• October 8, 2020 |

    reasons you should vote

    2020 edition

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    Well, folks, as you breathe in the crisp New England-fall air and stress out about, well, everything, I’d like to remind you that it’s Election Season! In case you’re not already psyched to perform your civic duty, here are a few reasons (they’re rather dumb initially but there are more valid ones later) you should vote and info on how to do so.

    1. Halloween Substitute/Prolongment?: Are you bummed that Halloween (in the conventional sense) may be yet another casualty of this cruel year? Are you absolutely heartbroken that you can no longer flaunt your costume to your peers in class, the same costume you thought of while hungover on November 1st last year? Well, do I have the perfect substitute for you! Show up to your polling station in costume ready to spook the system with your vote!
    2. It’s a holiday activity you can actually do: In case you didn’t know, Brown has decided to make Election Day a holiday (yay Brown!). Given the current situation(s), you might find it difficult to figure out what you can do on a holiday. Look no further than voting and make your way to the polls for a fun and important holiday activity.
    3. Adding to the sticker collection: Classes got you down? Feel like it has been a while since you’ve accomplished anything? Need a physical reminder that you are a grown-ass adult who has their shit together?? Vote and you’ll get a sticker that shows the world just how awesome you are! Bonus points if this isn’t your first time voting and you collect all your “I Voted” stickers.
    4. Human Interaction: Did your prof renege on in-person classes? Have you been trapped inside for far too long? Are you looking for just about any excuse to be outside and be in the general vicinity of other human beings? You’re in luck: Going to your polling place/ mailbox (for all my absentee pals) is the perfect opportunity to get out of the house!

      Now, on a more serious note:

    5. IT’S YA GODDAMN CIVIC DUTY: As I mentioned in 2018, I didn’t learn much from AP U.S. Government and Politics, but I’m pretty darn sure voting is, like, your responsibility as a citizen of this country.
    6. PLEASE, IT’S SO BAD, WE NEED A CHANGE**: This year has been shitty, and much of it has come from how incompetently our leaders have handled the historic crises our country faced this year. It’s time they’re held accountable. The only way they can hear our voices is when we go out in droves to the polls and vote out the folks that failed to do their goddamn duties and vote for the folks that will! If there is anything, LITERALLY ANYTHING, you have an opinion about, anything you want to see changed or care deeply about—YOU NEED TO VOTE. Care about not being submerged by oceans due to climate change? VOTE. Care about protecting minorities’ and women’s rights? VOTE. Have any insights whatsoever about how things should be in your country? VOTE, VOTE, VOTE.

    Not sure how to participate in this election? Here’s some important info:

    For general information about the 2020 elections, check out Brown Votes: http://brownvotes.org/

    How to vote if you’re registered to vote in RI:
    You are required to provide some form of photo ID to vote in Rhode Island.

    The following are accepted forms of photo ID:
    RI Driver’s License or Permit
    RI Voter ID Card
    U.S. Passport
    ID issued by a U.S. educational institution
    U.S. military ID
    ID card issued by the United States or the State of Rhode Island
    Government-issued medical card
    Tribal ID

    Don’t have any of the above? You can still cast a provisional ballot.
    For more info: http://www.elections.state.ri.us/voting/provisional.php

    If you registered to vote while on campus and used your 69 Brown St. mailing address, your polling place, typically, is Solomon Hall. However, it’s a weird year and they haven’t confirmed this location yet, so please keep checking here: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Home/PollingPlaces?ActiveFlag=2

    If you don’t feel comfortable voting in-person and have submitted your absentee ballot request, you can check on the status of your mail-in ballot for RI here: https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Home/UpdateVoterRecord?ActiveFlag=3

    If you are registered elsewhere, find your polling place and polling hours here: https://www.vote.org/polling-place-locator/

    If you’re not registered in RI, please obtain your absentee (mail-in) ballot ASAP (if you still can), and send it in!! Get your absentee ballot here: https://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot/

    Think you’ll forget to vote? Set a reminder here: https://www.vote.org/election-reminders/

    **This article is written in the opinion of the writer.