Voting for Seniors: Know Your Options
Voting. It is the quintessential way in which Americans participate in their democracy. For some citizens, particularly the aging or homebound demographic, getting to the polls to cast a ballot can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be! If you’re a senior (or a caregiver!), read on for some tips and resources to ensure your vote is counted and your voice is heard.
Before we delve into ways to cast a ballot, let’s not assume that everyone interested in voting is actually registered to vote. If you’re not registered, it’s never too late to cast your first ballot. The Aging Care website outlines different ways to register. You can also search online for your state’s specific instructions for voter registration. For our Delaware residents, the Department of Elections provides a variety of ways to apply.
Casting Your Vote
Mark your calendar for your state’s Primary Elections. Delaware’s Primary Elections are Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Now is the time to plan! If you’re able to go by car, you may want to consider asking a friend, family member or caregiver for a ride. Make it a date with a stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner! The General Election is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
There are also many ride options for helping you get to the polls. Smart phone apps such as Uber and Lyft offer discounted and free transportation to the polls (depending on location), but using a smart phone and setting up a ride share app isn’t always feasible. No worries! There are a number of services that can arrange ride-share transportation on your behalf.
If you are ill or homebound and cannot physically go to a polling place, apply now for an absentee ballot. All states allow some form of absentee voting. You’ll want to note 2 important dates: (1) The deadline for applying for an absentee ballot and (2) the deadline for submitting an absentee ballot.
Delaware requires residents to submit an “Affidavit for Absentee Ballot” and provide a reason for voting as such. All absentee ballots must be received by the Department of Elections Office for your county no later than the closing of the polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day.
“Pinkifying” the Polls
Nurse Next Door Delaware’s Caregivers are ready to make sure their clients can cast their votes! We like to call it “Pinkifying the Polls” as we shower our trademark pink on the voting process. We‘re helping clients ensure that their vote is counted whether we take them to their polling place, arrange for transportation, or guide them through the absentee ballot process. If you’ve been thinking of care for yourself or your loved one, know that Nurse Next Door Delaware’s Caregivers embrace all aspects of care, including helping clients carry out their civic duty.