So You Want to Vote?

So today is Super Tuesday.

In the United States, Super Tuesday, in general, refers informally to one or more Tuesdays early in a United States presidential primary season when the greatest number of states hold primary elections. The Tuesday is in either February or March of a presidential election year. In 2016, Super Tuesday is on March 1. More delegates to United States presidential nominating conventions can be won on Super Tuesday than on any other single day of the primary calendar. Candidates seeking the presidency traditionally must do well on this day to secure their party’s nomination. – Wikipedia

Right now the world of American politics is a hot mess.

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Social media is a hot bed of opinions, too. I remember working the 2008 Election for MySpace. It was basically the first one with social media and it was amazing and hopeful. In 2012, it felt more mature. This year, it’s just a ton of fuckery.

Don’t let the donkey and elephant circus dissuade you from voting though. Here are some sites to look into for more information about casting your vote.

Rock the Vote – For young voters or first timers, this is where to start. Established in 1990 and partnered with MTV, Rock the Vote engaged young people with their celebrity and musical peers. They have also provided direction for volunteers to become more involved in the whole voting and registration process. Something that had previously been more focused on older demographics before Rock the Vote came into existence.

Long Distance Voter – The place to go to for all information about absentee voting. I worked with the founder, Debra Cleaver, years ago and have followed LDV from its humble beginnings to the absolute powerhouse it has become for information on, well, long distance voting. It’s a simple concept that I think more and more people should take advantage of. Convenience at the cost of a stamp or two. You have no excuses NOT to vote when a resource like this is around.

Overseas Vote – Primarily for expats and people travelling during an election. Is it strange to live in another country for a while and know that the future of yours can still be decided on with your votes? Nope. That’s the beauty of our democracy. It’s even better now with the internet able to give you real time coverage and the ability to keep in touch with what is going on in your home jurisdiction. I mean, that’s a little awesome, right?

Are you a voter? Tell me below or on Twitter @cherylfornia

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