I am an expert on the different ways that Americans can vote in the United States. Today is National Absentee Ballot Day. AMA about how people vote, the strangest myths around voting, or about your rights at the polls.
I’m Michaela Bethune, Head of Campaigns at DoSomething.org, the largest tech not-for-profit exclusively dedicated to young people, social change, and civic action. I just did an AMA a few weeks ago for National Voter Registration Day and I’m excited to be back to answer more of your questions about the American voting system on another holiday related to voting.
Much like voter registration, we’ve done so much prep work to ensure that the millions of registered young people turn out to vote this fall. In creating the best campaigns to help people find polling places, request absentee ballots, and make plans for how they plan to vote, I’ve become adept in the best practices and research around getting out the vote.
Today is National Absentee Ballot Day! On this inaugural year of the holiday, we’re celebrating the millions of voters who make their voice heard by absentee ballot. Not many know that there is a sizable portion of voters who vote before Election Day. In 2016, 40% of all ballots were cast early and in 16 states, early voting made up more than 50% of all votes cast.
Wondering what state tried to ban early voting on college campuses? Have logistical questions about how you can vote early? Or the impact that absentee voting has on elections? Or even wondering which states outlaw liquor sales on Election Day? Ask Me Anything about early voting, voter suppression, rights at the polls, or any other topic you think of!
While you’re waiting for an answer, take 2 minutes and make sure you’re registered to vote and that your address is up to date by heading to vote.dosomething.org. And if you plan on voting absentee, it’s not too late to request your absentee ballot at vote.dosomething.org/request.