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As we approach Election Day this Tuesday, November 6, we'd like to take some time to reflect on how meaningful our constitutional right to vote has been in this country. From the very first presidential election in 1789, the American people have anxiously awaited to exercise their right to vote for a presidential candidate every four years. As the years passed we saw African-Americans fighting for their right to cast a ballot, and we watched as women took a stand for their right to vote and gain suffrage in 1920. As Americans, we view Election Day not only as a day to check off a box that indicates our candidate preference, but also as a day to choose our leaders and be a part of history. No matter which side of the aisle you're on, we want to encourage everyone to be active citizens and vote – whether it's your first time, or tenth time. Check out these helpful resources below for ways to be an informed voter, and how to further your citizenship activities after Election Day.

Local and State Election Resources

  • Vote Smart is a helpful resource for voters to understand the issues they are voting on in their respective districts. If you're looking for more information by state check out 866OurVote for a detailed report on early voting, when and where to vote and what to bring with you.
  • Ipl2 public service organization and information library offers a list of resources including state government election websites.
  • Not sure where you need to go to vote? Find your polling place, election information and more from the League of Women Voters
  • Google's new Politics & Elections Tool is probably the most comprehensive and easy to use site for election resources. Browse recent news, YouTube live updates, real-time trends and insights as well as the Campaign Explorer which tracks ad spending, fundraising and travel for both parties.
  • Want to find out each candidates stance on various issues? Presidential Election gives the full scope on each candidate’s views. The Commission on Presidential Debates houses debate information dating all the way back to the 1858 debate between president Abraham Lincoln and Senator Stephen Douglas; but you may be interested in reviewing debates from 2012 too.
  • Rock the Vote has an abundance of resources and tools geared toward young adults to get and keep them engaged even after the election. The League of Young Voters empowers young people nationwide to participate in the democratic process.

For members of the armed forces who are stationed out of the country and want to either request or check the status of an absentee ballot they have sent in, check out the Federal Voting Assistance Program's website.

Voting Tips

Check out these helpful sites for requesting absentee ballots, volunteering in the election process, contacting local officials and a checklist of what to bring with you on Election Day!

Check out these links for more information on the election process.

Go Social

  • The Ballot creates personalized badges to share on Facebook, Tumblr and Google+ to share and discuss your ballot with your friends.
  • Foursquare has a limited time I Voted app badge. Check in!

Exercise your right to vote and create change this Tuesday!

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