ProtectMyVote.org 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. ProtectMyVote.org 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:
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.
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
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.
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.
Sometimes voting machines break down or stop working while you're
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.
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:
La ayuda en español.
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.
More informtion: Click here to
La ayuda en español.
is a nonpartisan effort to help people protect their right to vote.