How to Vote in This Election

How and where do I start to vote in this election?

Follow these simple 5 steps to vote in this election.

  1. Find your voter registration status

Make sure you are eligible to vote, and maintain an active voter registration status. Different states have various requirements and process in registering voters. Please check our Voter Registration page for more details.

  1. Find the voting dates, hours and locations

Find and visit your local county election office website, or from your local county political parties, such as the Democratic or Republican parties websites/Facebook, to find out early voting dates, hours, locations, and other details. Check the dates, hours, and locations to see which one is convenient to you.

If you are applying for Absentee-Ballot or Mail-In-Ballot, be sure to know the deadline of application, and fill the application ahead of time, so you won't miss getting the ballot on time. If you don't receive the ballot on time, call your county election office to follow up. If you still don't receive the ballot, you can always vote in person.

  1. Find the sample ballot, who and what are up for election

A good starting point to find what and who are on your ballots is the voter guide website You can enter your address, and it will list the positions and candidates, along with polling locations and hours.

You can also visit your local county election office website, make sure you download the sample ballot. Your local county political parties, such as the Democratic or Republican parties websites/Facebook also have the information on what and who are up for election.

  1. Find out who you are voting for

Pick the candidates you want to vote, by following our page of "How to pick candidates".

*Be sure to vote "down ballot"

Make sure you pick candidates for all the positions, or vote "all the way down the ballot". This is very important to candidates who are running for positions in the local areas, such as school districts, city council, or county levels. These positions are more relevant to your daily life as they affect the local policies and issues, more than the US presidents or state senators. Very often people only pick the presidential candidates and top ballot positions, and forget to vote all the way down.

*Print out your sample ballot

Mark your picked candidates on your sample ballot, print it out, and plan to bring it with you, if you will vote in person. You may only bring paper copies and not electronics such as a cell phone with you when you vote in person. This depends on the rules set up by your county and state election office. Make sure you know the rules or ask your county election office if you are not sure.


If you plan to vote by mail, you can fill out and mark your Mail-in-Ballot and make sure you follow the requirements. Signature must be put on the ballot (see your state requirement). Please check the instruction and follow the requirements for the Mail-In-Ballot in your state. Read our page on "Vote-By-Mail" to find out more.

  1. Make a voting plan, and go out to vote

Make a plan of when and where you are going to vote. Make sure you know what voter ID you need to bring. Read our page on Voter ID requirement.

Research has shown, voters who have made a plan to vote early will be more likely to vote successfully. Those who wait till the last minute may end up with missing the time, or having to wait in long lines.

Because of the COVID condition, we highly recommend you vote early and get ready to vote. Do not wait to the last min on the last day (the Election Day).

If you are sending Mail-In-Ballot, make sure you check the deadline and time required to send in the ballot. Again, do not wait till the last day, as mail delay and other mishaps can make you miss the vote.

  1. Voter Protection & know your rights

In case your run into situations of voter intimidation, voter suppression, unexpected problems, etc, be sure record the situation on photo, video, voice, and post on your social media if needed.

You can call your county election office to report the incident, or contact local voter protection organizations with local hotlines. Your local democratic party is a good place to check in and get help as well. Read our page on "Voter Suppression" to know the basics of protecting your voting rights.

Have more questions? Read our FAQs page for voters, or feel free to contact us.