Managing the Stress of the Moment


40 days to Nov.3

excerpt taken from the New York Times, 9/24/2020

Election Day is 40 days away, but voting is already underway in several states. To help you vote during this unusual year — in a country where voting is already more difficult than in most other democracies — we have put together a step-by-step guide.

REGISTER. Check your registration status through a national group of state officials or at Vote.org. If you aren’t registered, move quickly. The earliest deadlines including in Florida and Arizona, are less than two weeks away. In 40 states, voters can register online. In others, like Texas, you’ll have to mail in a form or submit it in person.

You can also use a one-stop hub from the group When We All Vote, which lets you enter your address and then offers information on how to register and vote.

VOTE BY MAIL: Most states have loosened their rules during the pandemic, but they differ by state. In many places, you must first fill out an online form requesting a mail-in ballot.

You should pay careful attention to your state’s rules for returning a ballot. In Pennsylvania, for example, you must enclose it in two envelopes. In North Carolina, a witness must sign your ballot. Ignore these rules, and your vote may be thrown out. Historically, mail ballots are rejected much more often than in-person ballots (although some states are taking steps to reduce rejection rates this year).

To meet your state’s deadline for mail-in ballots, the safest bet is to vote as soon as you know which candidates you support. If you live in one of the many states with drop-off locations, you may want to visit one of them rather than mailing in the ballot. Most states will also let you track the status of completed mail ballots.

OR VOTE IN PERSON. Voting in person during the pandemic appears to be about as safe as going to the grocery store — low risk but not no risk. Many states are taking measures, like spacing out voting booths, to increase safety. You should also wear a mask and stay at least six feet from others.

In most states, you can vote early even if you’re voting in person.

MAKE A PLAN. Social-science research has found that people who make a specific voting plan — exactly when and where they will vote — are more likely to do so than people who vaguely promise themselves that they will.

Once you’ve made that plan, tell others about it, in person or in your social-media feed. The announcement will help you stick to the plan and encourage others to do the same. You can also use a platform like Outvote to encourage your friends and relatives to vote, via text messages and social media.


Here are some resources to discover while practicing social distancing and sheltering at home. 

***92Y At Home https://www.92y.org/92yathome
Metropolitan Museum at Home https://www.metmuseum.org
MOMA https://www.moma.org
City Harvest Donations https://www.cityharvest.org/2020/03/donate-funds/
NYPL E-Books https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral

Feel free to send your favorites to judith@gerberg.com and we will happily share more with our community. 

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“How to Fold a No-Sew Face Mask”

https://www.marthastewart.com/7781334/how-make-no-sew-face-mask-coronavirus ~marthastewart.com


Bill Gates on Fighting Coronavirus w/ Trevor Noah The Daily (Social Distancing) Show


THE SERENITY PRAYER:

“..grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change,  courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. 

American Theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)