Get Out & Vote!

Election day is rapidly approaching!  Are you registered to vote?  If not, check out this great video that breaks down how to get registered in Massachusetts (there are videos for all 50 states, so you can share the YouTube channel with anyone you know in another state that needs help getting registered!) or check out this flowchart we created to walk you through the process!  (All of the links on the flowchart are clickable!)


Many of your registration related questions can also be answered on the Massachusetts Election Division’s website and at the Arlington Elections & Voting website.

Some important dates to remember:
The last day to register for the 2016 election is Wednesday October  19th.
Arlington Early voting starts on Monday October 24th.
The last day to submit an absentee ballot application is Monday November 7th at noon.
Election day is Tuesday November 8th.

You might also be wondering where you can find information about the candidates & questions that will be showing up on your ballots.

For local questions, you can find the official Massachusetts Information for Voters that details the ballot questions here.  (You can also find it in large print, Spanish, Chinese, and audio formats!)

You can visit Vote411 to get voting information on all the candidates that you’re able to vote for.  There’s also PolitiFact, a Pullitzer Prize winning fact checking site, where you can see how truthful the candidates’ statements are.

Additionally, there are a plethora of local & national news sources available for you to read up on the candidates & questions on your ballot.  It’s important to remember to evaluate your sources of information, especially when it’s something you’ve found online. Nobody wants to be one of those people that takes what’s written by a satirical website seriously.   Here are some tips and tricks for evaluating websites, created by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for academic purposes, that you can apply when looking for election information online.

School Library Journal has also put together a list of resources to help parents talk to their kids about the election & our country’s political system.

Go forth, be informed, & exercise your right to vote!

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