1. Find Your Polling Place and Polling Hours. Unfortunately, many polling times and hours are inconvenient for werewolves, vampires, and "night owl" types. Fortunately, you can track down your local polling place info at www.canivote.org.
2. Leave Mindlessness to Zombies. Even in mid-term elections, there's a lot of important campaigns and ballot measures headed your way. Figure out which ones are tricks and which ones are treats through My Ballot, the social sample ballot where you can share your preferences with your friends at www.thisismyballot.org.
3. Bring a Photo ID. Identification laws vary from state-to-state (and can be checked at www.canivote.org). Contrary to popular belief, photo requirements were not introduced to prevent vampires from voting.
4. Make a Plan. Studies prove that people who make a voting plan (what time they're headed to the polls, where they'll be coming from, etc.) are far more likely to cast a ballot. Other things you should plan include the perfect Trick or Treat routes to maximize access to doorsteps, minimize walk time between houses, and ensure that you hit the doors that give out the King Size candy bars.
5. Spread the Word. Like vampirism, voting can go viral. The best way to ensure your friends vote is to ask them. Send people the signal that upstanding Americans like themselves always vote. When you've cast your ballot, wear your lapel sticker proudly. Tweet it and Facebook it. Word is that foursquare will even have an I Voted badge for folks who cast their ballots come Election Day.
6. Don't be a Jerk. Scaring guests at your haunted house on Halloween can be frighteningly funny. Intimidating voters is shameful.
7. Volunteer and Help Get Out the Vote. We may be too old to Trick or Treat, but we're never too old to Trick or Vote. So dust off that old Frankenstein costume, give it a good moan, and go talk to your neighbors - more details at www.TrickOrVote.org.
8. Ask for Help. Made a mistake on your first ballot? Want a redo? Until you've turned in your ballot, you can get a replacement. Don't be too proud to ask for help. That's how Dr. Frankenstein ended up making his monster in the first place.
9. Be Safe. Bring garlic and a wooden stake with you to the polls, just in case you need to deal with any threatening creatures (See "Don't be a Jerk" above).
Trick or Vote is the nation's largest get-out-the-vote event ... in costume! To see if there's a Trick or Vote event happening this Halloween near you, visit http://trickorvote.org/
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