Every election season, we hear the same thing. “Go vote. Every vote matters!” And it’s true. They do matter. They matter BIG TIME. And since it’s so significant, we want to make sure you’re ready to exercise your civic duty!
Can you spare 6 minutes to make a 6 year difference?
The U.S. Midterm Election will be held on November 8th—and all 435 seats that make up the House of Representatives, plus 35 Senate seats—are up for grabs.
If you haven’t already registered to vote, make sure to do so by October 11th.
You can register to vote online if you have a TN Driver’s License or a Tennessee Department of Safety ID. If internet access is hindering you, or someone you know, you may register to vote at any Memphis Public Libraries location—and they will deliver the form for you!
The 6 minutes it takes you to answer these questions will make a change that might be one for the books.
And speaking of the Memphis Public Libraries, they’ve put together a guide page for your to get to know all of your candidates. Do your research!
** If you have more questions about registering to vote, check out VoteRiders, a voter ID education and assistance site that’ll walk you through just about every question you can think of**
Now that you’re registered, it’s time to talk about what you can do between now and Election Day.
- A great next step is helping others through registering to vote.
- Ask your friends, ask your mom, ask your neighbor if they are registered—and if not, show them how easy it is!
- Another way you can help is by working at a polling location!
- The Shelby County Election Commission needs paid poll workers and absentee ballot counters in order to deliver a free and fair election with accurate results. You could earn up to $190 for your services—ain’t that a nice chunk of change? Find out more here.
When the time comes, vote like you life depends on it!
Election Day isn’t until November 8th, 2022, but early voting kicks off October 19th and goes through November 3rd.
Early voting locations and times can be found here.
Come Election Day, Tuesday November 8th, you will need to show up to your pre-designated voting location. This information will be listed on your voter registration card, or you can locate your voting location here.
**If you are from Shelby County, but will be unable to vote in person due to illness or because you are away at school, in the military, etc., you can request an absentee ballot by October 16th and mail it in yourself**
If you are worried about COVID-19 risks, you should know that in the August election, past voters gave high marks to the polling locations for their extreme commitment to sanitary, safe conditions.
Also, it is important to remember that your employer HAS to give you paid time off to vote. The law in Tennessee is as follows:
Tennessee law requires employers to provide employees with a reasonable amount of paid time off to vote up to three (3) hours.
To be eligible, an employee:must not have three (3) or more hours before their shift begins or after their shift ends in which to vote while polls are open, and request the paid voting leave by twelve o’clock (12:00) noon on the day prior to the vote or election.
TN Stat. 2-1-106