Voter Protection 2012 Election Page Archive

STATE VOTER PROTECTION PORTALS

Voter Protection 2012 Election Page Archive

Your vote is your voice. Everyone’s vote together tells politicians what the American people think, and it gives you a say in what happens to your community. Here you’ll find all the information you need to cast a ballot on November 6th: tools for registering and finding your polling place, voting rules in your state, what to do if you encounter problems, and more practical tips. We’re here to help you protect your voice and prepare to vote!

KNOW THE RULES IN YOUR STATE

Voting laws in many states have changed, but don’t worry – we got you. Use Advancement Project’s interactive Voter Protection Map to learn the laws where you live, including:

  • Voter registration deadline
  • Polling place hours
  • Form of ID required to vote
  • Early voting dates
  • Absentee ballot deadline

FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE

Not sure where you can vote? Vote411’s Polling Place Finder makes tracking it down easy. Just type in your address, and the website pulls up the poll location for your voting precinct. 

3 THINGS TO DO BEFORE VOTING

To be heard at the voting booth, you’ve got to be prepared. Here are three simple things to check off your to-do list before you show up on November 6th.

  • Check the status of your registration. Make sure you are properly registered by double checking at canIvote.org. If you’ve moved and need to update your registration to a new address, find out what to do at the Brennan Center for Justice’s Mover’s Guide.
  • Confirm your correct polling place. Your ballot might not be counted if you vote at the wrong location, so be sure you know exactly where to go. Find your polling place here.   
  • Have the proper ID. The identification requirements for voting are different in every state. Learn what ID you need to bring to the polls in your state here.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: WHAT TO DO IF YOUR VOTE IS CHALLENGED

Many states allow private citizens to challenge a voter’s eligibility at the polls. Too often, aggressive challenges done for partisan gain give way to abuse and unfounded accusations – and can lead to eligible voters being turned away. As private interests undertake massive challenge efforts at polls around the country this year, it’s important to know your rights. This guide explains what challengers can and can’t do, and ways that you can fight back and assert your right to vote.

Know Your Rights! Don’t Get Challenged at the Polls

TOP 5 MYTHS ABOUT VOTING

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about voting. In many states, deceiving voters is a crime. If you see misleading or deceptive information, report it by calling 1-866-OUR-VOTE or email help@866ourvote.org. Use this factsheet to separate voting fact from fiction.

Myth Busters: You Have a Right to Vote
 

GET INVOLVED: HOW TO VOLUNTEER AT THE POLLS

There are other ways to be part of the democratic process besides voting. With new changes in state law, and a significant rise in voter challenges expected, this year it is especially critical to have trained poll workers and poll monitors to ensure that elections run smoothly and fairly. As an American citizen, you have the opportunity to do both.

Visit the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s site for information on how to become a poll worker in your state, and sign up with Election Protection to volunteer as a poll monitor.

VIDEO YOUR VOTE

The suppression will be televised. You can help by documenting poll problems on camera. If you see any irregularities – whether voters are turned away, improperly or aggressively challenged, instructed to go to a different location, or if you run into issues yourself – get it on camera and upload your footage to Video the Vote. Their team will cross-post it to You Tube and store a high-res copy for media broadcast, helping to ensure that the full story of Election Day gets told.