For women, like all Americans, the stakes are high in the 2016 election: our personal lives, our health, our work, and our families lie in the balance. But if you're not exactly sure how to register to vote for the 2016 presidential election, you're not alone. Plenty of Americans are a little stumped when it comes to knowing where to vote, when to vote, or even who might be on the ballot. And that's ok! BRIDES, along with Rock the Vote, are here to help. Here's everything you need to know to register to vote in this election so you can say "I do" vote.
According to the Center for American Women and Politics, 64 percent of eligible women voted in the 2012 election, while only 45 percent of women 18-24 marked their ballots. We want to change that, by encouraging all women to exercise this hard-won right. More than 50 leading women's media brands have come together in an unprecedented way to share this message. We collectively believe the world is a better place when women are heard, and we want to do our part to help that happen.
How do I register to vote?
Right here! Use the handy Rock the Vote tool above to easily register to vote in November.
When do I vote?
The general election is on November 8, 2016. Some states allow for early voting. You can also request an absentee ballot in case you'll be traveling, away at college, or out of your hometown for some other reason.
Where do I vote?
CLICK HERE to find out where you vote on Election Day. Polling places are usually within walking distance of your home (unless you are in a very rural area). A polling place can be in a business, a person's house, a school, or a community center, to name a few establishments.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been stealing most of the spotlight this election cycle, as the democratic and republican (respectively) presidential nominees, but there are plenty of other folks who will show up on your ballot come November. To learn more about the election process and who is running for office check out Rock the Vote's Election Center.
And remember: Don't forget to look down the ballot after you cast your vote for our next president. There are plenty of super important senate, congressional and other races that you can vote in. Keep in mind that you're not required to vote for everything on the ballot, and if you're not sure what is on the ballot, here are some great resources you can use. Rock the Vote is the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization in the country helping to build longterm political strength for young people.