Heading down to the Community Center to vote today? Good. Now, I want you to ask yourself a few simple questions, and hold yourself accountable to your answers:
Where is the Community Center? It’s down the hill, behind the KAC, but I want you to picture it. Which precinct do you report to once you get there? (Everything north of Aclands is in Gambier A, Aclands and everything south of them are in Gambier B. Check the link to confirm your polling location.)
When are you going? Were you planning on voting right before your afternoon workout, or after your morning exam? When does your spare half-hour usually fall? Polls are open between 6:30 am and 7:30 pm; it’s fast, it’s easy and even if you have work to do you definitely have the time.
How are you getting there? Are you driving? Are you walking? Are you riding down in one of the shuttles leaving from Peirce? Are you going by yourself, or with a group of friends?
What do you need to do in order to be ready to vote once you get there? Have you printed your proof-of-address (if not, you can find it by searching your email history for ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’)? If you don’t have it, do you remember the last four digits of your Social Security Number?
These questions may seem patronizing, but your answers are important (you don’t have to tell me, or anyone, but you have to know them). If you are an athlete, you already know the advantages of visualizing yourself at peak performance; the same holds true for voting. You don’t want to realize at 9pm tonight that you no longer have a chance to do that thing you’ve been forgetting about all day: voting. When you visualize the when, where and how of the process, that is far less likely to happen.
So, to recap:
- Polls are open today from 6:30 am til 7:30 pm
- Voting is taking place at the Gambier Community Center (115 Meadow Lane)
- Shuttles will be leaving from Peirce all day
- Bring your proof-of-address; if you don’t have it, make sure you remember the last four digits of your Social Security Number
Make a plan and hold yourself accountable. Your community is depending on you.