Everything You Need to Know for Election DayOctober 24, 2018
This blog was originally posted on October 27, 2016.
Election Day is around the corner! You’ve been preparing for months to ensure that women’s voices are heard on Tuesday, November 6. Now it’s time to make sure every vote is counted.
AAUW is proud to partner with Election Protection to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Studies show that voters who make a plan, including how and where to vote, are more likely to follow through on Election Day. Before you head to the polls, learn how to protect your vote and what to do if something goes wrong.
- Register to vote. Some states allow voters to register through Election Day, while other states’ deadlines have already passed. Find out your state’s rules. If you are registered to vote already, make sure that your registration status includes your current address.
- Find your polling place before Election Day. Sometimes these locations change between elections. Think about how you plan to get there. You might consider voting early if that option is available in your state or municipality.
- Know your polling place hours. Make sure to arrive at the polling place before it closes. Keep in mind that if you are in line at the time the polling place closes, you have the right to vote.
- Check what type of voter identification you must bring to the polls, if your state requires one. Make sure you bring that identification with you.
- Know your rights. You have a right to vote without being harassed or intimidated.
- Ask for help from the people who work at the polls — that’s why they’re there!). Check posted information signs if you have questions or need assistance. Have questions or need more information? Visit 866ourvote.org or call 1.866.OUR.VOTE.
If Something Goes Wrong
Voter suppression and voter intimidation are illegal. If your voting rights are challenged at the polls, document and report the problem. Call 866.OUR.VOTE (866.687.8683) as soon as you experience an issue. This hotline has been set up by the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. They have hundreds of lawyers standing by to immediately respond to problems at the polls. Spanish language speakers can call 888.VE.Y.VOTA, Arabic language speakers can call 844.YALLA.US, and Asian language speakers can receive assistance through 888.API.VOTE in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali.
Be sure to write down exactly what happened, including the time of day, descriptions of the people involved, and any other details you can remember. If specific individuals are challenging your right to vote, intimidating voters, or interfering with the process, try to get their names.
For more voter resources, visit the AAUW Action Fund website and be sure to share this information with friends and family. Together, we can ensure that women’s voices are heard on Election Day!
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