Go Vote

Go Vote 🗳

If you’re like the nearly one hundred million other Americans who voted early (myself and Kari-Lise included), then this post is just noise. But if somehow you haven’t voted yet, today is the perfect day for it. Need to know where to go? Find your polling place here. If you’re an adult US citizen, remember, no one can keep you from voting. Stay in line. Get counted. You got this. As I quoted on Instagram earlier today…

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government.
Governments should be afraid of their people.”

Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

Funny enough, that quote is loosely based on a similar spurious quotation often attributed to Thomas Jefferson. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation has a little article on it over on Monticello.org, and it’s worth a read if you like delving into the etymology of quotations. Often they’re like a little game of telephone.

No matter the outcome, I’m proud of every American who got involved in the process. This election is arguably the most important election of our lives. We’re seeing record turnout everywhere. For me, it’s thrilling to see so many Americans stepping up and making sure their voice is heard and their vote is counted.

Aim High, America

Get Your Vote On 🗳

It’s not even Election Day yet in the United States, and here I am urging my fellow American citizens to get out and vote. Why? Many reasons! First, this is a critical election. Due to the pandemic and to help spread folks out a bit more many states have opened up early and absentee voting. It’s also becoming clear that there will be a big turnout, so the sooner you cast your vote, the quicker it can be counted.

“We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”

Thomas Jefferson

I voted last week. Washington State has been vote-by-mail as long as I’ve lived here as a voting-age adult. It’s an incredible process and one I’ve always appreciated. It’s very secure. It prevents villains from doing scummy things like shutting down or limiting polling places or purging voter rolls. They even have a handy tracker showing you where your vote is in the process. (If your state doesn’t have this, you should ask for it.)

My ballot was counted yesterday (October 22nd!)

Make time to vote. If you don’t or can’t do it early. Then be sure to make time on Election Day. (That’s Tuesday, November 3 this year.) Most states require employers to give you paid time off to head to the polls, and in states that don’t have specific laws, you’ll find that employers will often give you time off. (You can check which states have voting laws at vote411.com.)

I mention this every election, and I will keep mentioning it until I don’t have to anymore: anyone trying to prevent or make it difficult for citizens to vote are the bad guys. As an American citizen, no one has the right to stop you from voting. Your voice deserves to be counted. If you’re in line to vote when the polls close, they are legally required to allow you to vote. If you’re intimidated at polls or have problems voting, keep these numbers handy:

  • 866-Our-Vote (English)
  • 866-Ve-Y-Vota (Spanish)
  • 866-API-Vote (Asian Languages)

Find out more information at 866ourvote.org.

So let’s do our civic duty, submit out ballots, and participate in our electoral process.

It’s National Voter Registration Day

It’s National Voter Registration Day

It’s the fourth Tuesday in September, and here in the United States, that means it’s National Voter Registration Day! Voting is an essential part of our democratic process, and everyone needs to register so they can exercise their power and make the voice of the people heard.


There are a few ways to register, but here are a few of my favorite resources:

Vote.org

This is my favorite. Here you find tools to register, and you can check the status of your registration. Be sure to do the latter, some states occasionally purge voter rolls for inactivity and people can get lost in the shuffle.

How to register to vote #RegisterToVote

Google has built a handy tool to help you figure out how to register in your state. Just simply search for that phrase (or click the link above) and all the information is at your fingertips.

Rock the Vote

This nonprofit and nonpartisan organization focuses on increasing the turnout for younger Americans and has been around since 1990.


It’s worth noting that only 38 states allow online registration. Here’s the official list. Is your state missing? Do the leg work, register, and then elect leaders that will make online registration official. It’s 2019 for goodness sake.

Finally, as I’ve said before, today is an appropriate day to restate that anyone trying to prevent or making it difficult for citizens to vote are the bad guys. In an era of voter disenfranchisement, suppression, and gerrymandering, the people must step up and elect leaders that fight for the rights of the citizenry. Do your duty: register and vote.

Vote, America.

Vote 🗳

Today is November 6th, Election Day. If you’re a United States citizen, today is the day where we participate in our civic duty. For the last few decades, mid-term elections have been largely ignored by most of the population—turnout in 2014 midterm election was a pathetic 36.4%—and in recent years we’ve seen the results (or lack thereof) when people grow complacent and don’t engage in government. Every vote matters.


“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt


Please make time to vote. Most states require employers to give you paid time off to head to the polls, and in states that don’t have specific laws, you’ll find that employers often give you time off. (You can check which states have voting laws at vote411.com.)

I tweet this out often, but it’s important to remember that anyone trying to prevent or making it difficult for citizens to vote are the bad guys. Here in Washington State, we do all our voting by mail. It’s fantastic, and it prevents villains doing scummy things like moving polling places outside of a city or purging voter rolls. On the positive side, we also tend to have above-average voter turnout. Today, I was able to track my ballot online, and I’m proud to say my vote has been counted. It’s a good feeling.

Finally, remember that as an American citizen, no one has the right to stop you from voting. Your voice deserves to be counted. If you’re in line to vote when the polls close they are legally required to allow you to vote. If you’re intimidated at polls or have problems voting, keep these numbers handy:

  • 866-Our-Vote (English)
  • 866-Ve-Y-Vota (Spanish)
  • 866-API-Vote (Asian Languages)

Find out more information at 866ourvote.org.

Go vote. Make your voice heard.

Register to Vote

My Fellow Americans, Register to Vote

Today is the fourth Tuesday in September, that means it’s National Voter Registration Day here in the USA. If you’re a US citizen and you haven’t registered, take some time and do it today. Registering to vote is super easy (usually only takes a few minutes) and it’s essential. Your voice is valid, and it matters now more than ever.


There are a few ways to register, but here are a few of my favorite resources:

  • Vote.org
    This is my favorite. Here you find tools to register, and you can check the status of your registration. Be sure to do the latter, some states (Ohio) are trying to purge voter rolls for inactivity.

  • How to register to vote #RegisterToVote
    Google has a handy tool to help you figure out how to register. Just simple search for that phrase (or click the link above) and all the information is at your fingertips.

  • Rock the Vote
    This nonprofit and nonpartisan organization focuses on increasing the turnout for younger Americans and has been around since 1990.

I’ve said this before, but today is an appropriate day to restate that anyone trying to prevent or making it difficult for citizens to vote are the bad guys. In an era of voter disenfranchisement, suppression, and gerrymandering, the people must step up and elect leaders that fight for the rights of the citizenry. Do your duty: register and vote.

Americans: Go Vote

Americans: Go Vote

It’s November 8th here in the United States. The day we cast our ballots for the next President of our country. While I have readers all over the world, I’m going to take a moment to talk to those who are American.


Go vote. Please vote. Please. Every race is important. From your school board to local offices to your state and city elections; not just our national election.

We do mail-in voting here in Washington, so I already voted weeks ago. I’m not going to tell you which way to vote. (Although, over the last few weeks I haven’t been exactly silent on my support.) What am I am going to do is encourage you to do it. It’s important.

For some places, casting your vote will be easy. In many others, thanks to voter suppression movements, it’ll be much more challenging. As I posted yesterday on Facebook as an American citizen, no one has the right to stop you from voting, if you’re in line to vote when the polls close THEY ARE LEGALLY REQUIRED TO ALLOW YOU TO VOTE. Remember that. Same goes for your employer with a few caveats depending on your state. [Details Here]

If you’re intimidated at polls or have problems voting, keep these numbers handy:

  • 866-Our-Vote (English)
  • 866-Ve-Y-Vota (Spanish)
  • 866-API-Vote (Asian Languages)

Find out more information at: 866ourvote.org

It’s a big day for our country. Go vote and let your voice be heard.