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Are You Ready for Election Day?

Tuesday is Election Day. It seems like every recent election has been powerfully important to working people, and 2018 is certainly no exception. Are you ready? Have you prepared everything you need in order to make sure that you can use the power of your voice? 

Earlier this week, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined other advocates for working people on a tele-town hall, emphasizing the importance you, as a voter, have on the outcome of this election:

You have the power to write the next chapter of the American story....You are our most powerful asset. You can make the difference in this election...this is the moment where we determine our future. This is the moment you’ll look back on. Don’t let yourself wonder if you could have done more.

Are you ready to do your part? We're in the last days before the election, so the top thing left to do for most people is to actually cast their ballot. Here's what you can do:

1. Make a plan to vote: The simple fact is that people who make a plan are more likely to vote. When are you voting? Where are you voting? What do you need to bring with you to the polling location? These and other questions need to be answered before Election Day, so you can make sure that your vote is counted. We can help: Visit aflcio.org/plan.

2. Know who you're voting for: Don't wait until you arrive at the polling booth to know what's on your ballot. If you want to maximize the impact of your vote, you need to know which candidates and ballot initiatives are supported by working people. We can help: Visit MyUnionMyVote.org to find a list of the endorsed candidates in your area. You also can read more about the best candidates for working people in our blog series, which highlights dozens of worker-champions across the country.

3. Know your rights: Not a week has gone by this year without some kind of attempt to deny people the right to vote. We've been fighting back against those efforts all year, but lots of money and energy is being put into voter suppression in 2018. Voting is a right and you need to know what your rights are. We can help: Read our blog post on what to do if you are turned away at the polls. If you have any problems trying to vote or have more questions, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or visit 866OurVote.org.

4. Help others: If you've already voted or plan to vote, you can expand the impact your voice has on this election. There are still GOTV-related events happening across the country. Phone banks, canvasing and other related activities will be ongoing until the polls close. We can help: Click here and type in your ZIP code to find events near you.

You still have time to make sure that your voice is heard in this election. Are you ready?