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Today is Election Day in the United States. And it’s an incredibly important election! If you’re an American citizen and you’ve already voted, good for you! Now make sure all your friends and family members vote too. If you haven’t voted yet, allow me to make a few suggestions:

  • Go vote right now. Your polling place probably isn’t too far away, but if it is, you can get a cheap lift to the polls thanks to discounts from companies such as Lyft and Uber.

  • Stop whatever you’re doing and vote. In many states, employers are required by law to give employees paid time off to vote. If that won’t work for you, go as soon as you can. As long as you’re in line when the polls close, you must be permitted to cast your vote.

  • Not registered? Go anyway. In 17 states plus the District of Columbia, you can register on election day.

  • If you think your vote doesn’t matter because your district or state will definitely elect the right (or wrong) person no matter what you do, think again. Elections have been decided by a handful of votes, and surprises do occur. Sometimes the expectation that the outcome is inevitable discourages voters from showing up, and that very fact changes the outcome!

Seriously, people. VOTE.