Last Update: March 29, 2022
Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. And as energizing (or daunting) as that may make you feel, now more than ever is the time to educate yourself on the election process, your voting rights, and how to get involved.
Thrive Market will give all employees time off to vote in the 2020 presidential election, joining hundreds of other companies including Starbucks and Patagonia that have already taken similar steps to encourage voting and civic participation. To empower you to do your part, we’ve gathered some helpful resources.
We’ll begin with the basics—what the election process is, the importance of the popular vote, and the function of the Electoral College. Then we’re sharing key resources to help you safely vote this year, as well as tips on how to amplify your voice.
September 29: First Presidential Debate (6 p.m. PT)
October 7: Vice Presidential Debate
October 15: Second Presidential Debate
October 22: Third Presidential Debate
October 24: Vote Early Day
November 3: Election Day
Time to go back to grade school and refresh our memory on how the presidential election process works. After all, it’s not all that uncommon to have forgotten some of these key steps—there’s a lot to it. This is how it breaks down:
When you cast your vote during the general election, you are voting for a group of people known as “electors.” While the Constitution doesn’t require electors to follow their state’s popular vote, many states’ laws do. The Supreme Court ruled that those state laws are, in fact, constitutional in the National Popular Vote Bill that passed in July of this year. This means that electors must follow their state’s popular vote, if the state has passed such a law. To see if your state requires electors to vote in accordance with the popular vote, head here. And for more information on how electors are chosen, this may be helpful.
There are a few key steps you should take to ensure that your voice is heard this November.
Headcount.org is a great online resource that helps you register to vote, check your registration status, find your polling place, and request to vote by mail. Similarly, CNN’s Voter Guide allows you select the state where you’re registered to vote (or intend to register) in order to provide important election deadlines and local voter resources.
If you are voting by mail, there are a few important deadlines and pieces of information to know. All states allow some form of mail voting, but ease and accessibility will vary:
Over all, 27 states and Washington, D.C., have in some way expanded voter access to mail ballots for the 2020 general election. Request your mail-in ballot here. If you are an American citizen overseas, the Federal Voting Assistance Program will be able to walk you through that specific process.
So you’re registered to vote and have a voting plan-of-action. Now what? If you’re interested in getting more involved in the election process, here are a few ways to get started:
Above all else, remember that election season can be emotionally draining—be that from celebratory or gloomy feelings. We encourage you to take care of yourself in a way that works for you, prioritize your mental health, and ask for help when you need it.
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