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Our Time To Change The World

Election Day 2020 is almost here. Have you registered to vote already?

With just 44 days until Election Day, now is more important than ever to check your voter registration status. Your vote counts and it deserves to enact your voting rights on November 3rd. Not everyone understands how the government divides its powers, and how the voting system works. Here is a simple break down of the process.

We start with three branches, Legislative, Executive, and Judicial, which all have separate roles. These roles work together and form The United States of America’s government.

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It is important to know that this break down is not only for our Federal Government, but it replicates itself in State and City Government as well. 

Each state has its own Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branch that follows the same structure as the federal government. Your Governor, the President of your state, is enacting our laws created by the State Senate and Representatives that are also elected on by the people of that state. Also, states have their own Supreme Court leading the state’s judicial branch.

On your county and city level the Mayor, School Board officials, Police Chief, and County Court Judges make and enact local laws. The laws these individuals place help to determine what school gets funded, what road gets fixed, what neighborhood gets patrolled. They affect individuals in their everyday life. All of these positions are elected by voters, or appointed by the Mayor.

What makes the presidential election different from other elections is the process of the Electoral College. In the Electoral College, each state is appointed “electors,” based on the number of representatives each state has in the Senate and House of Representatives.

In 48 states and the District of Columbia, the winner gets all the electoral votes from that state. Maine and Nebraska allow for their electoral vote to be split. The presidential candidate receives the majority electoral votes, 270, becomes president of The United States. 

Only twice in modern history has the candidate who won the popular vote and not won the electoral vote. Those two instances were in 2000 with George W. Bush and Al Gore Jr. Then again in 2016 with Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Electoral College Map | National Geographic

Now that this simple break down has shown you the importance of voting, and how your vote matters. Deadlines for registering for voting are approaching faster than ever.  

With election day rapidly approaching, voters also need to know who is running for their state and local elections.

A great resource for elections is Ballotpedia.org. Here you can find tons of information like who will be on your ballot for any upcoming election. All you have to do is simply put in your address, where you’re registered to vote.

The sample ballot that the website produces shows laws that attempting to pass along with bios of each candidate, as long the candidate had filled out the. Ballotpedia is your one-stop shop for all election news and a great resource for those who are not as familiar with politics.

It is time to make our country everything we want. It all starts with a vote on November 3rd!

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State Voter Registration Deadlines

StateIn-Person Registration DeadlineMail-In Registration DeadlineOnline Registration Deadline
AlabamaOctober 19, 2020October 19, 2020October 19, 2020
AlaskaOctober 4, 2020October 4, 2020October 4, 2020
American SamoaOctober 5, 2020
ArizonaOctober 5, 2020October 5, 2020October 5, 2020
ArkansasOctober 5, 2020October 5, 2020
CaliforniaNovember 3, 2020October 19, 2020October 19, 2020
ColoradoNovember 3, 2020October 26, 2020October 26, 2020
ConnecticutNovember 3, 2020October 27, 2020October 27, 2020
DelawareOctober 10, 2020October 10, 2020October 10, 2020
District of ColumbiaNovember 3, 2020October 13, 2020
FloridaOctober 5, 2020October 5, 2020October 5, 2020
GeorgiaOctober 5, 2020October 5, 2020October 5, 2020
GuamOctober 23, 2020October 23, 2020October 23, 2020
HawaiiNovember 3, 2020October 5, 2020October 5, 2020
IdahoNovember 3, 2020October 8, 2020October 9, 2020
IllinoisNovember 3, 2020October 6, 2020October 18, 2020
IndianaOctober 5, 2020October 5, 2020October 5, 2020
IowaOctober 24, 2020October 24, 2020October 24, 2020
KansasOctober 13, 2020October 13, 2020October 13, 2020
KentuckyOctober 5, 2020October 5, 2020October 5, 2020
LouisianaOctober 5, 2020October 5, 2020October 13, 2020
MaineNovember 3, 2020October 19, 2020
MarylandOctober 13, 2020October 13, 2020October 13, 2020
MassachusettsOctober 24, 2020October 24, 2020October 24, 2020
MichiganNovember 3, 2020October 19, 2020October 19, 2020
MinnesotaOctober 13, 2020October 13, 2020October 13, 2020
MississippiOctober 5, 2020October 5, 2020
MissouriOctober 7, 2020October 7, 2020October 7, 2020
MontanaNovember 3, 2020October 26, 2020
NebraskaOctober 23, 2020October 16, 2020October 16, 2020
NevadaOctober 6, 2020October 6, 2020October 29, 2020
New HampshireNovember 3, 2020
New JerseyOctober 13, 2020October 13, 2020
New MexicoOctober 6, 2020October 6, 2020October 6, 2020
New YorkOctober 9, 2020October 9, 2020October 9, 2020
North CarolinaOctober 9, 2020October 9, 2020October 9, 2020
North Dakota
Northern Mariana IslandsSeptember 4, 2020
OhioOctober 5, 2020October 5, 2020October 5, 2020
OklahomaOctober 9, 2020October 9, 2020
OregonOctober 13, 2020October 13, 2020October 13, 2020
PennsylvaniaOctober 19, 2020October 19, 2020October 19, 2020
Puerto RicoSeptember 24, 2020
Rhode IslandOctober 4, 2020October 4, 2020October 4, 2020
South CarolinaOctober 2, 2020October 5, 2020October 4, 2020
South DakotaOctober 19, 2020October 19, 2020
TennesseeOctober 5, 2020October 5, 2020October 5, 2020
TexasOctober 5, 2020October 5, 2020
UtahOctober 23, 2020October 23, 2020October 23, 2020
VermontNovember 3, 2020November 3, 2020November 3, 2020
Virgin IslandsOctober 3, 2020
VirginiaOctober 13, 2020October 13, 2020October 13, 2020
WashingtonNovember 3, 2020October 26, 2020October 26, 2020
West VirginiaOctober 13, 2020October 13, 2020October 13, 2020
WisconsinOctober 30, 2020October 14, 2020October 14, 2020
WyomingOctober 19, 2020October 19, 2020
Information provided by Ballotpedia.org

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