Take A Stand for Mental Health and Addiction This November!
Voting is one of our most important rights as American citizens. When we vote, our government begins to reflect the values of our community. If we truly want to change the way America cares for people living with mental illness and addiction, then we need to make our voices heard this November!
Did you know that people who sit down and make a plan to vote are more likely to follow through? Take five minutes right now to sit down with your friends and family to go through Vote 411‘s voter checklist and make sure everyone is ready to cast their ballot this year!
Below you will find resources and information that will help you develop your plan to vote and help others do the same.
Check your voter registration
If you haven’t already, make sure all of your voter registration information is current and up-to-date.
Get started by visiting our voter resource page.
Confirm your polling location
Some polling locations may have been moved due to precautions taken against COVID-19. Find out where you can vote on election day by entering your address here.
You should also look into early and absentee voting options offered in your state. Visit When We All Vote’s voter resource hub to learn more.
Learn about the people and issues on your ballot
Take some time to explore where the candidates stand on the issues you care about most. The Mental Health for US presidential candidate surveys are a good place to start.
You can also visit Vote 411’s voter guide for more information.
Check your state’s voter ID laws
This step is especially important for students who go to a school outside of their home state. Some states require you bring an official state ID to vote.
See if the state you plan on voting in requires identification here.
Voting is an important constitutional right! Whether you plan on voting in person or voting by mail, make your voice heard on November 3!
Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness and pledge to #Vote4MentalHealth this November.
Planning on voting in person? Here are some tips to stay safe and healthy
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way many of us will head to the polls this year. If you’ve opted to not receive a mail-in ballot or if they are unavailable in your state, it’s still important to exercise your constitutional rights!
Here are some simple tips to make sure you’re protecting yourself and others when you go to the polls:
- Wear a face covering when going to vote and consider wearing gloves when using voting equipment. Your face covering should cover both your mouth and nose.
- Try to stay at least six feet from other voters waiting at your polling location.
- While they may be provided at your location, consider bringing your own pen and hand sanitizer to use.
- Wipe down any polling equipment you use before and after you use it with anti-bacterial wipes.
- Try to vote at a time of day when your precinct is less likely to be crowded. This is often early morning or mid-afternoon.
Find other helpful tips from VOTO Latino.