KNOW YOUR VOTING RIGHTS -- from curieuse
- if you are in line at the official closing of the polls, you are legally entitled to vote and the polling location must allow you to vote.
- bring your driver’s license/photo id with your local address or your driver’s license and college id with you to your polling location. you have the right to vote in the community where you live and go to school - whether you are an in-state or out-of-state student. don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
- if your registration is in question or you’ve forgotten to bring a picture id, you have the right to request and complete a provisional ballot. a provisional ballot will be verified and counted in the case of a close election. do not leave without voting!
- if you make a mistake or spoil your ballot before it is submitted, you have the right to receive a replacement ballot.
- you have the right to file a written complaint at your polling place if you are dissatisfied with the way an election is being run. and you have the right to vote without anyone in the polling place trying to influence your vote.
- if you experience any intimidation or problems voting at your polling location call the election protection project at their toll-free number, 1.866.OUR.VOTE. the hotline provides free, immediate and multi-lingual assistance to voters who encounter barriers to the ballot box.
and as a note, USE A PROVISIONAL BALLOT AS A LAST RESORT. usually provisional ballots are THROWN AWAY WITHOUT BEING COUNTED. do everything you can to prove your voter registration is valid and get an official ballot - bring photo id, bring utility bills, bring a copy of your lease if you have to. DO NOT LEAVE without voting. if the lines are long, HOLD OUT. your vote counts, and it definitely won’t count if you don’t cast it. lines may be long, so bring something to read, bring a sandwich, bring something to drink. DO NOT WEAR OBAMA OR MCCAIN APPAREL as you will NOT BE ALLOWED TO VOTE. it is considered campaigning on a voting site which is not allowed.
if you do not know where you are supposed to vote, search your state’s voter registration information database which lists your location and its times of operation.
PASS IT ON!!