Places You Can VOTE

By e.b.b. for Boston Compass (#128)

October 12, 2020

Let’s cut to the chase--if you are able to, it is absolutely vital that you vote this year, ideally early. Unless you’ve been in a decade-long coma, I hope I don’t have to tell you all of the reasons why this election cycle is different than others. As far as voting rights go, the odds are stacked against the will of the people and these obstacles have become increasingly magnified during this time of turmoil, when people in power are using every opportunity to further their own oppressive and exclusionary political agendas. Many people already have limited access to voting, and the defunding of the USPS (not the kind of defunding we were asking for!) during a pandemic leaves democracy teetering on the brink. With everything going on in the world, it may seem futile and naive to think that a single vote would count for anything, but you would be wrong! In last year’s election for Boston city councilors--a Latinx activist, Julia Mejia, won her seat by a single vote! This showcases the power of individuals within a democratic system as well as reminding us to pay more attention to who we are voting for locally.

Below are some ways to make sure you’ll be able to cast a ballot this year:

Am I registered to vote?

Where’s my polling place?

How can I vote by mail?

When can I early vote?

How can I learn more about who/what I’m voting for?

How else can I help on election day?


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