Things to Know Before You Go to the Polls

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Because knowing is half the battle! Or so we’re told.

 

 

Election Day is tomorrow and that means millions of you are going to the polling booth to preform your civic duty. While the process should be pretty simple, we decided to jot down a few things you should know before you go to the polling booth.

 

 

  • If your ballot is issued in either of these states: Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Dakota, Ohio, Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, or Washington; then you should bring a state issued photo-ID when you go and vote! While these states have varying degrees of validation if you don’t have your ID, ranging from having a poll worker vouch for the voter to signing an affidavit, if you want the smoothest time at the voting booth, bring your state ID.

 

 

  • If you’ve been on social media the past few weeks, you might have noticed tweets like the one above. Voting lines are expected to be long this election due to various voting laws that have been passed in multiple states. However it’s important to remember that you have a right to cast your vote in secret and without intimidation. That means voting in a private booth. And if you think that’s not a problem, think again.

 

  • If you know someone that doesn’t speak English or needs assistance in the voting booth, the law allows them to have someone – like an interpreter – to enter the booth with them.

 

  • Finally, if you think there are possible voting violations happening at your polling place, contact your local election official. Because while it’s usually true “snitches get stiches”, in this case you’re protecting the fundamental building blocks of Democracy, so the streets will understand.

 

 

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