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Register to Vote if not already!

By now, especially if you’re reading MY blog, you should be a registered voter so you can have your say on November 4th about whether this country continues to be governed on fear and division or whether we move into hope and inclusion. It’s up to you, but you have to be registered to vote first!

Many states, but not all require people to be registered at least 30 days before an election. So in Alaska and many other states, this means Sunday, October 5th. Take no chances. Register today. And I mean that no matter who you are supporting for President.

Two sites where you can learn your registration deadlines and register to vote are:

Declare Yourself

http://www.declareyourself.com/

“Declare Yourself is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign to empower and encourage every eligible 18-year-old in America to register and vote in the presidential primaries and 2008 presidential election. Using the power of strategic media partnerships, celebrity spokespeople, the sports arena, and most importantly, mobile and Internet technology, Declare Yourself’s campaign blankets the landscape of popular culture, as well as universities and high schools, with a simple, clear message: REGISTER and VOTE!”

Although aimed at 18 year olds, they’ll take anybody.

If you like your registration Democrat flavored, there is:

Vote for Change

http://www.voteforchange.com/, which is run by the Obama campaign. I like this site because in addition to registering, you can also verify whether you’re currently registered. This comes in handy if you haven’t voted for awhile. This site will also register anybody, not just Democrats.

However way you do it. Register. Then vote!

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4 Responses

  1. Actually Daniel, here in Alaska, at least, you don’t have to be pre-registered to vote the presidential race…or even an Alaskan resident. Here’s the instruction we precinct chairs just got from Division of Elections on this: “I also want to remind you anyone over 18—even someone from out of state—may vote a question ballot, and their presidential vote will count. This is the only time same-day registration is allowed. (We accomplish this from the info on the question ballot.) ”

    Of course it’s obviously better to be properly registered so you can vote the whole ballot, but for those who don’t manage to achieve that, there is this last-minute option.

    Also, anyone who’s away from their home precinct can still vote a question ballot (which simply asks for various forms of ID so your vote can be reconciled with your registration; the contents of your ballot retains secrecy) and vote the state and federal races, even though local races may not be available to you. This can be done at any precinct in the state.

    And for someone who ends up housebound or hospitalized on election day due to illness or injury, failure to vote absentee doesn’t mean they’ve lost their chance. The state offers take-away “Special Needs” ballots that can be picked up by a designated representative and must be returned to the precinct before the end of the voting day.

    So there are lots of ways that we Alaskans can cast our votes, and I join with you in encouraging all of them to do so, one way or another.

  2. Hey Savannah! Thanks for commenting. This is very good information and I’ll do my best to pass it along.

  3. Do you know what the federal law is that allows this?

  4. Hi Kathryn, Thanks for stopping by.

    Can you be more specific about your question? What specific aspect of registration/voting in my post or Savannah’s comment are you referring to?

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