Helps Protect Your Right to Vote

U.S. born and naturalized citizens have the right to vote and have their votes count, but human or computer error and unfair actions may stop you from voting. helps you protect your right to vote. Our job to help prepare you before you go to vote to prevent problems and help you if something goes wrong. Here are things you can do to help make sure your vote counts:

Identification (ID) Issues

In the past voting was very simple. Now there are new rules that make it harder to vote. In many states you need to show a picture ID to vote. Bring a picture ID just in case.

Absentee Ballots

If you vote by paper ballot, your vote is more likely to count in an audit or "recount." Audits use paper records to double check the electronic results. If you can't get to the polls on Election Day you can vote by absentee ballot. To vote absentee, you have to ask for an absentee ballot by the deadline in your state.

Provisional Ballots

If election officials can't find your name when you go to vote, ask for a "provisional" ballot. The poll worker must give you one under the law. Voting by provisional ballot is not as good as voting absentee or on a machine, however.

Voter Intimidation

Prepare yourself for intimidation and suppression tactics which have increased over the past six years. Click here for things to watch out for and what to do if someone tries stop you from voting. Call toll free for help: 1-(866) Our-Vote / 1-(866) 687-8683 for English and español, or 1-(888) Vey-Vota / 1-(888) 839-8682 para la ayuda en español.

Voting Machine Breakdowns

Sometimes voting machines break down or stop working while you're voting.

Recommendation: Tell a poll worker about the broken machine and ask them to take it out of service. Then ask for a paper ballot. If no paper ballots are available, ask to use a working machine to vote.

Removal of Your Name from Voting Rolls

Your name might be removed from the voting or registration rolls without your permission. This is called "purging." In Florida and other states, many African American voters were turned away at the polls due to purging. In Los Angeles County, the Secretary of State changed the registration requirements rejecting 43% of new voters before this was corrected in the spring of 2006. Make sure you're still registered to vote now, before going to vote:

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Your Poll Location was Moved or Closed

You arrive at the address on your sample ballot only to find that it's not open or not the correct location. What can you do?

Recommendation: First check for a sign or notice telling you where the voting place is. If a sign isn't posted, call your local Elections office. Note: before you go to vote, find the local elections number, write it down and bring it with you or call toll free for help: 1-(866) Our-Vote / 1-(866) 687-8683 for English and español, or 1-(888) Vey-Vota / 1-(888) 839-8682 para la ayuda en español. to find out where your new polling place is located. Please tell them your poll location was moved or closed.

Tip: Arrange a ride ahead of time, just in case your polling place has moved and it becomes difficult to get to the new location.

Help us help other people. Spread the word about voting rights. Tell people to visit this website. Download a flyer and / or article, print out several copies, and distribute them at your place of worship, where you shop, meetings, schools, and any other places you can think of. Bring some to hand out at your polling place. Please contact us if there are any problems using this information.

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