Protect the vote: What you can do now!
By Andrew Snyder
June 14, 2020
Here is a list of actions, in no particular order, that you can take or be aware of as we approach November. Knowledge is empowering!
Remember that honest, candid representatives who protect everyone’s individual rights are safer than those who fraudulently promise payouts if elected. Governments have the responsibility to protect your rights including your right to vote. Worries about groups trying to exclude people from voting can be easily overcome with simple actions.
Help keep elections lists accurate and up-to-date.
Prior to the election, confirm that you are registered. Make sure you name has not been purged or that your address has been changed without your consent.
If you have moved, make sure election officials know your new location and know to remove your name from the old location. Check on your old location to make sure you are not registered to vote in two locations.
Confirm the location of your polling place.
Be prepared to wait in line. Take water and snacks if needed. Do not let your vote be denied because of long waits that could silence your voice.
Encourage your election officials to keep voter registries up to date. Dead voters and voters who have moved are a liability and represent an opportunity for fraud.
If you see something say something. Voter fraud is difficult to stop because it is difficult to see. If you think you see something wrong, tell your local Democrat and Republican parties as well as the board of elections. Let us know on this website, too.
Be an educated voter. Voter fraud can be a result of deception by lying politicians.
Many politicians make promises they do not keep. If you think you are voting for free stuff and more benefits, you are probably being deceived.
Government cannot create value but it can protect value. Choose candidates who support protection of individual rights.
Candidates that promise benefits for a special interest group never deliver. They steal your vote with fraud. Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it is.
You are not marrying the candidate; you are electing the candidate. Do not expect to agree on everything.
Pick a candidate who represents key values - the more fundamental the better. Protecting freedom of speech is more essential, for example, than fixing potholes.
Remember that everything a politician promises has to be paid for by everyone. You will be taxed, this eventually leads to less income, a lower standard of living will, and you will have to work longer before you retire to pay for those promises - think of things like: new stadium, new airports when the existing one is fine, solar-powered trash cans. All expensive. Eventually, you will pay. Not corporate taxes. It always comes back to the citizens footing the bills.
Judge politicians for yourself. What do they advocate? Do they seem sincere? What do they say? Listen directly and do not believe filtered information you hear from celebrities and media, who may have their own reasons for spinning the message.
Help other citizens who want to vote.
Support registration of citizens to vote.
Help people who want to vote but who are unable to vote. Consider directly helping people in homes for the elderly, people who have impaired mobility get to the polls. Do not let this task get taken over by a larger group - make sure you oversee this personally.
If you know someone who wants to vote, but cannot because of work or childcare concerns, see if you can help out with childcare or solutions to help them get to the polls.
Carry voter registration materials with you. These are free from your state. Also, you can register online, here: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote#item-212645
If you see efforts to exclude citizens from voting or to get non-citizens to vote in your election, speak up. Tell the political parties, tell the press, tell the judge of elections, tell us.
Discuss voting with your friends and family. Political choices can impact your daily life for the better or the worse. The selection of a representative who may take away your right to own a gun or have an abortion is a big deal. Isn’t this worth hashing our with your friends and family so you make the most informed decision possible. Find out if your friends and family need help registering.
Be cautious when using voting machines.
Make sure you understand how the machine works to register your votes.
If you complete a paper ballot—be sure to use the appropriate marks and avoid stray marks.
On ballot initiatives, be very careful of the wording. It is easy to make a bad idea look supportable with deceptive wording.
Touch sensitivity on machine screens can cause voting errors. Check your vote carefully before casting the ballot.
Do not let anyone tell you how to vote if they are helping you with a machine problem.
Report any problems to the appropriate authorities and to anyone who will listen.
Address problems promptly and with commitment.
If you see any type of fraud associated with voting, take action and speak up. Tell everyone who can help correct the problem. Things to watch for…
Intimidation of individual voters or groups of voters at polling places.
Extremely long-lines because polling places were not adequately staffed or prepared.
Polling assistants voting for someone else.
Ballot stuffing, where one person votes multiple times.
Counting unqualified ballots.
Mail in ballots sent to the wrong address or with the wrong name.
Remember voting is how you exercise your right select your government representatives.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Ronald Reagan.
“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.” Hillary Clinton
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” John Adams