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Julie McKinney, MS
October 23, 2020

Voting in 2020: Here are some tips to do it right and make sure your vote counts!

This year, voting may be trickier. See our other blog to learn more.Click here to learn about your state’s process and deadlines. That will also show you how to contact your local election office. You can call them if you have any questions!

This year, voting may be trickier. See our other blog to learn more. 


Voting by mail is safe and easy. But you do have to make sure to fill out your ballot correctly, sign the envelope and get it in on time. 

  • Read the directions carefully!

  • Fill out the circles completely!

  • Check the back of the page. (There may be more candidates or some Questions that your state is voting on.)

  • Sign the envelope! Some states require a witness to also sign.

  • Get it in on time! 

  • See this 1-minute video to see how it’s done. (Note: your state may have different deadlines or rules about witnesses.)


The biggest reasons why some mail-in ballots are not counted are because they are not signed, or they arrive late. Find out your state’s deadlines and make sure to plan ahead to get your ballot in on time. Look up your state’s rules here. Some have a deadline for the ballot to be postmarked and some have a deadline for the ballot to arrive . Find out for sure! 

Remember, you can put it in the mail or in the official, secure drop box at your local election office. 

In person

  • Remember you can vote early in most states! This can be safer because the lines will not be as long.

  • Wear a mask to stay safe!

  • If you have a disability, there are rules to make it easier. Look up your state’s rules here. For example, you should NOT have to wait in line! Click here for some tips.

  • If anyone intimidates you or tries to prevent you from registering or voting, call the Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-687-8683

Ballots are tricky!

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Whether you vote by mail or in person, each local area may have a different type of ballot. If you have any questions about how to fill it out, don’t guess–ask for help!

  • Mail-in ballots: call your local election office.

  • In-person voting: ask the people who check you in.

More resources:

  • Julie McKinney, MS

    Director of Product Content and Health Literacy Specialist

    Julie McKinney is a health literacy expert with extensive experience writing and revising health information for audiences with lower literacy skills. She has a BS from Brown University and an MS from Northeastern. As a parent of a child with a disability, Julie also has a personal understanding of the barriers that complex health information presents, and a heartfelt appreciation for information that is easy to understand and use.

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