How to register to vote, even if you’d rather hide under a rock until this election’s over
Monday night saw the first debate of the general election, and some pretty fundamental differences between candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were certainly amplified on stage. That being said, if either of their performances have moved you to want to rock the vote, or you’ve just decided to vote locally and ignore the presidential election, here’s how to register to vote.
Thanks to modern technology, the internet, and the power and prevalence of social media, it’s really not that hard, so no excuses, people. It’s 2016 and the hardest thing about registering to vote is quite literally choosing which website you want to register through, because there’s no shortage.
You could start by sending a direct message to the official @Gov Twitter account with your zip code and in turn receive the deadline to register in your state, along with a link to where you can conveniently register online by offering your name, address, and some identification information. Not a Twitter user? No problem — someone else has you covered. You could also register to vote through Instagram, Uber, Facebook, and Snapchat, or, you know, you could just hit up www.vote.gov, the old-fashioned way. You can also register via Rock the Vote, here.
Mashable reports that starting Tuesday, which happened to be National Voter Registration Day, Instagram will send users who are 18 and older sponsored posts on their newsfeeds with links that will redirect users to vote.usa.gov, where they can register online, through Sept. 30. Similarly, Snapchat ads will direct interested users toward links to register to vote online.
Uber users were sent emails on Tuesday with Google’s “how to vote” tool, and you could literally register to vote during the span of a car ride.
Your vote matters — it might not command the outcome of the election, but hundreds of thousands of people set on thinking their vote won’t make a difference certainly will.
Read up on all the different ballot measures your state is voting on, research your potential future senators and vote accordingly, and look long and hard at your choices for president and think about the direction you want America to go in, the SCOTUS justices you’d like to see on the bench these next few decades, and seize on your rights as a citizen in our democratic nation. Voting is empowering and important, and even if you go on to change your mind, registering to vote, now, certainly won’t hurt.