Finding your polling place is easy. Visit
, click on the link for your state, and enter the information required. The system will tell you exactly where you need to go to vote. If you have moved in the last year, chances are you will not vote at the same location you did the previous year.
2) Have the appropriate identification.
Most polling places require that you have a government-issued ID to cast your vote. To be sure, though, call your polling place in advance to ask about forms of ID that are accepted. Also, pay attention to whether your ID is current and not expired.
3) Check the opening and closing times at your polling place.
Using the link provided above, you can also find the opening and closing times of your specific polling place, in addition to its location. Most polling places open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Some provide an earlier opening and later closing time. It is always best to “know before you go.”
4) Be patient and prepared.
Depending on the hour at which you choose to vote, the lines can be long. Do not let that keep you from voting. If you can, plan your voting time at a point in your day when you are not likely to be forced to leave the polling place because of time constraints. If you plan to vote before work, during your lunch hour, or after work, be aware of travel times to and from your workplace. Also, be mindful of the weather. Many polling place lines start outside of the building, so you may need an umbrella, rain boots, coat, or the option to shed layers. If you have to wait, you will want to be able to do so comfortably.
5) Don’t be discouraged.
As much as we would like to think that our single vote will make the most significant difference, that is not always the case. If the upcoming December 12th election does not turn out exactly as you had hoped, don’t be discouraged. Do not let that prevent you from showing up to vote in the next election, and the next.