Today is the day to vote for equality

After months of campaigns for political candidates, for and against LGBT, the time has come for all American citizens to cast their ballots.

It would not be an understatement to say that the future of LGBT equality depends on the outcome of this election. From our nationally elected officials, to the local library board, to the state and municipal referenda, this election is important.

You may have voted early. You may have already mailed in your ballot. You may not be a US citizen. If any of those scenarios are you, then I’m not talking to you.

Everyone else…go and vote.

And if you do, keep some of these items in mind.

There are already reports of efforts to confuse and discourage those who would support equality. Anti-LGBT activists are targeting transgender voters, attempting to deny them the right to vote.

In Maine, anti-LGBT activists are showing their true distain for LGBT people through their efforts to get out the anti-LGBT vote. They are using disgusting and untrue "facts" to scare people into opposing Question One. However, those who would VOTE YES on Question One need to make it to the polls today.

Washington is an all vote-by-mail state and ballots are counted if they are post-marked Nov. 6th rather than received by Election Day.  That means ballots will continue to arrive and be processed well after Election Day.  In a close election, like the one to APPROVE REFERENDUM 74, we will likely not know the outcome for as much as a week after the election.

Be sure to get in the polling line before it closes. If you are in line when the polls close, they must allow you to vote. You may have to wait for a while. Some lines are as long as a few hours. The wait will be worth it.

Because of Hurricane Sandy, if you live in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, you may cast a provisional ballot for federal and statewide elections anywhere in the state.

Once you have voted, be sure to encourage others to do so. Give special attention to ask voters in:

Use and share any of these graphics to encourage others to get to the polls before they close tonight.

Tonight, we will watch and wait. Tomorrow (hopefully), we will know where we stand with LGBT equality in our country. 
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