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Hey everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the class so far and that you’re working well with your organization.

I published this blog post on my other class’s WordPress site and thought I should post it here as well. It’s an important topic and there’s a lot of information floating around out there about voting that I’ve found frustrating and confusing. In this post I’m trying to clear some of that up for myself and for you, if you’re wondering about voting.

Originally posted on the Writing 231 class blog

I’m using this blog post to share with you some ideas about voting. First, I want to encourage you to make a plan to vote this fall. You should know that November 3rd, the first Tuesday in November, is voting day. As you read in the article by Barack Obama, voting is one of the most important things we can do to create change in our society. In addition, it’s something I consider a civic duty, a and something we must do in order to maintain and preserve our democracy.

Given all of the changes that we have seen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be wondering how you can vote. Let me share some information with you regarding voting. First, you have the right to vote on voting day if you like. You can wait until November 3rd and vote in person at your polling place. If you don’t know where you vote, go here: to find your location.

What if I don’t want to vote in person?

If you don’t want to vote in person on voting day, you can request an absentee ballot and mail it in to the Secretary of State. This is a perfectly valid way to vote and your vote will count. This site: provides several resources that will help you vote early with an absentee ballot. You can enter your address and click on the “Get Started” button to verify your registration, do some research on candidates you’ll be voting for, and make a pledge to encourage three of your friends to vote.

In order to vote early, you will need to request a ballot and mail it back once you’ve completed it. If you think this is how you’d like to vote, I want to encourage you to do this right away. If you change your mind, you can still go vote in person on voting day. You can even track your ballot on the MN Secretary of State’s website, here.

What about my job? I’m busy on voting day.

Employers must pay you for the time needed to vote, if it falls during scheduled work time (read this page from the MN Secretary of State for more details on this, including a letter that you can print for your employer).

I want more information, where do I go?

The Minnesota Secretary of State’s website has a lot of good information about voting, if you want to do some additional research. Go here to explore issues on the ballot, how to vote correctly, and your rights as a voter:

The bottom line is that voting is your right and your duty. So get out there on November 3rd, or vote early and send your ballot in. Stand up and be counted!

Free stuff

Remember back to the first day of class, when I mentioned that Getty Images has free stock photos? Here’s one:


If I was writing a post about surfing, this might be perfect. Maybe I’m writing about mid-life crises. Maybe about vacations. Who knows. The point is that visual images make a big difference in blog posts, so find something and add it.

What about this one? “Bearded hipster rides blow up toy into pool”.

Embed from Getty Images


Surely we can think of something catchy to write about.

Here’s a photo from Unsplash:


Photo by Trust “Tru” Katsande on Unsplash

Just look at that one – it’s a musician in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. I can think of at least 5 potential blog posts that could realistically include a photo like this one.

I hope these photos might spark some ideas of your own. Have some fun with your posts, and remember what a picture is worth.

Did you know you can embed images from Getty, free?

If you’re interested in getting some high quality images, check out Getty. There’s an easily searchable database and many images are free to embed. Here’s an example I just grabbed:

Embed from Getty Images


Go check it out if you’re tired of your own images (or if you’d like to up your legitimacy!).