DemocracyWorks16 karma2020-10-24 17:08:44 UTC
Trump won the electoral college in 2016 because he won the popular vote in enough states to give him a majority of electoral votes overall. He won key swing states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania by just tens of thousands of votes, which shows how important even just a few votes can be! Still, if you live in a state that is unlikely to swing between the parties, it can be frustrating to vote in the presidential race. There are two things I would say to that: 1) it’s still worthwhile to cast your vote and have it be counted, even if it won’t be the deciding vote! The point of elections is not just to determine winners, but also to help us all better understand where our country is at. 2) as you say, local races are really important! These local races are more likely to have a direct impact on our lives, affecting everything from the taxes we pay and the services we receive to the regulations that control the quality of the air we breathe and food we eat. Plus, since local races are smaller, your vote is more likely to make a difference!
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DemocracyWorks14 karma2020-10-24 17:20:07 UTC
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DemocracyWorks14 karma2020-10-24 17:11:05 UTC
I personally don't have a ton of insight into the government side of ballot distribution. But as a voter, I know the feeling of being concerned about your ballot not arriving or being sent to the wrong place. If your ballot hasn't arrived yet, I recommend reaching out to your county clerk or local election official to learn about the status of your ballot. Some states actually have ballot tracking services available. Head to How To Vote to learn if your state offers ballot tracking and to learn how to get in touch with your election official. - Allie
DemocracyWorks9 karma2020-10-24 17:30:10 UTC
This is a tricky one! The rules are different in every state. You can normally vote in person if you have requested an absentee ballot, but in some states you need to bring your ballot with you in order to cast your vote. If you don’t have your mail ballot, you might have to vote provisionally. You can reach out to your local election official to double check what the rules are in your particular state. Head to Howto.Vote to learn how to get in touch with your local election official. - Allie
DemocracyWorks9 karma2020-10-24 17:22:44 UTC
I can totally see why this would be concerning, and I'm glad you're trying to figure out how to ensure voters are receiving good information about what's on their ballot. The Brennan Center recently shared an article about Digital Disinformation and Vote Suppression if you'd like to read more about the topic https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/digital-disinformation-and-vote-suppression
We're not legal counsel, so we're not able to give legal advice. However, you can reach out to The Election Protection Hotline (1-866-OUR-VOTE), who is a national, non-partisan coalition that works to provide “provides guidance, information and help to any American, regardless of his or her voting choices.” They can help you figure out legal concerns. You can also contact your local election official, and bring this to their attention. You can find that info at howto.vote -Nicole
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