Today, Sept. 25, is National Voter Registration Day

Are you registered to vote? Why not? Well, you may have multiple reasons, but if you really care about your future, you need to register to vote and then actually go vote. If you are reading this, you have internet access, so here is a link to open where you can start the application process. https://registertovote.org/forms/register/registration/wisconsin.html

You  can also go to your polling place to get registered. Not all offices are open all the time, so call ahead to make sure that when you go, they will be open. I would recommend NOT trying to register on election day this year, I’m guessing the lines will be crazy long, which is a good thing.
Today is the day to get yourself and others in your family or household to get registered at your current voting location. The rule around our house is, if you don’t vote you don’t get to bitch. If you did vote, but don’t like the way it’s going, talk away, and the person you are talking to/at  can join in the discussion, IF they voted!
For full disclosure, I copied this info from the Registertovote.org web site to help you with any questions. It gives information better than I could ever do. Remember, even if you will be gone, can’t get off of work or are away at school and want to vote at your home address (pick one or the other not both!). You need to make sure you are eligible to vote on Nov. 6, ahead of time.

WHAT IS THE NATIONAL FORM?
The National Mail Voter Registration Form consists of four parts:
• The Application
• The General Instructions
• The Application Instructions
• The State Instructions

WHO CAN USE THE NATIONAL FORM?
Any U.S. citizen residing in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia may use this form, with the following exceptions: North Dakota, Wyoming and U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam) do not accept this form. New Hampshire accepts the form only as a request for an absentee ballot.
Uniformed service members and overseas voters should not use this form to register to vote. Instead, they should fill out the Federal Post Card Application, available at www.fvap.gov.

DO I NEED TO SHOW PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION WHEN I VOTE IF I REGISTERED USING THE NATIONAL FORM?
If you are voting for the first time in your state and are registering by mail, Federal law may require you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. This proof of identification includes the following (or if voting by mail, a COPY of the following):
• A current and valid photo identification; OR
• A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.
Federal law does not require you to show proof of identification at the polling place or when voting by mail if (1) you provided COPIES of the above with your National Mail Voter Registration Form; (2) your voter registration form has been verified by an election official; or (3) you are entitled by federal law to vote by absentee ballot. Please note that individual states may have additional voter identification requirements.

WHAT CAN I DO IF MY REGISTRATION FORM IS REJECTED?
If you feel your registration form was unjustly rejected, contact your local election official. You may also contact the voting section of the Department of Justice at (800) 253-3931, or your state.s Attorney General.s office.

HOW CAN I MAKE SURE MY REGISTRATION FORM IS ACCEPTED?
Make sure you fill in all information requested in the form completely, accurately and legibly. Place it in an envelope, and affix the proper amount of postage to it.

HOW CAN I BE SURE MY FORM WAS PROCESSED,
AND I’M REGISTERED TO VOTE?
After you’ve submitted your registration form, you should receive a confirmation that you are registered within a few weeks. If you do not receive a confirmation, call your local election office before the registration deadline approaches to confirm you are registered.

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