How to fight Election Stress Disorder

A Self-Care Plan for Now through Election Day

This election cycle is taking a greater toll on folks than previous elections, so much so that people are getting Election Stress Disorder (ESD). In fact, the American Psychological Association found that the upcoming presidential election is a significant source of stress for 68% of adults. (That’s up from 52% for the 2016 election.) Furthermore, political affiliation didn’t really matter — people are stressed the heck out all across the board!

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The Ins and Outs of Polling Data

How many times a day do you open Instagram Stories to find someone you follow has posted a poll? More than once I’d guess. We are constantly being inundated with polls, political and otherwise. Especially leading up to the election, it seems like all the headlines are touting numbers. However, unlike social media polls, election polls are nuanced, and quite frankly confusing most of the time.

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Why’s it so hard to vote in South Carolina?

South Carolina has a list of election troubles as long as, well, those notorious lines of voters wrapping around the block and down the street that you see plastered across the news. Many of the issues stem from poor resourcing. Others are borne out of the state’s desire for secure elections but seem to come at the cost of voter participation.

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Civics 101: The Presidential Election Process

Elections are one way we can address real-life issues such as climate change, immigration, systemic racism, police brutality, and so on, on a local, state, and federal level. Through voting, we can work toward creating a better future for the generations to come. Elections are important and the outcomes impact all of us. 

It’s important to note that while the electoral college plays a significant role in electing the president and the vice president, the popular vote is what helps us elect the members of the House of Representatives, senators, governors, state legislatures, mayors, and many more officials on the state and local level. Every vote counts. Keep reading to learn more about how the presidential election is conducted in the U.S. 

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Why’s it so hard to vote in Virginia?

Virginia once had the dubious distinction of being called the “second hardest state to vote in.” While it’s still harder to vote in Virginia than some other states, it is making significant progress.

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Why’s it so hard to vote in Wisconsin?

Believe it or not, Wisconsin used to be one of the easiest states to vote in. Other states looked to the Barger State as a golden example of voting. Things have been steadily changing, though.

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Why is it so hard to vote in Tennessee?

A presidential election during a global pandemic is just one more challenging circumstance for Americans to navigate in 2020. As a result, several states have expanded absentee voting in the past few months to allow people who are concerned about contracting COVID-19 to vote-by-mail instead of at the polls. However, Tennessee is one of six states that still requires an excuse in order to cast a ballot by mail.

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Why is it so hard to vote in Alabama?

During the 1960s, Alabama was at the center of the fight for voting rights yet today, six decades later, it’s still one of the most difficult places to register to vote and cast a ballot. As other states have evolved policies for early voting, voter registration, and vote-by-mail, a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center shows pretty much the opposite in Alabama. 

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Why is it so hard to vote in Texas?

In recent weeks, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of voting, convincing the non-voter to vote, and falsehoods about voting. Voter apathy is very real. It’s one of the reasons the U.S. has one of the lowest voter turnouts in the developed world, but it’s certainly not the only reason. Registration, scheduling, and voter suppression contribute to this problem as well, and unfortunately, it’s simply much harder to vote in some states than others. On the contrary, states, where it’s the easiest to vote, have conveniences like online voter registration, automatic voter registration, allowing voters to register on Election Day, and some even have universal mail-in voting.

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Why is it so hard to vote in Georgia?

Continuing on with our series highlighting the most difficult places to vote in the U.S., we dive into issues affecting Georgia. 

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