An Easy Guide to Voting in the Midterms

Hey guys….it’s been A MINUTE but what better time to come back than the midterms, right? If you are new to my content, HIIIIIII my name is Tarlon Khoubyari, everyone calls me TK. I am your cool plant mom who knows a little bit about tech and data and I love sharing my insights with you all to live the best lives you possibly can.

Let’s get into why you’re REALLY here.

I’ve felt extremely compelled to write this because I was trying to find all of this information of how to vote, where to vote, who to vote for, etc and I was getting so frustrated because there is SO much information out there but not enough of it was accessible.

I know so many people who aren’t informed in voting so they end up not voting. Getting information about voting can be really overwhelming, there is so much out there and you may not trust everything you read.

I decided to create a guide to make getting information about voting and who/what to vote for a lot easier.

No matter what party you align with, voting matters whether you believe it or not. We are approaching midterm season which can determine a lot depending on your state.

Important Dates – for NC. Every state is different if you don’t live in NC. You can find out here: https://www.vote.org/voter-registration-deadlines/ 


How to Register 
Election Day: November 6, 2018
Last day to register in-person: November 3, 2018
Last day to register by-mail: October 12, 2018.

Where To Vote – put in your address and find your nearest voting location.
Sample Ballot – Check to see if you’re registered to vote and then see the ballot you’ll be voting on election day. A sample ballot will let you see what the actual ballot will look like on Election Day. You can see who is running, what they are running for, and the other ticket items on the ballot.

If you’ve moved out of the place you have registered, you may need to register. You can fill out a form and mail that in.
If you’re not living in the same place you’re registered in, you can apply for an absentee ballot. But make sure you do it in time!

DO YOUR RESEARCH. Check multiple trusted sources before you cast on election day. It doesn’t take a lot of time to stay informed. I won’t project any of my political opinions here today but make sure you’re educating yourself on policies that affect you and others. Every vote counts and every vote matters ESPECIALLY in North Carolina.

This is what is on our ballot in North Carolina –  This can change depending on where you are so put in your own address and find out what other key ticket items you’re voting on.

A lot of these sites offer overviews, they don’t tell you what these policies ACTUALLY mean. This is when you have to do a little deeper digging on the implications of these policies that were added on the ballot.

Before you get to the polls, consider the type of candidate you want to vote for. It goes beyond the party you align with. Now more than ever it’s important to get to the polls and let our voices be heard. Voting is a privilege that many of us take for granted. The “I don’t care about politics” argument isn’t an excuse anymore. Every issue will affect you in indirect and direct ways. It’s on us to take the responsibility of our futures in our hands.

 

Stay informed, stay educated, and get to the polls November 6th.