• Please Note: This blog post was written by our intern Cristine Lovato

    Since the 2000 Presidential Election, I have been anxiously waiting to get the opportunity to vote. I went as far as creating a mock election ballot for my elementary school for the 2004 Presidential Election so I could feel like I was contributing to the election in some way.  The 2008 election was the most frustrating for me; I was four months too young to be eligible to vote in California. I knew I would have to wait another four years.

  • As a child, I heard countless times “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the way the country is going,” as my parents spoke to the television when a talking head was espousing some negative view or to a family member who hadn’t taken the time to fulfill their democratic duty. Being an avid complainer in my youth (and, let’s be honest, to this day), my parents’ voting tagline was a sound argument to me. If you want to complain about the problems, you have to first do your part. You have to be a part of the solution, and that solution is speaking up and voting.

  • I remember playing during recess - we divided into two teams – I was, on the team representing George McGovern and Jerry’s team represented Richard Nixon – it was a game of “war” and to be honest I don’t really remember who ended up winning the game but I certainly remember who won the election.  

  • Exactly one week before Election Day 2012, I cast my ballot at recreation center near my home. I got my sticker which says "I am proud to be a Georgia Voter." That has always been true ever since I cast my first Georgia vote at a firehouse near Emory University.

  • Election Day is next Tuesday, November 6th.  With just a few days between now and then it’s time to start making plans for the big day. We hope you’re already planning to vote on November 6th, but do you know where to go to cast your ballot?

    Go to VOTE411.org, enter your address, and find your polling place. 

  • In reviewing states (CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, VT, VA and WV) that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy we found that most states have not changed their voting procedures. However, some states that were hardest hit have extended hours for registration and early voting.

    Below is a list of changes as of this morning October 31, 2012 –

  • Editorial Note: This blog post was originally published on my Huffington Post blog

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