By Amrit Singh

With the election just one week away, it’s time to talk practicalities: You have to go vote. This piece isn’t going to convince you of the WHY (e.g., you don’t want to be the one at the party who said you forgot or that you don’t care enough; you don’t want to be the one in four years who can’t say they did enough). This is to tell you of the HOW. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Polling stations are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. The time for voting by mail is over, but if you don’t want to wait in line to vote at a station or can’t make it to one, many states allow EARLY VOTING. (Not all states, unfortunately — more on that below.)

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How it works: You still show up to a specified polling station, but you can do it in the days leading up to Tuesday. This way you lock in your vote, free up your schedule, and get to wear that dope “I VOTED” sticker for days in advance of the big day. Good deal.

The easiest way to find out if your state allows early voting, and the location of your early voting polling station, is to visit’s Early Voting Calendar. Plug in your address, and you’re off and running.

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For polling stations on Election Day proper, go to’s Election Day Polling Place Locator.

As mentioned, not every state allows for early voting. Here are the ones that don’t: Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington. (Possibly Montana and Oklahoma, too.) If you live in one of these states and want the ability to vote early, WRITE YOUR OFFICIALS. We need to make this process easier for everyone.

And no matter when or how you do it, make sure to do it. GO VOTE. The dirt this election has kicked up isn’t going to clean itself, and the lever you pull is the leverage you have on the entire system.