VOTING 101: The Procrastinator’s Last-Minute Election Day Checklist

Election Day is upon us. A time for Americans to carry out their civic duty to choose their leaders at the federal, state, and local levels of government. This is could very well be the most crucial election in the history of America. That being said, here are some tips in regards to voting.

• Make sure you are registered to vote. If you are not registered, then you cannot vote. It is sad that there are people who are eligible to vote, but do not bother to register. So make you are registered, and be sure to do so before the deadline. I know this tip is after the fact since the deadline was last month for most places, but there might be some people out there who think they are registered, and then discover they are not when they show up to vote.

• Find out who is on the ballot and carefully review them. Make sure the person you are voting is someone with conservative values: limited government, fiscal responsibility, free markets, abiding by the Constitution (including the Second Amendment), pro-life, and a social conservative. They should also be someone with a firm commitment to national security and taking a stand against illegal immigration. It would help if they were not an environmentalist or someone in favor of legalizing drugs. Not caving into political correctness would also be a good quality. Being a right to work advocate is another desirable quality.

• Know which precinct you are in and where you vote at. There are people out there who do not bother to find out until the last minute, a mistake that could result in them not voting.

• Set a time for when you plan to vote, especially if you have to work on Election Day. Don’t wait until the last minute to go to the polling place, because you risk not being in line when the polls close at 6 PM (and thus not being allowed to vote). It is especially important to plan ahead if you have to work that day, i.e. your shift ends between 5-6 PM and the polling place is a good distance from your workplace. Most employers are flexible when it comes to scheduling people to work on Election Day, as well as encouraging their employees to vote, with the possible exception of a few bosses who are jerks.

• Vote. Voting is a privilege (and not a right, contrary to popular belief). It is also a civic duty, and one that should not be taken lightly.

So don’t forget to vote. And pray that the people of America choose leaders with conservative values. Freedom and the future of America (and the rest of the World for that matter) are at stake.

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About the author: Andrew Linn

Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to examiner.com and Right Impulse Media.

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