There’s no excuse not to vote

Whether it’s “I don’t have time to vote,” or “I don’t care about politics,” President Obama doesn’t believe there is any excuse not to vote, and neither should you.

On November 6, we have an opportunity to cast a vote for the candidates who will defend the issues that matter to us; the candidates who grew up where we grew up and who have gone through what we’re going through. The midterms are not just our opportunity, but indeed, our responsibility to vote in the people who have our nation’s interests at the heart of the campaign — and vote out those who don’t.

Here’s how you can get involved ahead of and on November 6:

  1. If you haven’t already, find your polling place now — Rock the Vote and Vote 411 will show you where you need to go on November 6.
  2. People are more likely to vote if a friend asks. Be that friend. Head over to Vote With Me app to see which of your friends live in swing states with competitive races and help turn out votes where it matters most!
  3. Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day. Check out The Last Weekend to get involved.
  4. Election Protection needs volunteers to help voters who may be disenfranchised, purged or otherwise pressured or harassed at the polls. Swing Left is putting volunteers to work in swing congressional districts, and Indivisible is coordinating volunteer activities in key progressive races around the country. Don’t just vote this year — volunteer!
  5. Are the polls are too far for you to get to by walking or using public transport? Cue Uber and Lyft, who will be providing free rides on Election Day! EveryUber rider in the U.S. can get to their polling place with just the push of a button.
  6. Are you a nonprofit leader, a CEO, or otherwise a decision-maker at your company? Join companies like Spotify, Evernote, Salon, theSkimm, and Fenton and let your employees #TakeOffElectionDay.
  7. And if you’re still wondering what the midterms are all about, How to Get Away with Murder’s Aja Naomi King will tell you why it’s so important that you be a voter:

This could be one of the most consequential elections in our lifetime. So much is on the line and we have a duty to show up, not just for ourselves, but for those whose voices continue to be suppressed.