(USNewsMag.com) – Whether local politics or national politics, it’s important for voters to know they have many rights. Here are ways to learn more about your rights as a voter and how to exercise your voting rights.
Each state has different voter registration deadlines and requirements for registering to vote. Therefore, voters must check their registration status before Election Day. If you are not registered to vote, the website vote.gov will help you find your options for registering to vote.
To find your polling place, voters can go to the website https://all.votinginfotool.org. Every state has different requirements for documents you need to bring in order to vote, with some states requiring an ID or document proving your residence. The website https://www.ncsl.org/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id lets you know what you need to bring to vote.
Some states allow voters to vote before Election Day, either by mail-in or absentee ballot. You can check the requirements for voting early for your state at the website https://www.aclu.org/let-people-vote.
On Election Day, every voter has the right to stay in line if they are still in line when the polls close. And remember to request a new ballot if there is a mistake on the ballot and ask for a paper ballot if machines at your polling place are down.
If your name is not on the list of registered voters, you are still able to vote by using a provisional ballot.
All polling places used for federal elections are required, under federal law, to be fully accessible to voters with disabilities. If you have a disability, election officials must help you vote by making reasonable accommodations as needed.
Voter intimidation is a federal crime that can include aggressively questioning voters about their qualifications to vote, giving false information regarding election officials, and other forms of harassment. Report any incidents of voter intimidation to your local officials, provide a sworn statement to a poll worker about your qualifications to vote in the state, and then cast your ballot.
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