Planned Parenthood Votes: Make a Voting Plan for Election Day
By Planned Parenthood Votes | Nov. 2, 2022, 2:39 p.m.
Category: Planned Parenthood Votes, Take Control 2022
Abortion rights supporters can make a big difference on Election Day. Use and share these 7 steps to help ramp up voter turnout like never before.
Take control with a plan to vote. If you wanted to vote early or absentee but haven’t yet completed your ballot, you may still have time. Some states allow residents who received absentee ballots to vote at the polls on Election Day, and in some states ballot drop boxes are open through Election Day.
Of course, you can also vote in person on Nov. 8. Plan ahead to make sure you don’t miss your chance! Write out your plan by following the 7 steps below. Share your plan on social media and encourage your friends to do the same
Step #1: Check your registration status.
Most states don’t have automatic voter registration. Check if you’re registered.
- If you’re not registered, or if you moved since the last election, check your state’s same-day registration rules and this map of states with same-day registration. Both websites include where to register on Election Day and the necessary ID.
- If your registration site is not located at your polling place, give yourself time to make two stops on Election Day.
Step #2: Choose your candidates.
- Check #VoteProChoice’s voter guide to identify the pro-abortion rights candidates on your ballot.
- The guide highlights endorsements from many organizations, including Planned Parenthood Action Fund and local Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations.
Step #3: Plan your day.
When will you arrive at the polling station on Election Day?
- Figure out what time you need to leave home so you won’t be late.
- Consider long waits, in case your polling place is crowded.
- Aim to arrive as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time.
Step #4: Be prepared.
What arrangements do you need to make so you can have plenty of time to vote?
- Ask for time off work, if needed
- Arrange for child care or, if you bring your kids along, be sure they have a book or toy.
- Pack snacks and water in case there’s a long line.
Step #5: Double-check documents.
- See this map of voter ID laws to find out if you need to show a form of ID, or complete certain forms to vote in your state.
Step #6: Set up transportation.
How will you get to the polls?
- Decide whether you'll travel by foot, bike, car, or public transportation.
- Some public transit agencies — including those in Dallas and Los Angeles — as well as rideshare companies like Lyft offer discounts on Election Day. Search online to see what’s available near you.
Step #7: Don't forget communication.
You may need to speak with someone.
- Have your cell phone charged in case you need to contact someone while you’re in line.
- Think about who you’ll need to call if you’re in line longer than expected.
- Save 866-OUR-VOTE, the Election Protection hotline, in your phone. Call the hotline if you think your rights have been violated or to report any problem with the voting process; attorneys are standing by.
Together, we take control.
Pledge to use your voice and my vote on November 8! When we all show up, we can take back the power to control our bodies, our lives, and our futures.
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