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Sun Oct 28, 2018, 12:00 PM

What to do if you are turned away from the polls

If you are a registered voter and you are turned away at the polls because your name is not on the register, don’t walk away. Tell them "Give me a provisional ballot and receipt as law requires.”


It depends on the state you live in, but here are steps you can take in any state to make sure you can vote in this election:

Check your registration now. While the voter registration deadline has passed in many states, it is still important that you double-check and make sure you are still properly registered to vote. Plus, 17 states allow for Election Day registration—check here to see if your state is one of them.

Find your polling place before Election Day. You can be turned away if you attempt to vote at the wrong location, so make sure that you know where to go. You should also be aware of the polling place hours and make sure that you arrive before they close. Remember that if you are in line at the time the polling location is set to close, you still have the right to vote and they cannot legally turn you away. Call the nonpartisan hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE if you run into any problems.

Make sure you have the required voter identification with you when you vote. Different states have different standards about what identification they will accept, so make sure to check in advance. Check now, that way if you don't have the required identification, you may have time to obtain it before Election Day.

Vote early if that option is available. If you have been falsely removed from the rolls, you will find out sooner rather than later and can call 1-866-OUR-VOTE to connect with a voter protection volunteer who can help you figure out what to do next.

If you are not on the voting rolls at your precinct or are turned away, election officials are required to give you a provisional ballot. (Some states call it a “challenge ballot” or an “affidavit ballot.”) Ask for one and request a receipt or other information about what you need to do to be sure your vote is counted.

If you have any problems that you can't work out, call the toll-free, nationwide, nonpartisan hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) and talk to a trained volunteer for voting assistance.

You can learn more about your local laws and find other election protection news and information at 866OurVote.org.

https://aflcio.org/2018/10/24/what-do-if-youre-turned-away-polls

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Reply What to do if you are turned away from the polls (Original post)
FM123 Oct 2018 OP
2naSalit Oct 2018 #1
SCantiGOP Oct 2018 #2
Pachamama Oct 2018 #3
2naSalit Oct 2018 #4
FM123 Oct 2018 #5
2naSalit Oct 2018 #6

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Sun Oct 28, 2018, 12:05 PM

1. K&R

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 12:10 PM

2. I may not vote......

if I am in the DU In Memoriam section on Elections Day. Otherwise there will be at least one straight Democratic ballot in my precinct.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 12:29 PM

3. I just went online and looked up and verified my registration status - it showed I was registered

....and have vote by mail status and that it had not been received yet.

I plan tomorrow to actually go to the Registrar of Voters/Election office for my county and hand in physically my vote by mail ballot instead of even mailing it.

I then plan in the days after to check the status online that shows its been received (yes, my county gives that kind of detail). I want to know my vote was received and I will do all I can to physically get it in. There isn't anything closer to guaranteeing that then what I plan to do.

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Response to FM123 (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 01:04 PM

4. Thanks for posting this important PSA!!!

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 01:37 PM

5. You are welcome!

I have only a handful of "facebook friends" (mostly old friends and out of town relatives) but some of them have a large social media presence with thousands of "friends" and they are starting to post and share this info so I really hope the word gets out. I live in Florida where voter suppression is rampant so we need to be ready fight back when they try to block us.

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Response to FM123 (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 28, 2018, 03:38 PM

6. Cool.

I vote by mail and have already cast my ballot. I live in a really rural place and do get out on occasion to rally others, I certainly stay on the younger faction of my family, mostly women... they do't need too much encouragement. Several own pink hats.

This info is absolutely a major weapon for honest voters being wrongly purged to fight for their right. I laud everyone who gets this out into the public well before the last day of voting.

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