It's time for a more inclusive America, where everyone's voice is heard. Every ballot counts and must be counted.
The results of this election affect every part of our daily lives – from systemic racism, to the coronavirus response, and our economy. Even after the election, the fight continues. Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and work for the change we wish to see.
Our democracy depends on you. Elections aren’t just every four years - local elections that make a huge impact on our daily lives are happening every single week. These resources will help you be an informed voter in the next election.
How do I vote early?
In some states, you can vote before Election Day by visiting an Early Voting location and picking up and/or dropping off your ballot. Check the rules in your state here
How do I vote by mail?
Voting by mail, like absentee voting, happens before election day. A ballot is mailed to your address and then you can return it either by mail or in person. It's a very safe and effective way to vote, and most states are allowing some form of vote by mail this year due to the pandemic. Many states require you to request a vote by mail ballot in advance of Election Day, so make sure you don't miss your deadline. Check the rules in your state here.
How do I vote in person?
First, you need to register to vote. If you have already registered, you should check your voter status to make sure your name hasn’t been purged from the rolls! (At least 17 million voters were purged nationwide between 2016 and 2018, according to a study by the Brennan Center). Once you’re set with your registration, find your polling place where you will vote on Election Day, November 3. Make sure you also check the forms of ID that you are required to present in your state.
How do I vote during COVID-19?
The pandemic is evolving at different rates in every state, and each state is handling elections differently. Many states have decided to close polling locations or operate with reduced staff and volunteers due to safety concerns. Due to the pandemic, many states are making early voting or voting by mail more accessible. If your state allows it, voting by mail is a great option! You can check your state’s most up-to-date information at vote.org/covid-19.
What's on my ballot?
In addition to the presidential election, there are thousands of local state and city positions and issues on the 2020 ballot. You can make informed choices by exploring every candidate and referendum on your ballot with the help from our friends at BallotReady.
How do I volunteer?
There are many different ways to volunteer during the elections, from working at the polls on election day to helping people register to vote. We’re big fans of the volunteer opportunities at HeadCount and When We All Vote.
At Participant, we believe that a story well told can make a difference. The fight for racial justice is far from over. When They See Us and Just Mercy illustrate the pervasive injustice of systemic racism. And while protests are an important tool in moving us closer to equity, ensuring everyone’s right to vote is vital to preserving democracy – and that’s the subject of our films John Lewis: Good Trouble as well as Slay The Dragon. Meanwhile, Totally Under Control exposes the truth about the administration’s reckless mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.