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Civic Engagement and Voting: React

This guide shares resources and strategies for learning about socio political issues in order to vote or otherwise participate in civic discourse. It also details local resources for getting involved as well at UNLV and local events.

React

The three main parts of reacting and preparing to vote are understanding where and how to vote, knowing and feeling confident in your rights as a voter, and learning more about the different election season and how to get up to date information on when to vote. 

Step 1 - Where & How To Vote

What you need in order to vote can vary from state to state. In order to vote in Nevada, you need to make sure that you are:

  • Registered to vote!
  • Able to confirm your name and address
  • Have your photo identification ready (optional)

U.S. Vote Foundation - The U.S. Vote Foundation website has helpful information for each state like 

  • Upcoming Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Identification Requirements
  • Voter Materials Transmission Options
  • State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered? Where’s my Ballot?

Vote.org - Vote.org is a website with tons of great resources. Use this link to find your polling place in any state. 

Step 2 - Understanding Your Voter Rights

Below is a list of a few your rights as a voter in the United States. Always remember that it is your right as a citizen to cast your ballot on election day.

  • If the polls close while you are still in line to vote, you are allowed to wait until you have voted. 
  • If the machines are down at your polling place, you can ask for a paper ballot. 
  • It is illegal to intimidate voters by intimidating, threatening, or coercing any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of the other person to vote or to vote as they may choose. 
  • You do not need to prove your citizenship to anyone at the polling location
  • If you have a disability or do not read or speak English well, you are allowed to bring a family member or friend to assist you at the polls.

ACLU.Org - The ALCU also has more information about your rights as a voter. Check out this link to feel more prepared on election day. 

Step 3 - Beyond Voting

Your politcal activism doesn't need to stop after you're done voting. Below are some different ways that you can stay involved in your community and make a difference.

  • Organizing and Community Engagement 
    • Help plan events or volunteer for existing events in your neighboorhoods and communites. 
  • Activism
    • Start organzing around isues that are important to you. Advocate for what you believe is right and encourage others to participate as well.
  • Donating 
    • If you have the means, donate money to the folks doing the work. Sometimes we aren't able to show up to events, but you have the opportunity to donate even 5 to 10 dollars. Activists appreciate even the smallest amounts, and they all donations add up. Supporting activist through donations help encourage ground workers and make them feel good about the work that they are doing, especially when they are fighting long and difficult battles
  • Encourage others to vote
    • Every vote matters! Encourage the people in your life to get active in the community as well. 
  • Participate in the Census
    • Making sure you fill out your Census information is crucial. The data that the census collects helps to determine things like how many representatives each state will have in Congress for the next 10 years, and how much federal funding communities will receive for roads, schools, housing and social programs. Filling out the Census is a great way to make a positive impact on your community. 
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