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October 28, 2004
Protect Your Right to Vote
Around the country, but particularly in battleground states, Republicans are actively trying to disenfranchise voters and keep them from helping decide the next president.
To protect your right to vote, there are a few things you can to do.
1. Take advantage of early voting.
Many states now offer the option of voting in the days and even weeks preceding an election. Some pollsters are reporting that as many as 11% of registered voters have already voted, and expect that number to double before November 2nd rolls around. In California, early voting is usually available in City Hall (as it is right now in San Francisco).
Even though many of us enjoy the tradition of voting on election day, there are numerous advantages of voting early. Any possible confusion about one's correct polling location (as in Florida where many polling places had to change as a result of the recent hurricanes) is mitigated. Any questions about whether you're correctly registered to vote can be resolved before election day, as can any documentation of proof of identification. And early votes are counted first, giving you a chance to "bank" votes on election day and see an immediate impact once polls close. And voting before election day gives you all day on Tuesday to help get out the vote.
NOTE: If you have received an absentee ballot but have not yet returned it, please note that in most states it must be received by election officials (not simply postmarked) on election day. Remember, you can always hand-deliver your absentee ballot to early voting locations, or turn it in to any precinct on election. Only turn in your ballot to election officials in official election locations. There have been reports in some areas of people going door to door to pick up absentee ballots, claiming to be official poll workers. This is a scam to steal votes!
2. If you can't vote before election day, vote early on election day.
Things can always happen. Bad weather can make one wonder if it's worth schlepping out to the polls. Rumors of early returns elsewhere might discourage you or recklessly embolden you. The babysitter or preschool might call saying that the kids are sick and you need to come home, or your boss might call an emergency meeting at the end of the day.
If you vote in the morning, you'll typically avoid longer evening lines, and the normal day-to-day issues that can come up later in the day won't keep you from exercising your right to vote. And if an election official can't find your name on the list, there's time to look up your correct polling location.
3. Look up your correct polling location before you go to vote.
Don't assume that you'll be voting in the same place you always do. You probably will, but it may have changed. If you try to vote in the wrong location, you may be denied, or they may provide you with a provisional ballot that will only be considered in the event of a close state or local race. It's always best to spend extra time going to the correct location - don't settle for a provisional ballot if you can avoid it.
Your polling location should be printed on the back of the voting materials you received in the mail. You can also look it up by entering your street address and zip code into the mypollingplace.com website. If they don't have your address, contact your local Board of Elections (or look online: they may have a website). If worst comes to worse, try calling the local Democratic Central Committee to see if they can look it up for you.
4. Bring a photo ID.
Some areas may require proper identification when you vote, particularly if it's your first time registered at that address. If your driver's license, passport, or state identification card uses an older address than where you're registered, it's safest to also bring a utility bill, phone bill, or paycheck that has both your name and your address printed on it.
5. When you vote, know your rights.
6. Act on any suspicions of election tampering or mischief.
If there are specific individuals who are challenging your right to vote, or are intimidating voters, or are otherwise interfering with the process, try to get their names. Write down exactly what happened, including the time of day, the location, the names and descriptions of the people involved, and any other details. Then report the problem:
MoveOn PAC has a downloadable PDF ballot protection card that you can print out and take to the polls. It provides these numbers in a handy, wallet-size card that you can bring with you to the polls.
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