There is no easy way of saying this, but this year’s election will unlikely end promptly. From long voting lines, to major anxiety about the results, everyone’s a little on edge. With that being said, there are some important things to keep in mind today. In this post I will go over some election day information, ways to prepare for long lines, and when to expect the results.
Election Day Information
It’s election day throughout the U.S. and polls are already open. Each state has their own rules regarding what times polling stations open and close, so be sure to check yours. Also depending on your state’s laws, you may be required to bring any number of documentation with you.
If you do not know what documentation is necessary to vote, this link has information on how to vote. Some states require an ID such as a driver’s license, while others require more or less documentation.
Some people may not know if they are registered already or are unsure if they can register today. Again, depending on your state, you may be able to register to vote at your polling place. Head to this link to see if your state allows same day registration.
Preparing To Wait In Line
If you have not already voted, and you plan on voting today, prepare to wait in line. This year has featured story after story of long voting lines. I wrote about some of those stories in a blog back in June about early voting.
Yesterday, I attempted to vote early, but the polls closed before I could reach the building. Out of curiosity, I started a timer on my phone to see how long it would take me to actually vote, which turned out to be nearly two hours.
So if you are going to vote today be prepared for long lines. Bring a water bottle, a snack, and dress appropriately, which includes wearing a mask. If the polls close but you are still in line, do not move. They have to let you vote if you were in line. If you have any troubles at your polling station call the number associated with your state.
When Will Results Be In
Although it is election day, you should not expect the results to be final by the time all polls close tonight. For one, no election has had a full count by the end of election night and that could not be more true this year.
This year’s election has already shattered voting records, with nearly 100 million people casting their ballots early. This includes people who mailed in votes or dropped them off at their polling station. Those votes are still being tallied and some will arrive through the mail after the election.
So, any declaration of victory tonight can only be the result of a challenger conceding. Otherwise it is a bad faith attempt at discouraging people from voting at all. If you want your voice to be heard this year, please vote.