Be an Informed Voter on Election Day

November 2, 2020
Be an Informed Voter on Election Day

Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd, is the final day to cast your ballot in the 2020 election. The Harvard Votes Challenge team wants to ensure you have all the information you need to vote today. 


If you’re voting today: 

  • Locate your polling place & voter ID laws at
  • Plan to spend at least two hours at your polling location. Communicate to professors, peers, and managers that you might be late to commitments. 
  • If you encounter long lines, report them to pizza.polls/report for pizza to be sent to your location!
  • Call or text 866-OUR-VOTE with any challenges you face while voting. 
  • If you have your mail-in ballot, bring it to a ballot dropbox or with you to vote in person. If your mail-in ballot has not arrived, you can still head to the polls and likely cast a provisional ballot.  


Know your rights: 

  • If you are in line while the polls close, you have the right to vote. Stay in line!
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
  • If the machines are down, ask for a paper ballot. 
  • If a poll worker says your name is not on the list, make sure you are at the right polling location and ask for a provisional ballot. 


Once you’ve voted or if you have already voted:

  • Check in with your friends & family. Walk / FaceTime with them to the polls. 
  • Post a picture with your “I Voted” sticker and tag @HarvardVotesChallenge on Instagram and @HVotesChallenge on Twitter. 


Set expectations for Election Night: 

  • Due to the high volume of mail-in voting this election, election officials will take longer than normal to count every ballot. That is ok! Every vote should be counted, and any delay in results is a sign of our democracy doing its job. 
  • Different states will have different levels of ballots counted on election night. Due to state-by-state election laws, some states are allowed to begin counting mail ballots as soon as they arrive; others must wait until Election Day to open them.