How To Vote If This Is Your First Time Voting

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Is this your first time voting? Awesome! If you’re not sure how to vote, let me take you through the five easy steps:

1. Get Excited!
Voting is pretty freaking exciting. No, that’s not just my opinion, it’s true. I mean, think about it–less than 100 years ago, women weren’t allowed to vote at all. Our great grandmothers and great aunts and other well, great women fought long and hard for our right to have a say in how our country is run because voting is important. This is your chance to stand up and let your voice (or um, ballot) be heard. You and your opinions are super important, and today celebrates that–so do it up, girl! Wear something awesome to the polls. Blast it out on Facebook and Tweet your heart out about who you’re rooting for. It’s your right!

2. Find Your Polling Place
The second step of how to vote is knowing where to vote. No, you can’t just wander into a post office or to the court house and say you want to vote–everybody has a designated polling place (or V-Spot) as Justin Long likes to call it. Not sure where to vote? Watch this message from Justin and then text VSPOT to 38383 to find out where to go.

3. Bring An ID If You Need To
A few states require that voters bring an ID with them to the polls. Check here to see what you need to have with you (if anything). Here in New York, where I voted this morning, no ID was needed!

4. Wear Comfortable Shoes
Depending on where you vote and what time of day you go to the poll, the hardest part of how to vote might actually be waiting in line. I only had to wait about 30 minutes this morning, but I’d wait hours if I had to. Voting really is that important. And, come on. If you can wait in line for hours to ride a roller coaster at an amusement park or to get the latest iPhone, I’m pretty sure you can wait in line to help elect the best President for our country.

4. Bring An ID If You Need To
A few states require that voters bring an ID with them to the polls. Check here to see what you need to have with you (if anything). Here in New York, where I voted this morning, no ID was needed!

5. Fill Out Your Ballot
When you get to the front of the line, someone will check your name on a list and give you a ballot. How to vote with this thing? It’s simple! Head to one of the private voting areas (they’ll tell you where to go!) and fill in the bubbles right above the names of the candidates you support. They even provide a pen for you! When you’re done, someone will direct you to a machine where your ballot will be scanned. Presto–you’re done!

Obviously, if one of the hardest things about how to vote is that you should wear comfy shoes, it’s not that hard to vote! Don’t take your rights for granted, girl. Get out there and let your voice be heard!

Have you already voted today? Are you helping tell other people how to vote? Tell me in the comments!

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