5 Things to Know About the Election Process


Now that the election season is under way, the folks at Victory State Bank see it as an opportunity for Americans to prepare to vote.

With this in mind, Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank is helping you get ready for Nov. 8 by turning to USA.Gov for answers to five important election season questions:

  1. Where should I start?  First things first, no matter where you live, you’ll need to register by your state’s deadline if you plan to vote. Go to Vote.gov, and start the process. You can look up your state’s registration deadline and find out if you can complete your registration online or by postal mail. Not sure if you’re already registered? No problem. Go to CanIVote.org to learn if you’re registered. If you’ve moved recently, you might have to contact your local election office to update your address.
  2. How can I learn more about the candidates? Debates, town halls, speeches, and campaign events--election year is many things, but boring is not one of them. Study the issues, learn how to research candidates, and find out what to look for before, during, and after a debate. Remember, an informed vote is a powerful vote.
  3. Can I volunteer my time?  Elections run smoothly and successfully in the U.S. thanks in large part to poll workers or election judges. They help run local polling places, carry out election procedures, and make sure that the rights of all voters are protected. Interested in volunteering? Find out if you are eligible to be a poll worker in your state.
  4. How much money can I donate?  You may be interested in financially supporting a candidate, party, or cause in this election. However, there is a limit of $2,700 that you can donate to a major-party candidate during the general election season. Learn more about campaign donation limits before opening your wallet.
  5. Where do I vote?  Planning is one of the smartest things you can do to prepare for Election Day. Do you know where you’re voting? Polling places can change. Make sure you know where yours will be and how you’ll get there on November 8. Sometimes circumstances might make it difficult or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may allow you to cast your ballot during a designated early voting period. You can also can request an absentee ballot to vote. However, some states require an excuse to vote absentee.

Members of the military, their spouses, and eligible family members can request absentee ballots when stationed outside their state of permanent residence.

 Learn more by visiting USA.gov/voting, your official guide to voting and the election process.



About Victory State Bank


VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.


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