(1) Are you informed about the candidates and issues?
Check out www.DeclareYourself.com to read about the candidates and the latest political news (Click on "Get Informed - News").
(2) Do you know where your polling place is?
In most states, you have already received a notice in the mail with your polling place on it. Hold onto it -- this is the MOST accurate and important source of information about your specific polling location (place it on your refrigerator or other obvious place). But you can also look for your polling place by calling your county voter registrar's office (listed in the government pages of your local telephone book), checking your state's Secretary of State Web site, or checking on www.DeclareYourself.com.
(3) Do you have identification ready to bring with you on Election Day?
Every state is slightly different in Election Day ID requirements, but in all cases, it's a good idea to bring a driver's license, passport or other photo ID, particularly if you are a first-time voter. It's also a good idea to bring some proof of your address, like a bill statement. Again, this isn't a requirement in all states, but we recommend it -- it can't hurt just to be on the safe side.
(4) Have you planned your Election Day strategy?
Plan your Election Day in advance. In all states, polling places generally open between 6 and 9 a.m., and they close between 6 and 9 p.m. Most local newspapers and their Web sites publish polling hours during the week before the election, so check them out.
(5) Talk to family and friends -- remind them about the Election Day checklist, and maybe even drive a few people to the polls with you (or walk together).