Check Your Voter Registration
- Make sure you’re registered.
- If you’re not registered, check your state election board website.
- 21 states and DC allow same day voter registration when you arrive at the polls. Check your state’s same day registration rules.
Know Your Rights
Once at the polls, you have the right to:
- Cast your ballot in private and without interference
- Stay in line
- Receive assistance if you have a disability or difficulty reading, speaking, or writing in English
- An accessible polling place and ADA-compliant voting devices
- Request a paper ballot (especially if electronic voting machines break down)
- Get a replacement ballot if you made a mistake or wish to change your vote
- Cast a regular ballot, instead of a provisional ballot (in most cases) – if you are told you can only cast a provisional ballot, ask what the reason is and where you can check to see if your provisional ballot was counted.
- If you are being told you cannot vote for any reason (registration issue, lack of ID) you can and should ask for a provisional ballot, and vote that way.
Phone Numbers for Election Protection
If you have any problems voting, call or text an Election Protection Hotline:
- Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – (866) 687-8683
- NALEO Educational Fund (Spanish/English) – (888) 839-8682
- Arab American Institute (Arabic/English) – (844) 925-5287
- APIAVote and AAJC (English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali) – (888) 274-8683
- Text MYVOTE to 866-687-8683 to get voting help from a trained Election Protection volunteer – Once a response is received, reply with your ZIP code to get connected to a hotline volunteer
Download These Civic Engagement Fact Sheets
The right to vote is essential to American Democracy. Throughout our history, access to the polls for communities of color and low-income community members has been threatened and jeopardized. Watch for a short history of attacks on voting rights in America and current concerns for the 2020 cycle.
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