By Kristin Silvia
By now, you’ve registered to vote, right? You printed your registration form and mailed it into your local city hall, or you dropped it off in person while you were on your lunch break or after your morning classes had wrapped up for the day. Maybe you’ve already gotten your letter in the mail, thanking you for taking the time to register and for taking advantage of your constitutional right. You’re feeling pretty good. You made the time, you’re participating.
But now what?
Maybe this is your first time voting. Or maybe it’s been a while, because you’re a busy person and only make time for the presidential campaign. Either way, you’re a little confused as to where you’re supposed to go to vote. Registering is the easy part. Everyone can find their way to City Hall. But in a city like Danbury, where there are a total of seven voting locations, it can be a little frustrating trying to figure out where to go. Maybe frustrating enough to make you go, to hell with it, I’m not going to bother.
Don’t do that. Do this instead:
There are several sites on the internet dedicated to helping voters find their way to the polls because they know how important it is for you to get there. Take advantage of them! Vote411.org gives you personalized voting information when you enter your street address. It reminds you of upcoming elections and voting deadlines, allows you to verify your registration status, and last but not least of all, reminds you of your voting location-complete with an address to plug into your GPS and hours of operation so that you don’t miss your chance to vote.
Your vote does matter! Make sure to register; your deadline to register is October 30th by person, and October 23rd postmarked by mail. Be there November 6th at you local voting station to cast your vote! To help promote the 2012 election, WCSU students in the Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process Department's Advertising, Copywriting and Promotions class created a Twitter page. Also check out their blogs at www.danbury.patch.com. Get educated on whom to vote for by visiting our Facebook page.