Have you voted yet today? I was at my polling location at the 6 a.m. opening time after — literally — no sleep at all. Zero minutes of sleep!
I was standing in the line that had already formed, by a wall adorned with “Vote Here” signs — feeling a little irritable due to exhaustion — when a guy came up to me and asked, “Is this the line to vote?” I was so tempted to reply, “No, man, Dunkin’ Donuts is just straight fire this morning!” (I nodded isntead.)
Make sure you get to your polling place in time! As long as you get there before the official closing time, you MUST be allowed to vote. If anyone tries to prevent you from voting, DM @electionland on Twitter. There are thousands of journalists looking out for voter intimidation and interference. Also, if you’re told your name isn’t on the rolls, don’t panic. First, make sure you’re in the right place. (I was in the correct location but originally sent to the wrong table for my election district.) If you’re truly not listed, you can cast a provisional ballot.
To encourage you to do your civic duty, here is Madonna in the first “Rock the Vote” public service announcement from 1990.
If you don’t vote, you’re going to get a spanking!