The right to vote is the fundamental political right in our Constitutional system. It is the cornerstone of all our other basic rights. It guarantees that our democracy will be a government of the people and by the people, not just for the people.

– Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Why vote?

  • Because it’s your right.
  • Because elections can hinge on a few votes.
  • Because your future depends on it.

How to Vote?

How do I get registered?

Register to vote at Vote.org. Some states allow residents to register to vote and vote all in the same day, including Election Day. Check to see if your state allows same day voter registration here.

Where can I vote?

Once you’re registered to vote, it’s important to know where your polling place is located so you know where to go on Election Day (if you choose to vote in-person). You can find your polling place here. Keep your eyes on that web page in the days leading up to election day, as your polling place could change between now and November 3rd.

How to vote by mail?

Most states allow voters to cast their ballots before Election Day. Check to see if your state allows early voting (and, if so, for how long) here.

Learn about the history of voting and what you can do to protect and expand voting rights.

Stay up-to-date on the latest voting-related reporting.

Check out other organizations dedicated to protecting our voting rights.

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation

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