(Thanks to virginia21.org for this awesome guide!)
1. Explore your ballot!
Making a plan to vote helps you make more informed decisions.
If you’re on the fence, making a plan for election day can also help you work out who to cast your ballot for. Although elections are often hard to ignore, it’s easy to put off making a decision until the last minute. Deciding who to vote for while in the booth may work for some people, but making a plan to vote can help bring the election back to the forefront of your mind and help you to decide which candidate is the best choice for you.
2. Make a plan. Find your polling place, choose a time, and get reminded.
It can increase your likelihood of actually voting by about 4%.
Sometimes voting is viewed the same as going to the gym or keeping up with reading for every class—we know we should do it, but it just never really works out. Sometimes life happens and you get busy or even forget all together. However, making a plan of when, where, and how you’re going to make your way to the booth will help integrate voting into your day and make it easier for you to do your part.
3. Do you need a ride?
Uber is partnering with Democracy Works and #VoteTogether to provide promo codes for free rides to voters across the U.S. on Nov. 6. Riders will be able to look up their designated voting location by entering their home address into the app.
Go to “Uber Drives the Vote” here for instructions. Don’t have a smartphone? Have a friend schedule the ride on their phone.
Ridesharing competitor Lyft announced back in August it would also offer free and discounted rides to the polls on Nov. 6. Organizations including Vote.org and TurboVote will help distribute nationwide 50% off codes for the Lyft app. And Lyft will also provide free rides through nonpartisan, nonprofit partners such as Voto Latino to help members of underserved communities who historically have had a harder time getting to the polls.
3. Vote! Breeze through the voting booth by bringing your guide to the polls.
People are more likely to do something if they see others doing it. Making a plan to go vote with a friend can help keep them accountable and can help you to ensure that they have reliable transportation to their polling place. Studies have also shown that when a person is threatened with personal accountability, they’re more likely to vote.