Register, register, register!

If you don’t live in Alaska, Rhode Island, or Washington state then you still have time to register to vote. Lifehacker recently wrote up a great article discussing voting myths:

The midterm elections are only a few weeks off, and if ever there’s a time to participate in the electoral process, it’s now. But as of November 2016, only 70 percent of U.S. citizens over age 18 were registered to vote, which means that more than 65 million people who are eligible to register have not done so.

Some people don’t register simply because they don’t want to vote. But many others (and maybe you’re among them) believe that they can’t or shouldn’t get registered because they’re not allowed, or because their registration could come at a personal cost.

Here’s one they didn’t include: if you sign up for a political party, you’ll still able to vote for anyone you want in the general election.

I have spoken to a number of people who believe that signing up for the Republican Party means that you must vote for all Republicans, or that Democrats are required to vote for all Democrats. In most states, party identification impacts which primary election you are able to vote in, but not in the general election.