Here are SIX SIMPLE STEPS you can take on Election Day to protect your voting rights.
- MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE LOCATION of your polling place and your correct precinct. Many have changed, and a vote at the wrong place may not be counted.
- BRING IDENTIFICATION TO THE POLLS, preferably a government-issued photo ID with your registered address. Check your state’s website NOW to ensure you have the proper ID. Several states have passed strict photo ID laws and require a government-issued ID.
- ASK FOR HELP from poll workers and check posted signs if you have a question or need assistance.
- Make sure you cast a vote. If you are in line when the polls close, you are entitled to vote and should STAY IN LINE.
- If you are offered a provisional ballot, ASK IF YOU MAY CAST A REGULAR BALLOT by providing additional ID or going to another polling place. If no alternative is available or practical, cast a provisional ballot and follow up after Election Day. You can call the election Protection Hot Line before you leave the polling place.
- If you have a voting rights problem, TALK TO THE CHIEF ELECTION OFFICIAL OR A VOTING RIGHTS VOLUNTEER AT THE POLLS, or call the toll-free nationwide ELECTION PROTECTION HOTLINE, 1-866-OUR-VOTE, a project of a coalition of groups promoting voting rights, including the AFL-CIO.