Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

14 Voter Registration Deadlines Tomorrow! Are you Registered Yet?

Fourteen states have voter registration deadlines tomorrow, with an additional 13 or so deadlines in the following week. Above are the deadlines for every state (via Vox). Make sure you are registered, especially if you have moved recently or if you have never voted before, and if you aren’t yet registered, check your state’s local government website right now to learn how to register before it’s too late.

If you are registered to vote and you’d like to receive a little surprise from me in the mail, leave a comment below (ideally saying why voting is important to you). If there are multiple comments, I’ll do a number generator (at 9 am tomorrow) to choose one person, and I’ll reach out to get your mailing address. This is by the honor system — I’m going to trust you’ll only comment if you are actually registered to vote. If you have never, ever voted before and you are registered and plan to vote for the first time in November, I especially want to hear from you!

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    _s_ October 8, 2018, 10:42 am

    You bet your ass I’m going to vote. All the memes, hashtags, protests, T-shirts, social media posts, etc. don’t mean squat if you don’t VOTE!!! We don’t need a revolution to overturn the existing government. We just need 100% voter turnout.

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    Boobs Magee October 8, 2018, 11:33 am

    I will never, ever, ever understand the people (and there are MANY) that don’t practice their right to vote, for whatever reason. To me, it shows apathy and/or a horrible lack of awareness. Harsh or not, I can’t deal with that mindset, and I distance myself from those individuals.

    You better believe I’m going to vote, and I have no qualms about vote-shaming anyone who doesn’t.

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    Kate October 8, 2018, 12:55 pm

    Yes! I moved in May and changed my address with the USPS and the DMV and am registered in Cambridge MA. I voted in the primaries on Sept 4.

    Several evenings when I’ve gotten off the train and up the escalator, there are volunteers asking if everyone is registered, and I guess signing you up if you aren’t. Which is good because it’s a neighborhood where a lot of students and young people move every fall, so I bet a lot of them weren’t registered yet.

    I know Elizabeth Warren lives a block from the school I vote at, so I hope to see her in November. She wasn’t there last month.

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      Kate October 8, 2018, 12:57 pm

      Oh, and voting is important to me because all the freedoms and equalities that women and minorities have achieved over my parents’ and my lifetimes cannot be taken away. We can’t go back.

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    jamie5015 October 8, 2018, 12:59 pm

    I’m registered, voted in the primary and I’m ready to vote now! We have a ballot proposal to address gerrymandering which has a MUCH longer reach than some of the actual elected positions (for now). Also, I live in Michigan and there is going to be turnover on the Michigan State University board of trustees. One of the candidates is a professional acquaintance of mine and she is taking it by storm!! I’ve never actually been excited to vote for a University trustee before. The Nassar case has really shaken stuff up.

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    Kristin October 8, 2018, 1:01 pm

    Of course I am registered!! I want to be part of this amazing place we live. I want my voice to be heard and I want to be able to say “I helped with that”

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    Dear Wendy October 8, 2018, 1:19 pm

    Keep ’em coming! I think I’m going to send something from a recent (or maybe upcoming) Wendy’s Picks to whomever is selected.

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    Deigh October 8, 2018, 1:42 pm

    I’m registered. I’m trying to push my partner into registering – he’s a “never voted before” guy. His deadline is tomorrow according to your chart so I’m not sure I’ll win this one. I’m furious with him about it but I can’t get him to vote. I haven’t missed an election in years and he won’t even go.

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      Dear Wendy October 8, 2018, 2:14 pm

      Make him an offer he can’t refuse! Come on, you can do it! We don’t change anything trying to get old white people/ Trump supporters to go blue; we change by getting non-voters to get up off their butts and VOTE. Keep working on him!!

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        Boobs Magee October 8, 2018, 2:30 pm

        EXACTLY!!!

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        Deigh October 8, 2018, 5:21 pm

        I’m not giving up. We’ve fought and fought about this. He claims “my vote doesn’t make a difference” which is totally wrong. I told him last night he is the epitome of white man privilege with this attitude. It doesn’t affect him so he doesn’t vote. I’ll fight with him again tonight. I downloaded the form and sent it to him last weekend. It’s infuriating.

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      Copa October 8, 2018, 3:14 pm

      What’s his reason for not voting? I’m honestly so turned off by non-voters.

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        Deigh October 8, 2018, 5:23 pm

        He says it doesn’t matter because he lives in a red state and “one vote isn’t going to make a difference.” That’s so not true because lots of one votes add up.

        It’s the first time in our relationship where we hit an impasse like this. I’ve been on him about this since the 2016 election and he will NOT give in. I told him to register and get the absentee form and I’ll vote for him if he’s this inconvenienced by having to go to a place to vote.

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        Copa October 9, 2018, 10:37 am

        Yeah, I mean, I’ve heard that before and kinda get it, but I’ll always still want to vote. I really like voting. I think it’s important, I think it’s fun, it makes me feel proud.

        Both of my serious/long-term exes didn’t vote and I remember thinking WTF? One was truly apathetic, and if I met someone that apathetic now, I’d be truly turned off.

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        Boobs Magee October 9, 2018, 11:12 am

        @Copa – Yeah, I’m totally with you. See my comment above.

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      saneinca October 8, 2018, 5:59 pm

      You said your piece. Made your effort. Now respect his wishes and leave him alone.
      Otherwise you will become as annoying as those proselytizing Christians.

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        Dear Wendy October 8, 2018, 7:11 pm

        Be annoying, so what.

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        Deigh October 9, 2018, 9:50 am

        What? No. Not to get contentious but no. This issue isn’t over. His wishes are that he doesn’t want to fight the traffic to go register. Sorry, that isn’t a good reason abdicate your responsibility.

        He may not make it to register today since he has meetings. But now that I have the deadline for his state, he’ll make it before the next election or the one after that. This is important.

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      Bittergaymark October 8, 2018, 11:18 pm

      Tell him you don’t ever fuck non-voters…

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        Deigh October 9, 2018, 9:52 am

        Heh. I sent him photos of the lingerie I would buy if he got there today to register. I’m heading to visit him for two weeks after my deadline next Monday so there’s some incentive for him to get his tush over there today.

        I don’t want to deprive myself by putting in your ultimatum so I’m going with a reward system instead. Maybe I could convince him registered voters have better sex!

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    Bittergaymark October 8, 2018, 1:45 pm

    Registered. Been so forever…

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    anonymousse October 8, 2018, 1:52 pm

    I’m registered! I vote because it’s really, really important to exercise our right to do so! I’m incredibly sad about the apathy in our country. People take so many things for granted, like having respectable leaders in office, or the ability to vote.

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    Ruby Tuesday October 8, 2018, 2:49 pm

    I registered to vote on my 18th birthday in 2003.

    I vote because I believe my community deserves more.

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    girltuesday October 8, 2018, 3:11 pm

    I’m registered! I am in a HOT district that’s been Republican for 18 years. The democrat is ahead by 1%. We can do it!

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      Sara October 8, 2018, 11:14 pm

      High five!

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    Copa October 8, 2018, 3:14 pm

    My GOD am I ready to vote. I love voting, and I am also someone who has no patience for those who can vote but choose not to do so. I find it baffling and, to be honest, infuriating. I vote because it matters, my voice and opinions matter. I want a say in who is leading at all levels of government. Who we elect as our officials can and will have a direct impact on our lives and communities.

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      ktfran October 8, 2018, 3:43 pm

      This year will be super interesting in our state. Mayor not running for re-elction in our City. New Governor will likely be elected… although I don’t like the person who I’ll likely vote for. The new mayor will highly effect my work.

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        Copa October 8, 2018, 3:57 pm

        Yeah, it’s funny, I distinctly recall in high school, I thought the most important vote was for POTUS. I don’t think I understood how important state/local elections were until I reached college, which I find pretty embarrassing.

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        ktfran October 8, 2018, 5:16 pm

        Right?

        The big project I spent the last 18 months of my life trying to win is a current mayor pet project… so who knows what will happen come March. Ugh.

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        Copa October 9, 2018, 9:50 am

        A friend’s boyfriend works for the mayor’s office, and he’s pretty on edge to see what’s going to happen. He said he’s prepared to quit if he doesn’t like the person elected. That must be such a weird feeling.

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    keyblade October 8, 2018, 3:31 pm

    I’m registered.

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    Miss MJ October 8, 2018, 3:53 pm

    Registered and definitely voting. So sick and tired of waking up to this shit show every freaking day. My House district is solidly red, unfortunately. But, we’ve got a senate and a gubernatorial election where the Dems are in close races.

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    ron October 8, 2018, 4:05 pm

    Counting primaries, this will be my 100th election — voted in them all, I’m a political junkie and was a local elected official.

    My Senator Casey isn’t a gem, but he’s running against Lou Barletta who was one of the earliest, and nastiest, of the anti-immigration crowd, dating back to when he was mayor, of I think Hazelton. He’s also as anti-abortion and anti-gay as you could ever not wish to find. He’d be right at home in Alabama. Big, big buddy of President Trump. He’s just got to be defeated. Happily, he’s well behind at the moment.

    We also have an open House seat. Very centrist GOP Rep. Dent, chair of the Tuesday group of moderates, couldn’t take it any more and quit. Susan Wild seems an excellent alternative.

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    Mylaray October 8, 2018, 5:06 pm

    I’m so glad I checked my voter registration status, because it turns out I’m not registered anymore! Very bizarre, but I re-registered to make sure. I vote in every election, big or small.

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      ron October 8, 2018, 6:11 pm

      Which state do you live in?

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        Mylaray October 8, 2018, 7:39 pm

        Georgia. There’s been a lot of voter corruption lately and records have been purged. And we have an important election to win.

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        ron October 9, 2018, 7:11 am

        That stinks, but disenfranchising voters they expect not to support them is Republicans last-ditch stand in red states. They have perfected the art of minority rule.

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    Ninjapenguin October 8, 2018, 6:13 pm

    I keep checking to make sure I’m still registered because I’m paranoid that they’ll disenfranchise me somehow. Don’t forget to check even if you think you already are registered!

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    Lady Clare October 8, 2018, 6:36 pm

    I just updated with my new address so I can vote in November. As a woman (or maybe just as a decent human) I feel like it’s especially crucial to get out there and try to fix this mess.

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    Sara October 8, 2018, 9:24 pm

    I made sure to register and have been pushing friends in Georgia who have NEVER voted to register. Makes me furious. We need to get people out to vote.

    I had to lecture him 8 times till he finally relented and registered mainly to shut me up I think lol. Now the next step is to make sure he shows up at the polls.

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      Dear Wendy October 9, 2018, 8:12 am

      Sara! Your number came up on he number generator, so I’d like to send a little surprise to you in the mail. Email me your address when you have a chance!

      Also, Kate! Send me your new address so I can get a little something in the mail for you, too, to thank you for all you do to help the site run smoothly.

      And thank you to everyone for registering and voting and for doing what you can to encourage people in your lives to do the same!!

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        Kate October 9, 2018, 8:30 am

        Oooo, exciting!

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        Sara October 9, 2018, 9:30 am

        Wow thank you! I think the real prize will be a shift after the midterms.

        Once voter registration dates pass by, I encourage everyone to volunteer however they can, even if it’s signing up for Phone banks, canvassing, or postcard writing.

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    Maria October 8, 2018, 11:25 pm

    You bet I will vote. I have waited 2 years for this. I became too comfortable with the thought that everything works out and got a rude awakening in 2016. I have and will going forward, instead of just being a sometimes voter!

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    MissD October 9, 2018, 4:56 am

    https://globalnews.ca/news/4526912/midterm-elections-knock-the-vote-video/

    I thought this was funny, although I’m not sure how effective it’ll be. Post it on your FB and Instagram anyway!

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      anonymousse October 9, 2018, 11:10 am

      The funny thing about this video is, although labeled satirical, it’s true.

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    inkyboots October 9, 2018, 8:55 am

    Not only am I registered after moving recently, I peer pressured my husband into registering for the first time in his life (I know, I know). Basically filled out the form for him and just had him sign it so I could put it in the mail. I think he’s pretty pumped about voting because showing up on voting day is the next hurdle!

    We live in Texas, and the Beto campaign is making me really excited that there could be some real change.

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    Vathena October 9, 2018, 10:17 am

    By the time Election Day gets here, I am going to be a nervous wreck. I’ve been registered since turning 18, and voting in primaries and general elections ever since. After 2016, I’m taking nothing for granted, getting out and canvassing for the Virginia state elections last year and for the midterms this year. I’ve gotten some neighbors involved and we’ve been out together a few times. I’m knocking doors at least two more weekends before the election. My 5yo daughter is begging to come with me on my next canvass, too! She is already very into the idea of voting. (My husband took her with him to the early in-person absentee voting for our local primaries this spring. She walked in and announced, “We’re here to vote Donald Trump out of the White House!” Soon sweetie, soon…)

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