Why vote? Step 1:  Register to vote

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

Step 5:  Contact your elected officials Step 6:  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 really, the future is up to you.

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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!

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? Elections Ontario > Voting in Ontario
Accessible voting methods
🇺🇸 USA 50 states + DC When is the next election? VOTE411 > fill out section Enter Your Address > Enter
Where do I vote? VOTE411 > fill out section Enter Your Address > Enter
How do I vote absentee? VOTE411 > fill out section Enter Your Address > Enter > Absentee Ballot
📄︎ Print a sample ballot VOTE411 > fill out section Enter Your Address > Enter > section Links and Resources > link Sample Ballots (if needed, use link next)
Then 📄︎ print this—yes, it is legal to print a 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? Illinois State Board of Elections—banner at top
Where do I vote? Illinois Online Voter Registration Website
or go to your local city or township hall, or DMV office.
How do I vote absentee?
📄︎ Print a sample ballot
Michigan When is the next election? State of Michigan Voter Information Center > Your Voter Information
Where do I vote?
How do I vote absentee? See the clerk just inside the front door of your local city hall or township hall State of Michigan Voter Information Center > Find Your Clerk
or State of Michigan Voter Information Center > Absentee Voting.
📄︎ Print a sample ballot If at above webpage > link View Your Sample Ballot.
Or State of Michigan Voter Information Center. > do not select button Try our mobile friendly site > enter your identifying information > button Search > do not select button Try our mobile friendly site > link View Your Sample Ballot.
Or easy one-page Michigan 2018 sample ballot with state-wide issues only (.pdf page 40).

Then 📄︎ print this—yes, it is legal to print a what is on your ballot, 📝︎ mark it up, and bring with you into the voting booth!

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!

If voting in person, on that day, …

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

  — 🇺🇸 ACLU series Know Your Rights Voter Intimidation 📄︎ printable card (.pdf)
      ( Michigan ACLU Know Your Voting Rights in English 📄︎ [.pdf] en Español 📄︎ [.pdf] in Arabic 📄︎ [.pdf]  بالعربية ).

If you see something, say something!

If you expect 🛂︎ police contact, what to do with your electronics (.pdf page 19).

After you vote:

Step 6:  Futures

If you:

then support Automatic Voter Registration AVG, and same-day voter registration SDR (aka Election Day voter registration EDR).

If you:

then support an end to gerrymandering "Geometry versus Gerrymandering."  Scientific American.  November 2018. (Michigan Radio story) (Michigan organization Voters Not Politicians).

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

then support instant-runoff / preferential / ranked-choice voting RCV as used in Maine and 11 US cities,
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.

If you:

then work to align political boundaries with watershed boundaries.   For example, I would live in the neighborhood of Little Carl Creek, county of Lower Grand, and state or nation of Lawrencia.