Our vote has much more impact and power than we think. As citizens, we are able to affect policies, start a movement and choose the people we want representing our interests. It is our duty not just to vote, but to make informed and educated choices when we do. Below are three ways you can be that voter:

1. Contact Your Candidates Before Voting: One of the most effective ways to find out if the candidates in your communities share your priorities is to contact them. Through our Candidate Contact tool, you can send an email to every candidate in your district in a few easy steps. There is even a pre-written sample email that includes three questions focused on education to help guide you or you can write your own email. If you are unsure of who your candidates are, including school and community college board candidates, you can find out here.

2. Know Key Voting Dates and Your Polling Location: Life gets busy, and schedules can fill up quickly. Knowing your polling location prior to election day can reduce some of the stress. Did you know you can also vote early even if you don’t have any early ballot? In many counties, a voter who resides in the county and is registered to vote can vote before November 6th at early voting centers. Find out the locations offering early voting and your official polling location here. Even if you happen to have an early ballot and were unable to mail it by the deadline, October 31st, you can drop it off at any polling location in your county. If you are unsure of what you need to bring to the polls, or have other voter concerns visit the Arizona Secretary of State’s website.

3. Learn About Key Propositions on the Ballot and the Impact of a Yes or No Vote: The more information we have about propositions that will affect our quality of life, the better chance we have of making Arizona a great place for our students and for all of us to live, work and succeed. You can read up on two key Propositions and what a vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ means here.