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Do You Know When Your Next Chance To Vote Is? (Hint: It Might Be Soon!)

by Countable | 9.20.17

What’s the story?

For a participatory democracy, the United States sure makes it hard to participate, at least when it comes to voting. Every state has its own system for registration and primary rules, its own structure for organizing towns, cities and counties.

TurboVote, a program of non-profit Democracy Works, is looking to make things easier, creating online access to voting registration information, absentee ballots, and election schedules. Once you sign up, their system provides you with links to everything you need to start voting and emails or texts you reminders so you never miss an election.

They’re bringing voting into the 21st century, and we here at Countable are so excited!

Why does it matter?

Why is voting so hard? I recently missed an election because in the small city and county I live in, my city ward number and county district number are different. I had no idea.

That information probably came on the postcard I got from the local Board of Elections confirming my registration when I moved. Who reads those things?

TurboVote could have helped me. I would have received a text, reminding me that I was eligible to vote in the current election.

I can’t always guarantee I read my snail mail, but I always read my texts.

Federal, state and local elections are a lot to keep track of, but it’s also a lot of opportunities to make your voice heard, and to be counted. Isn’t that why you’re here? To be Countable?

Sign up with TurboVote today and you’ll always be counted.

Democracy will never be the same, but, y’know, in a good way.

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— Asha Sanaker

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  • Isaac
    09/20/2017
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    Participatory democracy is a conservative's worst nightmare. Because they know they will never get elected if every vote is counted.

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  • Buffy
    09/20/2017
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    Guys, the actual voting isn't through turbovote, turbovote just organizes the info for your voting and then tells you when you can vote and your information, it does nothing to the actual voting process. Or atleast that's what I got out of the article

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  • Chris
    09/20/2017
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    The Russians hacked the last election and you want to put our elections online? Let's go back to paper ballots.

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  • Robert
    09/20/2017
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    2018 on the way it be a good year to vote everyone out

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  • Kenneth
    09/20/2017
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    You Republicans in congress must stop making it harder to for common people to vote. This country was founded on by the people and for the people. The way it is now is, "with liberty and justice for all rich white people"!

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  • Claudia
    09/20/2017
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    Local and primary elections, along with paper ballets, are the best way to turn this mess around.

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  • Pamela
    09/20/2017
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    I signed up! I've never missed an election at the local, state, or federal level since I turned 18 and certainly don't want to start now. Love the reminder idea.

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  • Azrael
    09/20/2017
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    Yes I do I know if trump care passes no incumbent in this state will be reelected I still Always a sure sign an election is coming in nj, Politicians use their sick children in ads This should be forbidden

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  • Cris-Gato
    09/20/2017
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    The sooner we vote in representatives in to impeach Trump and get single payer healthcare the better.

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  • Dawn
    09/20/2017
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    I signed up!

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  • James
    09/20/2017
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    Sounds like it might be a great info portal with reminders. Sounds good. Now it's time to make voting easier at the state level.

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  • Claude
    09/20/2017
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    A move in the needed direction. We must stop all forms of voter suppression and making it hard to get info, to register, to find the polling places, all forms of suppression. It's not a final answer just a step forward.

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  • James
    09/20/2017
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    The only thing that is going to stop this from happening again, is back to paper ballots & ridding ourselves of the outdated Electoral College, where you choose to live, shouldn't make your vote stronger than any other vote.

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  • Mindful
    09/20/2017
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    I signed-up for Turbo Vote. Did you?

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  • Jacob
    09/20/2017
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    Anything we can do to make this better is welcome in my opinion. If "Didn't Vote" had been an actual option on the ballot in 2016, it would now be our President. Now don't get me wrong - that would have been better than what we ended up with, but still!

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  • Laura
    09/20/2017
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    This sounds like a great idea. I'll definitely check it out. I've never missed a state or federal election that I know of but have had a couple of local elections slip past me over the years so a friendly reminder is sure to be helpful. Of course we should all stay informed and on top of things on our own, but everyone is so busy anymore. Apps like Countable and TurboVote that can help out by putting so much information in one place on our phones or laptops are awesome as far as I'm concerned. As to the separate concern several Countable members have mentioned regarding actual voting and types of ballots, my vote is for paper ballots that are scanned into machines and counted to prevent human error (or mischief) while retaining the actual paper ballots for recounts if needed. I know paper ballots are probably more expensive, but worth the cost when our democracy could be at stake. Ballots and voting aren't really the question here, but that's my take on the subject nonetheless.

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  • Alfred
    09/21/2017
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    Everyone, no matter their political persuasion, loves to gripe about the way things are in America. From health care to immigration to term limits to taxes, neither side is happy. Neither side thinks their voices are heard. But think about this: In the last presidential election, one of the most hotly contested, controversial elections in our history, one on which an estimated $5 Billion was spent, 46.6% of the eligible voters DIDN'T VOTE! That means that the winner was chosen by 11.9% of the eligible voters. And when you consider that the top 1% can buy legislatures and executives legally now, it's easy to see why our elected officials seem to pay no mind to what most people want. JMHO

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  • jweland
    09/21/2017
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    Sounds like it might be a great info portal with reminders. Sounds good. Now it's time to make voting easier at the state level.

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  • Christine
    09/20/2017
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    this sounds like a great idea.

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  • Jackie
    09/21/2017
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    Sometimes I miss the smaller elections because I don't register a party so this will help me know when to vote for them.

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