WHAT EVERY VOTER NEEDS TO KNOW BEFORE NOV.4
Given the unprecedented registration and excitement during this election season, and the reports we’re seeing on Early Vote, we can expect a record high turnout on Election Day, November 4. A higher turnout, particularly with lots of first time voters can also increase the number of problems at the polls. To make sure everyone gets the opportunity to vote and has their vote counted, we are asking you to MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A PLAN FOR ELECTION DAY. Here are some simple questions you should answer BEFORE you head out to vote.
1. AM I REGISTERED AND WHERE IS MY POLLING SITE?
Whether you are a regular voter or not, you should verify whether you are still registered. You also need to know where your polling site is as it may have changed.
VERIFY YOUR REGISTRATION and FIND YOUR POLLING SITE by:
-going on line to: govote.org
-calling your local Board of Elections
If you are at the correct polling site but your name is not on the register, you can request a provisional ballot. If election officials don’t allow you to cast a provisional ballot call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. You should only vote with a provisional ballot as a last resort after you’ve confirmed you are at the correct polling place.
2. WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE POLLS?
BRING ID. Not every state requires ID but it’s a good idea to bring ID just in case. For a complete listing of what kinds of ID are accepted in your state, call: 1-866-OUR-VOTE or log on to govote.org.
You should BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!! This election will be made even more historic if we urge all of our friends and family who are registered to go to the polls with us.
3. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THE LINE IS LONG?
The reality is the lines probably will be long. But that’s a good thing. To stand among the many of us who have never voted before who are waiting to be counted and heard is your chance to be a part of history.
-If Early Vote exists in your state, then VOTE EARLY. To check where to do Early Vote in your state: call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
-If you are voting on November 4, vote as early in the day as you can.
-If you need to make arrangements for childcare, to eat, to take a couple of hours from work, then do so.
-Most states require employers to provide time for employees to vote on Election Day. While they vary in each state, they generally require time off for employees if the polls are not open two or three hours outside of your regular shift. You may have to request that time so make that part of your plan! For more information, go to: justvote08.org.
-Dress appropriately for long wait. You don’t want to say you couldn’t wait to vote because your feet hurt. Don’t wear campaign paraphernalia; if you do you might have to turn it inside out or cover it up to walk into the polls.
-Please do not leave the line until you have cast your ballot. If you are in line when the polls close, you can remain in line until you vote.
4. WHAT DO I DO IF I NEED HELP VOTING?
If you have language issue, or you have a disability, you are allowed to bring someone into the voting booth with you. If you have questions, ask your poll worker or call: 1-866-OUR-VOTE.