As American citizens, we have been given the right to vote for state and national leaders. Although voting can seem overwhelming, it’s important that every registered voter takes the time to study the issues and decide which candidate best aligns with their views. With our next election right around the corner, it’s time to think about how you’re going to vote, and if you’re ready. As a senior, it may be difficult to get to a voting booth and even more difficult if there are long lines to wait in. Fortunately, there are other options that don’t require going alone or leaving the house.

Voting Options for Seniors

Have a Loved One Take You

If you have low mobility, it may be difficult for you to drive to your local voting poll. If you have family or friends nearby, ask if you can get a ride with them. An added bonus of going with someone you know is they can wait in line for you!

Early Voting

Sometimes, early voting is the best option for seniors. It will help you avoid traffic and long lines the day of the election. So if you are worried about waiting in large crowds, early voting may be the best option for you, and put less strain on you and your caregiver if they need to accompany you.

Absentee Ballot

Absentee voting is for those who can’t or don’t want to go to their local polling place on election day. For seniors with limited mobility or a disability, this is a great option. Every state has their own rules and regulations for absentee voting, so if you’re unsure about your states rules, is a great resource for information.

Tips to Make Voting Easier

Make Sure You’re Registered to Vote

If you are unsure if you are registered to vote or you need to register, this website will help you find your states registration requirements and inform you if you are registered or not. Finding out if you are registered before hand will help the voting process go smoothly, and you will avoid scrambling to get registered.

Find Out Where You Vote

Before you vote, research where the nearest voting poll location is near you. Many times it’s a local school or community center. If you don’t know where your voting poll is, the internet is a great resource. Just type into google “Where Do I Vote,” and it will give you a bar where you can enter your address and then tell you the voting locations near you.

Make a Plan to Vote

Before voting day, look at your calendar and pencil in a time to vote. If you don’t set aside time to vote, you may find that your day slips away from you, and before you know it, the polls have closed. If you plan a time to go vote, it will also make it easier to coordinate transportation to the polls.

The ability to vote for our next president is a great opportunity to show your support and influence our government leadership. If you don’t know who to vote for, is a great website to help you know with candidate is closest to your ideals.