Welcome to my favorite vacation! It's a day to celebrate freedom with your friends and unleash fear in the hearts of the oppressors everywhere. No, it's not a strange way to describe Halloween. It is the registration day of the national voters!
Tuesday September 25th is your chance to get ready for the midterms – and I know I do not have to tell you that we've never had a more important mid-term election than we're about to have.
Is it a fancy holiday? Absolutely. Does that mean we should not celebrate the ever loving devil? Absolutely not! We have a chance to do it and because our voting laws are not always designed to make sure we can, you know, vote, it means we have to prepare.
Imagine this: on 6 November, march to your seat with all your anger, FINALLY having a place to put it. You have your voting plan and you have even done everything possible to make sure your mother and sister also have voting plans. Hell, you bothered your lazy friends for months to make sure they were not part of it – and you did not even get out of the fact that they sat out in 2016 and DONE THIS IN THE FIRST PLACE.
So here you are, coffee in hand, to chat warmly with all the other women in line. Nervously laughing because there are so many of you (many more than last year!) And hoping that this means sanity may prevail this time. You tore your extra hair before you left and you chose a t-shirt, you know that the "I VOTED" sticker will suit you, because you also have your voting selfie plan. You know that the pressure of social media is one of the best ways to convince friends to vote and you are not ashamed to participate.
You approach the table, thanks the electoral collaborator for doing a thankless job to protect our democracy and give your name. It mixes with anxiety while leafing through the pages, going again and again. You're not … on the rolls. No vote, no sticker, no sanity.
"But this nightmare scenario can not happen to me!" you say. "I'm registered, I voted in 2016 and I have not moved!" NOT SO IN HURRY.
People are purged from voter rolls all the time. I walked up to my seat just a couple of weeks ago to express my vote for Cynthia Nixon (pour one) just to hear me say I was in the wrong place. My partner – who lives at the same address – was still there, but my name was gone. I ended up filling out a provisional run-off and signing an affidavit that swore that I lived where I live, but it was terrifying. I'm one of those voters who is sure he did everything right.
National Voter Registration Day is the day we make sure we have our ish together – even those of us who think we already do it.
But the National Voter Registration Day is more than that. It's a day to dig deep and think about the people in our lives that may not be registered. Recent high school grades? Friends who were suddenly excited in Trump's era, but historically they were not super involved? Friends who moved this year? Will the niece go to school in a different state than her family's house? Grandmother in an assisted living community? There are so many reasons why we might not be aware and we'd better understand it before it's too late to fix it.
"Sacred cats!" you say now. "How can I be sure that I and everyone I love are ready to vote on November 6th?" It's easy! Go to Knock the Vote to verify your membership and sign up if necessary. Find out what you need to vote for (some states are super racist and require an identity card) and make sure you're all in order.
And as an added bonus, if you receive five unregistered friends to sign up, get a FREE T-SHIRT! You can put the "I VOTED" sticker on it. That is the spirit of the National Registration Day of the voters.
Now go celebrate!
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