Watch the Isaak Arthur video Government Types of the Future, above or to left.  For full effect, select the video image, then icons  fullscreen,  captions , ▶︎ Play, and ⏯︎ ☒ Skip Ads.