5 Tips for Voters this Election Day
It’s November and Election Day is right around the corner. Here are several tips to help make voting go as smoothly as possible.
1. Make sure you are registered to vote and your address is correct
The deadlines for registration (in person, my mail, and online) have already passed. If you are currently registered but an incorrect address is attached to that registration, you may still be able to vote. Go online to https://www.scvotes.org/ to learn about Failsafe Voting and what other options you may have.
2. Confirm you have the correct photo ID to bring with you on Election Day
A list of valid forms of identification can be found online at https://www.scvotes.org/
3. Find your polling location
By figuring out ahead of time where you are voting you can determine the best route to take. This may help to minimize travel time and help to avoid high traffic areas. It should also help reduce any anxiety due to driving to an unknown location, and worse yet, arriving at the wrong location. Polling places are open from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Election Day.
4. View a Sample Ballot
Viewing your sample ballot in advance will help you prepare to make these important decisions. You can then see what local questions and initiatives are included on your ballot and research those as well as the candidates.
5. Plan to wait
Wouldn’t you rather be pleasantly surprised by short lines than stuck in long ones with nothing to occupy you? Bring a book or a magazine. Pack a snack and some water. Bring a small folding tripod stool so you can rest your back and legs. Coordinate with a friend or colleague so you have someone to chat with.
Hopefully everyone will exercise their right to vote this November 8, 2016. The proper preparations can help alleviate some stress and cause minimal interruption to your normal routine.