The unfortunate reality is that far too many of us take for granted the right to vote.
It just comes with being an American, right?
Not exactly. In fact, it used to be quite the opposite.
The History of Voting in America
In the earliest days of our country, the right to vote was ONLY granted to male, predominantly white, landowners.
It wasn’t until 1919 that women, again predominately white, were granted the right to vote. Voter surpression laws, like Jim Crow, made it extremely difficult for non-white men and women to vote.
And so, the fight continued until finally, in 1965, the Voting Rights Act was passed — which prohibited voting discrimination on the basis of “race, color or nation origin.”
Voting in Sandy Springs Today
Despite the century-plus long fight for voting rights in America, far too many people still don’t make their voices heard by casting a ballot.
- In 2018, only 53% of registered voters in Fulton County cast a ballot
- In 2016, that number was only 57%
We can, should and must do better than this.
How To Do Your Part
- Have you registered to vote? If so, have you verified your status?
The deadline to register to vote is October 5. Register today!
- Have you moved in the last 30 days? Changed your name? If so, have you updated your voter registration with your new information?
You need to update your voter registration with your new address change. You can do that here.
- Are you a new United States citizen? Will you be 17-and-a-half by Election Day on November 3?
You are ELIGIBLE to vote in this election. Get registered today to make your voice heard.
The deadline to register to vote and to confirm any changes to your voter registration is on October 5th! It will be here before you know it, so take action today!
Be Proactive, Not Reactive
We’ve all heard the countless horror stories of people being turned away at their polling precinct due to unresolved errors with their voter registration.
Adding to that is the fact that many of your polling places have potentially changed locations due to COVID-19. If you’re going to vote in-person, make sure you verify the location of your polling place here.
Don’t be disappointed. Take action today.
NOW is the time to make sure that everything related to your voter registration is in order. Wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry when it comes to your ability to vote?
Request An Absentee Ballot
Have you requested an absentee ballot for this November’s elections?
The science is clear: the absolute safest way for ALL of us to cast our ballots this year is by voting early by mail or via absentee.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, experts recommend voting-by-mail if at all possible. So, get ahead of the game and request a ballot today.
In the state of Georgia, these ballots are counted in the same way that in-person ballots are. There is no delay.