The 2022 midterms are our chance to send a clear message that we’re not going back to slashed budgets and harmful policies that leave too many students behind.

Make sure you know your voting rights, then get ready to vote with our step-by-step guide.

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Make sure you’re registered!

If it’s been a while since you’ve voted (or even if it hasn’t), now’s the time to make sure you’re registered at your current address. Many states cut off new voter registration several weeks before Election Day, so don’t put it off. Remember to make sure your address is up to date while you’re at it.

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Request or track a mail-in ballot

Depending on which state you live in, you can either drop your ballot off in person or mail it in. Getting your vote in well ahead of Election Day gives you peace of mind and voting by mail is a great way to avoid a last-minute in-person rush.

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Preview your ballot

Before you head to the polls or fill out your mail-in ballot, familiarize yourself with who’s on your ballot—and see which pro-public education candidates are recommended by NEA.

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Locate your polling place/Check your voting deadline

If you choose to vote in person, find where your polling place is located right now. (It may have changed since the last time you voted!) If you’re voting absentee, check your ballot for a dropoff location or, if you intend to mail in your ballot, find the address and the date by which it must be postmarked.

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Sign up for reminders

With all of the prep work you’ve done, it would be a shame if you missed the big day! To be sure your vote is counted, sign up for voting reminders. You can opt to receive them by email or text.

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Help spread the word

Encourage your friends to make their own vote plan with a customized “I made a plan to vote” graphic (pictured) you can share on Facebook and Twitter.

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