In 1845 Congress passed a federal law designating the first Tuesday, following the first Monday in November, as Election Day. And, for more than 150 years that day was the most important one for any campaign. Now, Election Day happens weeks in advance in dozens of states across the country. Campaigns have started to take advantage of early voting and absentee programs that allow citizens to cast their vote ahead of Election Day, which has led to campaign field staff completely changing their Get Out the Vote (GOTV) strategies to account for early and absentee voting and encourage their supporters to take advantage. Campaigns don’t want anything to preclude their targeted voters from showing up at the polls - from bad weather, work conflicts or voters just having a bad day. The laws differ state by state, but campaigns are adjusting their GOTV game plan to turn out supporters early.

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This year the Alzheimer’s Association and AIM developed a Voting Center that provides resources so advocates can get involved early in the election process. Whether it’s updating your home address, finding out early voting dates and polling locations, or registering to vote for the first time, you’re encouraged to use this important resource and share with your social networks.

Alzheimer’s has risen as a top concern for voters and candidates are taking notice. That’s all because of the amazing work of Alzheimer’s advocates across the nation who are engaging candidates, sharing their stories and demanding action.

I hope you’ll use the Voting Center and cast your vote before Election Day!

John Funderburk is the Finance Director of the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement.