By Emily Catuccio ’17
Don’t be overwhelmed at the polls on November 8th
Ten voting tips to help you out:
- Do your candidate research! You’ve been hearing things about the presidential candidates for months now, but have you done enough research on the policies they’d like to enact? You only get to vote once, so make it count.
- Don’t forget to research the local candidates, as well, because they may have more of an affect on your everyday life.
- Make sure you know where the polls are located. Here in Rindge, our polling center (where to vote) is Rindge Memorial School, located at 58 School Street.
- Plan out how you’re going to get to the polling place. Franklin Pierce offers its students rides to the polls, which will leave from the Glass Foyer on Tuesday, November 8th approximately every 20 minutes.
- The Rindge polling center will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on November 8th.
- If you’re not registered to vote, don’t panic. New Hampshire has a same day registration policy, so if you haven’t gotten around to it yet, you can do it on Election Day.
- As a college student, you can register to vote in New Hampshire even if you’re not a New Hampshire resident. The poll workers will help you register, but you’ll need both your state issued ID and your Franklin Pierce ID.
- If you already are registered to vote in your state, but can’t get back there for election day, you still don’t need to worry. You can fill out an absentee ballot form and send it in by mail. To do this, go online to your individual state Secretary of State website, print out the absentee ballot, fill it out, and mail it in to your town hall before or on November 8th.
- Bring a photo ID even if you are registered. You will need to show ID to vote!
- Know that your vote is important even though you may feel that it’s not. As citizens it is our right to vote, so go out and exercise that right.