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.

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This page will the resources to help you, with minimum work, VOTE:

Let's get started!

Step 2:  How to vote

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 > Enter Your Address
Where do I vote? VOTE411 > Enter Your Address > Poll Locator
How do I vote absentee? VOTE411 > Enter Your Address > Absentee Ballot
Print a sample ballot VOTE411 > Enter Your Address > section Links and Resources > next > link Sample Ballots (or Get personalized information on candidates and issues > Go to My Races) > print this — yes, it is legal to print a what is on your ballot, mark it up, and bring with you into the polling 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 > View Ballots > print this — yes, it is legal to print a what is on your ballot, mark it up, and bring with you into the polling booth!

Then take your sample ballot (paper is better — your poll workers may have rules against using a phone in the polling booth), and mark it up . . .

Step 4:  Vote!

Fold your marked-up sample ballot into your pocket.  Yes, it is legal to bring this paper into the polling booth with you — your poll workers may have rules against using a phone in the polling booth.

Bring your government-issued picture-ID, or be prepared for poll workers to make you a provisional ballot (hold-them to it — it is your right to vote in this manner).

Vote when and where you found out above.

When you get into the ballot booth, unfold your marked-up sample ballot to cast your ballot quickly and accurately.  Including all those down-ballot races:  Initiatives, judgeships and Drain Commissioner!

If any trouble at the polls, ACLU series Know Your Rights Voter Intimidation printable card (.pdf) says to call the ACLU Election Protection Hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
( ACLU Michigan Know Your Voting Rights printable card (.pdf page 2). )

After you vote:

Step 6:  Futures

If you:

then push for an end to gerrymandering (Michigan Radio story) (Michigan organization Voters Not Politicians).

If you:

then push for using 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.