A Message on why voting on November 3, 2020 is important from CWLA:
“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” — Larry Sabato
“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” — Susan B. Anthony
“The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.” — John Lewis
CWLA proudly supports and promotes voter registration for the 2020 presidential election. Every vote counts and your vote can impact the future of important child welfare policies.
CWLA is a proud partner for National Voter Registration Day on September 22. Follow our social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more resources and reminders for National Voter Registration Day! We encourage our members to engage with us on social media and help promote National Voter Registration Day to get #VoteReady.
CWLA is providing resources for our members and individuals who want to make their voice heard in the 2020 election on Tuesday, November 3rd. Below is information for how to register to vote, registration deadlines, voting during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.
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Countdown to Election Day, November 3rd
VOTE EARLY DAY: October 24, 2020
Vote Early Day is a movement to ensure all Americans know their options to vote early. More than 200 million Americans are eligible to vote early, but rules – both for in-person and by-mail options – vary widely all over the country, causing confusion and preventing voters from casting their ballots. When Americans vote early, we reduce the risk of potential health issues associated with in-person voting, decrease lines on election day, and ensure that last-minute problems will not prevent us from casting our ballots. Vote Early Day is a collaborative, open-source model – similar to National Voter Registration Day. The inaugural Vote Early Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th, ten days out from Election Day and on a weekend to ensure maximum participation. For more information, you can go to Vote Early Day’s website.
National Voter Registration Day: September 22, 2020
Celebrate National Voter Registration Day this September 22: National Voter Registration Day celebrates our country’s democracy and helps register every eligible American to vote! Help the community you serve get #VoteReady on #NationalVoterRegistrationDay by getting your university, library, nonprofit, government agency, or business to organize a voter registration drive in person or online.
All partners are encouraged to use the official National Voter Registration Day hashtags – #NationalVoterRegistrationDay and #VoteReady across their social media accounts.
REGISTER TO VOTE!! It is MOST important that everyone tuned into your social media channels, on your email lists, and in your community registers to vote TODAY! And once they’ve done so, they need to get everyone else they know to do the same. Share the link to the voter registration tool on our website OR whatever tool(s) or methods your organization uses to help us make today a success!
Register To Vote: Check Your Registration Status
Each state has various requirements and guidelines for voter registration.
To find registration information specific to your state, visit Vote.org.
Voter Registration Deadlines
Voting in Your State:
Vote by Mail / Vote in-person
If you would prefer to vote by mail, click here to get started by entering your zip code and get registered to vote by mail.
- States where mail-in ballots will automatically be mailed to active registered voters:
California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
- States that allow any registered voter to apply for a mail-in ballot and vote by mail:
Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
- States where voters can request a mail-in ballot and be excused due to coronavirus concerns:
Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, and West Virginia
- States where eligible voters must meet state excuse requirements in order to receive a mail-in ballot:
Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas
- Some states have ID requirements when voting by mail. Be sure to check your state’s requirements when applying for a mail-in ballot.
Voting During the COVID-19 Pandemic
CWLA encourages voters to follow guidelines put forth by state and local officials, as well as the CDC. The CDC recommends that voters take precautions against COVID-19 such as washing hands upon entering and exiting the polling location, frequently using hand sanitizer while inside, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow, wearing a face mask, and maintaining a distance of 6 feet at all times, even while wearing a mask. Voters are encouraged to utilize alternative forms of voting, such as mail-in ballots and early voting. To avoid large crowds, voters can vote at off-peak times and monitor the voter line and join when it shortens. For more information from the CDC, click here.
Healthy Voting is another helpful resource for voters to stay safe while voting. When visiting the website, select the state in which you will be voting for specific health information in your state.
Other Voter Registration Resources
TurboVote is a voter registration tool that helps you complete a voter registration application. Voters can also opt in for election reminders via email or text.
Rock the Vote contains information for each state on election deadlines, registration processes, voting rights restoration, where to vote, mail-in ballot processes, early voting, and voter ID requirements. It also has additional resources for those with disabilities, convictions, those overseas, military members, and students.
Nonprofit VOTE has an interactive state map that provides voter information for each state.
Facebook has created a Voting Information Center for the 2020 election. You must have an active Facebook account to use the tool.
The Nation Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) webpage allows you to check your voter registration status in your state.
I Will Vote provides information to check your voter registration status, register to vote information, and options for voting.