The Do’s and Don’ts of a Patriotic Election Day

My good friend  and  editor of America’s Future Foundation’s blogAlyssa Canobbio recently posted a succinct and timely Facebook update, reminding her friends of voting etiquette. This piece is built off of her short update, because sometimes we all need a little refresher on what to do and not do in the polling booth. So here are your Do’s and Don’ts so you can have a wonder and patriotic election day!




DO: Take a selfie of your “I voted!” sticker, share immediately on Facebook.

DON’T: Take a selfie inside the voting booth or any other restricted area.


Promoting Candidates


DO: Volunteer on election day, make phone calls, help get people to the polls, put a sign in your yard or near a polling location.

DON’T: Take photos or place signs/literature within the “buffer zone”, take a photo of your ballot and who you voted for, take a picture of yourself with your candidate’s sign inside voting areas, harass other voters.


Documenting Fraud and Voting Violations


DO: Respect the rules of the polling center, report to proper authorities, make sure you know your state’s laws before posting online.

DON’T: Take photos of election workers or voters that could be seen as “intimidation”, interfere with the voting process


Patriotism Done Right


DO: VOTE. Tell everyone. Celebrate. Love you some ‘MURICA.

DON’T: Stay home! (But if you do, don’t whine about the results of the election.)


SMALL PRINT: Remember, voting laws, particularly about photographs and recording equipment, vary from state to state. So be sure to check out rules for your state before you head to the polls if you plan to have your camera phone handy! If you do take photos, here are some great guidelines that remind us all to be discreet and courteous.

Now go get your election on!


About Katrina Jorgensen

Katrina Jorgensen is a devoted advocate for Millennial issues with deep concerns over the direction of America's foreign policy. She seeks to promote political education and empowerment for her generation. You can find her on Twitter @Veribatim. With her focus on Eurasia, Katrina acts as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Young Republican National Federation, part of their International Committee. She is a writer and communication specialist in her day job. She regularly contributes to conservative blogs such as Red Alert and IJReview. She has worked as freelance journalist for think tanks, major media outlets and print newspapers. For 6 years, she ran her own web design and consulting company in Texas. Her true passion is non-profits. Katrina has worked for and advised multiple international NGOs. She volunteers her time and provides marketing advice to local charities and other not-for profit-organizations. Katrina also loves reading wonky foreign policy blogs, instgramming her cooking experiments, losing herself in a fiction novel, and exploring new places with her husband, Kai.