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Want Your Absentee Vote To Count? Don't Make These Mistakes
About 1 in 5 voters now mails in his ballot. But many ballots are rejected because they arrive late, the voter forgets to sign the form or the signature does not match the one on record.

Those mistakes are often easy to avoid. Here are some:

  • The voter forgets to sign the ballot envelope, as required.
  • The voter sends the envelope back, but forgets to include the ballot.
  • The voter uses the wrong envelope.
  • The voter already voted in person.
  • The voter’s signature on the ballot envelope doesn’t match the one on file.

How not to vote in early America,

Today in the United States it seems there is an emphasis on “getting out the vote”, with the idea that voting is not only an American right but an American duty.  Complaints abound that American voter turnout is dismally poor, among the lowest rates of developed nations.  Several programs and campaigns have been created to convince non voters, especially younger adults, to go to the polls and vote.  Even governments had taken steps to ease the difficulties of voting, such as early voting programs and absentee ballots.  While we may think voter turnout numbers are dismal today, in early American history voting rates were especially bad. With America’s first national presidential election (1789), less than 1.3% of the population voted.  In the presidential election of 1792, .88% of the population voted, less than one percent! In the presidential election of 1796 between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, around 2.2% of the population voted.  From 1789 up to the 1820’s and 30’s, this trend continued, with small percentages of the population, often single digits, turning at the polls to vote.

So what accounted for such low voter turnouts?  Of course late 18th century transportation may account for some numbers, as many citizens could not travel to a polling place, however there were larger reasons at work. The fact of the matter was that while America was founded on the ideals of liberty and freedom, universal voting rights was not a part of that freedom, and the vast majority of Americans could not legally vote.  Today voting is a basic right taken for granted, however in the late 18th and early 19th century, voting was a privilege reserved only for an elite few.

When the Constitution was ratified in 1787, it made no mention of voting, none whatsoever.  The rules of voting, determining who can vote, who can’t, and how voting was to be conducted was to be determined by the individual states.  Each state could determine voting regulations as they saw fit.  In addition, the US Constitution and Bill of Rights was only to be respected by the Federal Government.  Individual states did not have to respect the Constitution, it was a free for all where states could establish their own state religions, limit free speech or the press despite the 1st Amendment, could have legal slavery despite several provisions in the Constitution confirming freedom for all, and create their own regulations defining who was and wasn’t a citizen.  It wouldn’t be until the adoption of the 14th Amendment in 1868 that US Citizenship was officially defined, and all states were forced to recognize the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  The implication of this system was that many states set severe restrictions on voting which limited the voting population to an elite few.  While each state had its own regulations, there were many that were in common, most of which survived from earlier colonial voting regulations.  So in early America could vote?  Who couldn’t vote?

The largest group of people who couldn’t vote were women.  So right off the bat, at least 50% of the US population was disqualified from voting.  In most states only men had the right to vote.  The only exception was New Jersey, which defined all voting citizens as male or female, and believe it or not women commonly voted in New Jersey at the time.  Unfortunately, women’s suffrage was brought to a screeching halt in 1807 when a law was passed banning women from voting in New Jersey.  Over the decades some states would allow women to vote, especially western states such as Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Idaho.  National women’s suffrage would not occur until the ratification of 19th Amendment in 1920.

Another gaping maw in America’s early voting population were minorities.  First and foremost, slaves could not vote.  Free black men could only vote in a few states, such as New York.  However, the vast majority of African Americans could not vote whether slave or free.  Nor could Native American’s.  Religion could also disqualify a prospective voter, as many states had religious requirements that barred certain groups such as Jews, Catholics, Quakers, non-Christians, and other non-Protestant Christian sects. It would take a Civil War to bring about 15th Amendment (1869), which prohibits the denial of the right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude.  A century later the Voting Rights Act of 1965 would prohibit discrimination in voting.

So while women and minorities couldn’t vote, what about white men?  Again most white males couldn’t vote.  First there was an age restriction.  Back then one had to be at least 21 to vote, today thanks to the 26th Amendment (1971), it is now down to 18.  There is even talk of lowering it to 16.  While this weeded out a few prospective voters, by far the regulation that prohibited most white males from voting were property requirements.  For centuries in colonial, English, and European tradition, owning a minimum amount of property or wealth was a requirement for citizenship.  The idea behind this was that the most enthusiastic citizens were those who had the largest economic stake in the country.  During America’s colonial era this tradition passed on, until eventually most states adopted property requirements for voting as well.  Generally, the requirement stood at either 50 acres of land or its equivalent value in wealth.   A very strict regulation, such property requirements ensured that only upper class, and perhaps upper middle class men could vote.  Property requirements would be in effect with many states in the late 18th and early 19th century.  After the War of 1812 some states began to drop property requirements.  Then in the 1820’s and 30’s the election of Andrew Jackson as president sounded a death knell for property requirements.  Jackson advocated a system of popular suffrage, a part of “Jacksonian Democracy”, and many Jacksonian Democrats rewrote state constitutions and laws to do away with property requirements. It wouldn’t be until the late 1820’s and 1830’s when a sizable percentage of the population could vote.  As a result of Jacksonian Democracy, by the Civil War most white men over the age of 21 could vote.  Some states would try a backdoor route to prevent poor whites from voting by instituting poll taxes, or poll fees.  Later, this method would also be used to prevent poor blacks from voting as well.  Poll taxes would be outlawed with the 24th Amendment in 1964.

So in early America, say between 1788 and 1830, who were the elite few who had the inalienable right to vote?  White men 21 and over who were wealthy and Protestant.  If you don’t fit into that category, go home! No voting for you!

Vote

I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that I don’t care who you vote for, because let’s be real, I do care. But I care more that you go out and vote. Not just for president but for every single down ballot race and referendum and measure that you get to vote for. 

You know why I care that you vote? Because there’s more to voting than just who you check off for the presidency. Following every election, every party hires a team of people to take into account not just who won but who lost and why. Was it close or was it a sweep? Did young people vote more for one than the other? Did people vote against their party or did they come out and vote with them? Split tickets, write-in votes, absentees.  It all matters. It’s all data that then each side takes into account to make their positions stronger and better and more relevant to YOU. 

Everyone wants your vote–make them actually work for it each and every time.  And the only way they can take all of that into account and try to make a better country is if you go out and vote. 

How to vote absentee and make sure your vote is counted

It would be a huge bummer to sit out of the democratic process because of a little mistake. Every year, millions of people in the United States cast their votes by mail using an absentee ballot. And every year, a good fraction of those votes go uncounted due to a few simple errors on the voter’s part.

My second kid was born on Nov. 2, 2008 (don’t worry, I voted absentee beforehand). My husband was laid off on Nov. 3. The economy was tanking, no one was hiring, everything was horrible. The next day, we watched Obama be elected with a newborn and a two-year-old, not knowing how we were going to support them, and feeling scared and hopeful. A few months later, we were one of the families that benefited from the stimulus package; he has worked in the healthcare records industry ever since.

I will forever be grateful to Obama, for that, and for so many other reasons.

lmao re that last post im checking it out and a trump supporting is yelling at them but like his arguments are falling apart and a girl is calling him out and asked him who he voted for and he said he didnt 

and she asked why and he was away but she was away too and voted by absentee ballot and called him out for either lying or not voting and he was like “but i was too far away”

and now hes trying to say that shes yelling and making a fight but she was calm and talking calmly and evenly and hes yelling lmao

Hello I love you and I know it’s annoying to constantly hear about having to vote but
I just wanted to remind those of you at college/away from home or who will be working on voting day: you can vote absentee or vote early! you will need to fill out a form but it means you don’t need to be physically present at the booths! This is also helpful if you hate lines or crowds. Okay thank you have a nice day!!

normally i would say that if you live in a state that will for sure vote democrat/republican no matter what, then you can get away with voting third party, but this presidential race is fucking insane. some states like arizona and georgia that are usually guaranteed red states are only leaning republican. you need to vote for hillary clinton. please just fucking do it. vote absentee and decry the flawed two party system the entire time ur filling out the ballot. idc. idc if she offends your delicate sensibilities as a voter and doesn’t ~inspire you~ and give you the warm fuzzies lmao i don’t even like her but donald trump is literally the worst and if he gets elected by just a few electoral votes bc 20% of you fuckheads voted johnson or stein instead of clinton, someone who supports like 70% of the same shit that you do, im going to lose my goddamn mind. if you put your need to feel “””inspired””” over the lives and wellbeing of immigrants, people of color, women, lgbt people, disabled people, poor people, or any marginalized group that trump has promised to attack, you aren’t progressive. you aren’t sticking it to the DNC. they’re all millionaires who literally will not be affected by trump’s policies at all. you are, however, saying that you would rather fuck over marginalized groups than have to hold your nose for three fucking seconds and vote, and you might as well just personally hand-deliver your vote to trump if you’re gonna be like that. don’t fucking call yourselves progressive. you’re selfish, privileged babies who prioritize ideas over actual human beings. 

I made a bunch of videos discussing how to register, vote absentee, get a sample ballot, find your polling place, and vote in each of the 50 states. Each of them is around 2 minutes long and they have all the information that you (and everyone else) needs to get make their voice heard on November 8th. Please spread so those who are voting for the first time can have an easy resource to figure out exactly how to do it!

STATES
AlabamaAlaskaArizona  - Arkansas  - California  - Colorado  - ConnecticutDelaware  - FloridaGeorgiaHawaii  - Idaho  - Illinois  - Indiana  - Iowa  - Kansas -  Kentucky -  Louisiana  - Maine  - Maryland -  Massachusetts  - Michigan  - MinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming 

OTHER
Washington DCUnincoporated Territories - Military and Overseas

hey american college students planning to vote absentee in your home state while at school: if you haven’t applied for an absentee ballot do so immediately.

if you’re receiving a ballot by mail, it will take time to get to you. additionally, your home state’s absentee voting regulations may have changed – which means you might realize that you need to register to vote in the state you’re going to school in instead! the majority of states require you to register to vote by october 11th, so make sure you have time!

sincerely,
an idiot who didn’t realize her state’s absentee voting regulations had changed

voter registration deadlines
  • Alabama 10/24/2016
  • Alaska 10/9/2016
  • Arizona 10/10/2016
  • Arkansas 10/10/2016
  • California 10/24/2016
  • Colorado 10/17/2016
  • Connecticut 11/1/2016
  • Delaware 10/15/2016
  • District of Columbia 10/11/2016
  • Florida 10/11/2016
  • Georgia 10/11/2016
  • Hawaii 10/10/2016
  • Idaho 10/14/2016
  • Illinois 10/11/2016
  • Indiana 10/11/2016
  • Iowa 10/29/2016
  • Kansas 10/14/2016
  • Kentucky 10/11/2016
  • Louisiana 10/11/2016
  • Maine 10/18/2016
  • Maryland 10/18/2016
  • Massachusetts 10/19/2016
  • Michigan 10/11/2016
  • Minnesota 10/18/2016
  • Mississippi 10/8/2016
  • Missouri 10/12/2016
  • Montana 10/11/2016
  • Nebraska 10/21/2016 
  • Nevada 10/8/2016
  • New Hampshire 10/29/2016
  • New Jersey 10/18/2016
  • New Mexico 10/11/2016
  • New York 10/14/2016
  • North Carolina 10/14/2016
  • North Dakota - No voter registration
  • Ohio 10/11/2016
  • Oklahoma 10/14/2016
  • Oregon 10/18/2016
  • Pennsylvania 10/11/2016
  • Rhode Island 10/9/2016
  • South Carolina 10/8/2016
  • South Dakota 10/24/2016
  • Tennessee 10/11/2016
  • Texas 10/11/2016
  • Utah 10/11/2016
  • Vermont 11/2/2016
  • Virginia 10/17/2016
  • Washington 10/10/2016
  • West Virginia 10/18/2016
  • Wisconsin 10/19/2016
  • Wyoming 10/24/2016

everything you need to know about voting: including how to vote early in 37 states and how to vote absentee

ALMOST 5 MILLION ELIGIBLE VOTES DELETED

1. Your Photo ID address doesn’t match your Voter Registration address - most common with the younger voters.

2. Require Proof of Citizenship (additional document)

3. Prohibit Same-Day Voter Registration

4. Greatly reduce the time for Early & Absentee Voting

and get real with yourself, (especially you stoners)  if you don’t want to wake up hours early on a cold NOVEMBER 8th morning to stand in line before or after work/school

 … THEN really pay attention to those Early & Absentee Voting rules in your state. 

anonymous asked:

Thanks for these reminders! I'd forgotten that I haven't registered yet. Also I'm an Alabama resident but currently am in a different state for college, do you know if Alabama has absentee voting for primaries? Or where I could check that?

Voteforbernie.org gives some details on what out of state college students can do in terms of the Alabama Primary and you can get more information from the Alabama elections dept. right HERE!

I’ve said it before, but I’ve seen posts about it being hard/inconvenient for some people to get to the polls on election day, so I’m gonna say it again:

If you need any help registering to vote, or learning how to vote (in person or absentee if you tend to be working or otherwise unable to get to the polls on election day), please just ask.

Seriously, all you have to do is send me a message. I’ve literally got nothing better to do than to help you. I’ll find the answer for your state/county and help you in any way I can. I’ll answer privately – nobody else on tumblr has to know that you asked for help.

Voting is extremely important. I don’t care what side of the political spectrum you’re on (I know I tend to be very vocal about my positions, but you could flat out tell me that you want to vote for Trump and I’ll still help you because your right to vote is no less important than mine).

And if it’s too late for you to get registered or get an absentee ballot for your primary, that’s OK. You can take care of it now so that when the November election comes around, you’ll be ready and not have to scramble to get it done before the deadline (which varies by state).