Let's get something straight:
Donald Trump is a threat to life, liberty, and prosperity.
But Gen-Z is rising up.
And we will vote him out.
This is the HALOSCOPE Disorientation Guide. We've compiled all the resources you need to get to the polls (either through mail or IRL) this November.
Feeling stuck? Navigate the site below.
The past four years have erected more damage than anyone could have imagined when Donald Trump was inaugurated in 2016. Over 190,000 Americans are dead from COVID-19, which Trump himself admits to downplaying. The country, however, is actually facing several pandemics, exacerbated by this presidency. The Black Lives Matter movement has reinvigorated its fervor after the deaths of Ahmaud Arbury, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor demonstrated the fatal racial bias in policing as well as the justice system. Donald Trump believes that it is best to employ the military against protesters fighting for Black lives, putting more people in harm’s way. This truly illustrates that Donald Trump is fighting against the people, rather than for our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
Voting out Donald Trump will not miraculously solve all the world’s problems. However, it is essential to have a president who is willing to listen to the people. We cannot continue to move backward as a country and watch protections for marginalized groups be stripped away as the rich white men consolidate their wealth and power. Progressiveness, in any form, will save the lives of many, while affording opportunities to those continuously disenfranchised by our country. Therefore, it is the responsibility of those who can legally use their voices to take part in the act of democracy.
Unfortunately, these events from the last few months are just a microcosm of the detrimental effect Trump has had on America. His 576-mile-long border wall has cost the country $11 billion, not to mention the xenophobia and racism that has affected the lives of racial and ethnic minorities within the country. The family separations at the border have traumatized parents and children alike, as the detention camps are extremely inhumane, even comparable to prisons. However, Trump’s inflictions have not just hurt those in America. He has been drone striking foreign nations at rates never before seen, with fewer rules and accountability. The amount of pain caused by his lack of care for immigrants and people of color, in general, can never be quantified, but the amount will continue to grow as long as he is in power.
Registering to vote is the first step everyone can take to prepare for the upcoming election.
Below are resources that will guide you through this crucial step, whether it be in person or online.
GETTING REGISTERED TO VOTE
Make sure you meet the requirements to vote and have valid identification (can include a copy of a paycheck, the stimulus check, current and valid photo ID, etc)
Scroll to page 3 (8th page in total)
Find your state (includes DC)
Fill it out according to your state’s exact guidelines
Turn it in according to your state’s guidelines - if mailed, use the correct amount of postage.
WANT TO REGISTER ONLINE?
Check this list to see if your state allows voting registration online - all but one have links to a specific site to register in your state.
Registering to vote online can be a safer option, especially for people who cannot compromise their health. It is worth it to check!
WANT TO REGISTER TO VOTE IRL?
To register to vote in person, use this drop-down menu to find the closest State or Local election office to register.
Registering to vote in person can be easier, as there will be a person there to guide you through the steps. Precautions will be taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19, so make sure to bring a mask!
Absentee voting is crucial for this election, especially for those who cannot afford to risk their health. If you, or anyone you know, do not feel comfortable voting in person, make sure to register for an absentee ballot. There are different ways to sign up, mostly depending on your state. These two resources should make it a breeze.
HERE'S THE DEAL
This resource provides information on how to request an absentee ballot in each state.
Select your state in the drop-down menu, and it will take you to your state’s website where it provides information on how to request the ballot, requirements for absentee voting, where to pick up, track, and return this ballot, and anything else you would need to know.
The US Vote Foundation has resources to help you request an absentee ballot, too— just fill out the form on their site.
EARLY VOTING IS CRUCIAL.
Use this guide to see if your state offers an early voting period. Just in case something happens the day of the election, it could be valuable to use this option. If you decide to vote early, check when early in-person voting begins and ends.
HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?
The following is a government website with all the resources needed to help you register to vote, including a live chat and videos.
BECOME A POLL WORKER
Because of the pandemic, there’s a shortage of poll workers for the coming election. We need young people who have a lower risk of catching the virus to step up and make sure the election runs smoothly and every vote is counted. It's also worth mentioning that poll workers get PPE, training, and are paid in most districts!
FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE
It’s important to know your polling place before election day so there’s no confusion the day of where to go. Choose your state in the dropdown menu and you should be redirected to your state’s Voter Registration Lookup.
USING A SAMPLE BALLOT LOOKUP
A sample ballot lookup is a resource you can use to view the list of candidates that will be on your ballot on election day. This includes state legislative, statewide, and congressional races, as well as the presidential race. Using a sample ballot lookup can be helpful before election day so you can do research on each candidate and know exactly who you're voting for.
For voters with disabilities, if you’d like, you have the right to seek assistance from the poll workers at your polling place or bring someone with you to help you vote.
Before casting your ballot, it’s important to research the policies of the candidates. For the presidential election, take a look at Joe Biden’s policies on his website. Biden is pro-BLM, pro-LGBTQ rights, pro- raising taxes on the 1%, pro-immigration, and pro- erasing college debt.
I’m voting for Joe Biden because there’s no other option.
Red skies on the west coast.
Forced hysterectomies on detained immigrant women.
Black folks in an ardent fight for their right to life.
Two hundred thousand American lives lost to an uncontrolled pandemic.
Rampant white supremacy.
Trans and non-binary folks afraid to walk on the street.
People who menstruate fighting for their right to abort their pregnancy.
Billionaires continue to make billions of dollars during a pandemic, while one in six Americans are jobless.
Widespread antisemitism and islamophobia.
27 million Americans without health insurance.
Rolled back discrimination protections for LGBT workers.
The life expectancy of black trans women at 35.
If Trump wanted to return America to its “glorious” past, he succeeded.
This has always been America. But a vote for Joe Biden is a vote for life.
He is no progressive, but with Joe Biden we can create a progressive vision of society, continuing to organize and speak out against the establishment.
I’m begging you.
Vote for Joe Biden.
IN THIS ELECTION, VOTING IS LIFE OR DEATH.
For young people, it’s the opportunity to vote for a future we believe in: one that’s inclusive, sustainable, and free-thinking.
Taking this opportunity to make our voices heard is protection for our democracy, our communities, and ourselves.
Please register to vote. We’re counting on you.
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