Ballot box in front of American flag.

You want to take part in the voting process. It is a right AND a responsibility.

Estimates are that about 58% of Americans eligible to vote did so in the 2016 national elections.

The insidious resignation that makes us feel like it is optional, or that "My vote won't matter," or "My state is already so red/blue I can't make a difference" doesn't really bear weight when it comes to considering your personal impact on the world. 

It's just resignation - you've dealt with THAT before!

It's not bad or wrong, but it IS a missed opportunity.

So the big question: ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

Have you moved and re-registered with your current address?

Does your community require re-registration after a certain period of time?

Do you not remember if you did it?

Have you recently come to your 18th birthday/voting age in the United States?

Use this simple link to CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION you need to register?

Each state has different dates on the calendar for the cutoff for registration prior to a particular election.

Use THIS LINK to find the voter registration deadlines in YOUR state.

To register, just go here and do it online.

You'll start by choosing your state of residence and go from there.

You can, of course, also register in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office, Armed Services Recruitment Centers, or State and County Public Assistance Offices (SNAP/food stamps, WIC, services for the disabled).

Are you military or overseas?

Feel free to request an ABSENTEE BALLOT at THIS LINK.


The chart at THIS LINK shows the distinct rules and procedures for every state. 


It is truly one of the easier processes in our system.

And really not loaded with regret. The candidates and measures you support may not win at the ballot box, but you won't regret voting for them, and taking part, and taking a stand for the stewardship of our world.

THANK YOU for being a part of this with us!

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About The Author

Andrew Mersmann's picture

Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation ( and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project ( Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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