Do You Know Your Rights as a Voter?

( – If you’re an American over the age of 18 who hasn’t been convicted of a felony you have the right to vote! Are you registered? Do you know how? Here, let the ACLU help.

You can check to see if you’re eligible here, and if you need to register, you can go here for specific instructions based on your location. Some states even have online options. Voting is a locally executed practice, so local and state laws matter a lot and make the process somewhat variable depending on where in the country you live.

If you want to find where you go in your area to vote, you can find your local polling station here.

It helps to get your thoughts together in advance and plan your day. Will you need to arrive late or leave early from work or school to vote? Have you considered who you will vote for and researched the candidates? Are there any referendums on the ballot, and if so, how will they impact you and your family? These are all important considerations.

Check in advance if you need to bring your ID to vote. Some states require identification to confirm your identity whereas others merely check your name off a list they have of voters registered in their district.

If you’re unable to physically vote the day of, have you considered an absentee ballot? These are reserved for folks who are out of town or otherwise unable to vote in person. Practices vary by state, so be sure to do your due diligence in advance if you want to exercise that option.

Another important point: if the polls close while you’re in line, stay in line! You’ll eventually be offered the opportunity to vote as long as you were in line before the polls closed. If you change your mind or make an error in voting, you can request a new ballot and start over. If for any reason the machines aren’t working, you can request a paper ballot.

Any questions, problems, or concerns, you can contact the ACLU at 1-866-687-8683.

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