One benefit and responsibility of United States Citizenship is the right to vote in national and local elections.
The Presidential election is rapidly approaching. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020, but we encourage you to vote early. Early voting began October 14 and continues through October 29, 2020. Early voting allows more flexibility in time and may be less crowded (helpful during a pandemic).
Our national and local elections shape your policy. Immigration policy, from length of affirmative filing processes to deportation hearings, are impacted by elections. When you vote, please consider issues that are important to you, and are present long after Election Day.
Election day is Nov. 3
Online: Oct. 5
By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 5
In person: Oct. 5
Absentee ballot deadlines
Request: Received by Oct. 27
Return by mail: Received by Nov. 3 by close of polls
Oct. 14 – Oct. 29, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live
Ballots, Rules and Polling Locations:
National Website: votesaveamerica.com
For more information on each state’s rules and ballots. You will also have the ability to “build-your-own ballot” (choosing eligible candidates who fit with your beliefs) for each listed contest. Note: This website has a Liberal bent, but the information on ballots and rules is accurate and non-partisan.
Local Website: shelbyvote.com
This is a great resource for Shelby County, TN voters to see polling locations and hours. You can also review the ballot before you vote.
- You can volunteer your time. Some great ways to do so are to serve as a poll worker, help other people safely get to the polls, or volunteer for a campaign that speaks to you. You can be a poll watcher, or you can use your specific training to help your local election committee.
Note: Non-U.S. Citizens can volunteer their time!
- You can donate money to a campaign. Be sure to follow campaign finance laws.
- Please share your ways to participate in the democratic process below.
Virginia’s voting experience:
I am a proud voter, and I take my rights and responsibilities as a U.S. Citizen seriously.
I come from a line of poll workers as well. A few years ago, I trained as a poll worker in honor of my grandmother, who was unable to serve that election. The pride I saw in her eyes warmed my heart and has stayed with me. Serving as a poll worker is hard work, but I enjoyed sharing that privilege with my fellow citizens. As a woman, I know that people who look like me have not always been able to vote in this country, and I do not take my right for granted.
This year, I was able to vote early in person. I was so impressed by the heightened protective procedures at the election facility. From clear dividers, to souvenir pens, to wooden styli, and younger poll workers in addition to wonderful veteran workers, it was clear that everyone was appreciating the importance of this election. When you realize how important your vote and voting experience is to these poll workers, it adds to the pride you feel in casting your vote.
Thank you to the poll workers of Glenview Community Center in Memphis for your energy, efficiency, and care!