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Get involved in the election like your fave Broadway stars

September 30, 2020 by Abby Bien
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On November 3, 2020 (if you’re an American above the age of 18) we hope you’ll be participating in one of the most important elections in history. Why? Because your voice matters, your passions matter, and your vote counts.

If you don’t believe us — take your fave Broadway star’s word for it. We’ve gathered all of the links, resources, and motivating Instagram posts you need to get ready for the big day. Take a look below and get to work.

When do I need to be registered to vote?

Great question. The answer: it depends. Some states will let you register up until election day while others require that you’re registered at least a month in advance (October 3). Luckily, getting your state’s details is not super complicated and there are lots of great resources out there that can answer any and all questions.

This spot on Vote Save America‘s site has a whole bunch of information. It lets you search registration deadlines by state, register, check if you’re registered, and double check if you’re registered.

Want something more straightforward? Fill out your info here on Vote.org and see if you’re registered in 30 seconds.

Ok, I’m registered. Who am I voting for?

Another great question! And one only you can answer.

Your ballot won’t only contain a spot to pick your presidential candidate. Alongside that checkbox, it’ll have a number of races listed that range from spots in your state’s senate to spots in your local school board. It’s up to you to do your research and learn about what candidates best fit the causes you care about. The best way to do this is to go to your state’s official website — make sure it ends in .gov! — and search the candidates by county.

I know who I want to vote for. Now what?

It’s time to vote.

Due to the pandemic, your job, your health, your schedule, or any other reason because all reasons here are valid — it’s possible that voting in-person is just not possible for you this year. That’s what voting by mail is for.

Here’s a list of each state’s requirements, deadlines, and details for absentee voting. Once you’ve double-checked the information there, request an absentee ballot. The day your ballot arrives, fill it out and send it back! The very same day!

If you have the time and feel like it’s safe for you to vote in-person, this is another great opportunity to go to your state’s website and find the polling locations in your county. If you need to work on November 3 or aren’t able to leave home, see if your state offers early voting and cast your vote when it’s best for you and your fam. No matter when you’re voting in-person, before you head out the door with your mask, make sure you’ve got the identification required to vote.

I’m all set to vote. Now what?

Make sure your friends and fam are ready to vote! Send your group chat this article (or text a bunch of contacts in your phone at once), talk to your grandparents about why this candidate excites you or that one worries you, share your thoughts on social media and become a resource for your followers.

Got a candidate you love? Take a look at the volunteer opportunities on their website and help them reach undecided voters. From phone banking to texting to writing postcards, there’s an option that’s perfect for every comfort level and personality.

Become a poll worker. This job is essential to election day and if you’re feeling healthy and energized, you’re the perfect person for the job.

Democracy, but make it Broadway. Upgrade your wardrobe with dancer Amanda Kloots’ t-shirt that’s perfect for the times; plus, 50% of the proceeds go here! Once you’ve got your new shirt on, get political from your couch with a streamed and star-studded (hello Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick, Vanessa Williams, and more) performance of the political play The Best Man or watch Heidi Schreck’s groundbreaking What the Constitution Means to Me on Amazon Prime starting October 16.

How can someone under 18 get involved?

Incredible question.

If you’re under 18, you are the perfect candidate for poll working. Click Beanie Feldstein’s post above to see how you can help keep your local election running smoothly and for as long as it needs to on November 3.

Even better: all of the options in the section above — reaching out to help friends and fam register, working with your fave candidate, interacting online, constantly learning more — these are all things that you can do no matter your age.

Follow activists and actors like Erika Henningsen, Reneé Rapp, Celia Rose Gooding, and Rachel Zegler to see how they’re getting involved and join the fight right alongside them.

Sounds like you’re all set. Before you go, don’t forget:

This is one of the most important elections of our lifetime. The future of theater depends on legislation, funding, and support from the government. Your vote can help protect all of that (and way more). So if you want the theater to get the support it needs during this intermission and to come back safer and stronger than before, make sure you have a voting plan for November 3.