We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for those of you over 18 to vote in the primaries. Tomorrow is Super Tuesday, which means registered voters in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia need to show up to the polls.
“25 years ago, half of all 18-24 years olds voted. Today it’s less than 30%. 18 to 24 year olds represent 33% of the population, but only account of 7% of the voters. You think the government isn’t about you? How many of you have student loans to pay? How many have credit card debt? How many want clean air and clean water and civil liberties? How many want jobs? How many want kids? How many want their kids to go to good schools and walk on safe streets? Decisions are made by those who show up.”
Who wants to have reproductive rights and control over their own body? Show up for your future, gurls. FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE HERE.
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p.s. DO YOU WANT TRUMP AS PRESIDENT? WE DIDN’T THINK SO. GET TO THE POLLS.
If you live in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont or Virginia, today is your day.
GO VOTE IN YOUR PRIMARY. TODAY.
Seriously, whoever you vote for, make your voice heard. It’s important.
The American primary election process is, by any measure, arcane, drawn-out, and at times maddeningly confusing.
This Tuesday, March 1, is “Super Tuesday,” aka the “SEC Primary,” (the latter comes from a college athletics conference that includes many of the states voting). A whole slew of states are holding primaries and caucuses. I’ll address the basics of How To Caucus in a separate post — it can be a bit confusing the first time, but don’t let that deter you!
Delegates on Super Tuesday will be allotted proportionately — winner-take-all contests aren’t allowed until March 15. Some states do it directly proportional, but many have clauses where the winner will take most of the votes or candidates have to meet a certain threshold before getting delegates. The math for the Republicans, in particular, will probably get complicated.
If you want some great voter guides, Bernie Sanders’ campaign has an easy-to-use state by state breakdown [here] — you can even use it if you’re voting for Hillary! The League of Women Voters has a great non-partisan search tool as well [here], and has an awesome voter’s guide [here] to help you compare candidates — remember, you might have local races that have primaries as well! Be an informed citizen, and remember that local government often has more of an influence on your day-to-day life than the President.
Also, on Tuesday night, check out The Guardian’s live election returns page. If they continue doing what they’ve done so far, they have little animated figures of the candidates coloring in the counties they’ve won while they spout off talking points. It’s adorable and hilarious.
Answers to FAQs under the cut (corrections welcome):