1. Be sure you are properly registered. Most states require  voters  to  register  in  advance  of  an  election (although some allow Election Day registration).  To find out if you are properly registered, ensure that your address is up to date, obtain a copy of a voter registration form, or learn about registration deadlines in your state, contact your local election officials or refer to the resources below. If you have moved since registering, visit: .

2. Be sure you go to the correct polling place. In many states, if you vote at the wrong location, your vote will not be counted.  If you are unsure exactly where to vote, contact your local election officials or refer to the resources below to find your polling location. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT YOUR POLLING LOCATION.

3. Find out your options for convenient voting.

Many states will allow individuals to vote prior to Election Day, either in person or by absentee ballot.   Voters typically must request an absentee ballot in advance.  To learn about options in your state, including how to obtain an absentee ballot, refer to the resources below.

4. Find out if you are required to show ID. Every state has ID requirements for some categories of voters. Refer to the resources below to find your state’s rules. CLICK HERE FOR ID REQUIREMENTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR STATE.

5. Review sample ballots and information about candidates and issues. Familiarize yourself with the layout and instructions of the ballot to prevent mistakes when voting.   Some local election officials will provide you with a sample ballot if you request one.  Also, know who and what you’re voting for. To research candidates and ballot issues, contact local civic groups or visit: .

6. Assert your rights. If you are an eligible, registered voter, you have the right to vote, whether or not a poll worker finds your name on the list or a political operative challenges your eligibility at the polls.    If there is a question about your ability to vote a regular ballot on Election Day, call 866-OUR-VOTE.  Even voters whose eligibility is in question are entitled to vote by provisional ballot.

7. If you have questions, concerns or problems Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE or visit: , ,

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1. Asegúrese de que esté registrado correctamente.

Para saber sí está registrado correctamente, asegúrese de que su dirección este al corriente, obtenga una copia de su registro de votante e infórmese de la fecha limite para registrarse en su estado, póngase en contacto con los encargados del registro de elecciones o utilice los recursos que proporcionados al final de la página. Si ha cambiado de domicilio después de que se registró visite: .

2. Asegúrese  de  presentarse a  su  lugar  asignado para votar. En muchos estados si usted se presenta a votar en el lugar equivocado, su voto no será contado. Si no está seguro del lugar donde debe votar, llame a los encargados locales de las elecciones o utilice los recursos dados al final de la página para encontrar cual es el lugar donde usted deberá votar. Visite esta página para encontrar su lugar de votación

3. Investigue las opciones más convenientes para votar. Muchos estados permiten votar antes del día de las elecciones. Para informarse de las distintas opciones en su estado, refiérase a los recursos al final de la página.

4. Investigue si se requiere que presente una identificación. Refiérase a los recursos al final de la página para información sobre los requisitos de identificación de su estado. Visite esta página para más información acerca de los requisitos para votar

5. Examine  las  papeletas  de  muestra  y  la información sobre los candidatos y asuntos en cuestión. Familiarícese con el estilo y las instrucciones de la papeleta para prevenir errores durante la votación. Los encargados   de   la   votación   le   podrían   proporcionar muestras de la papeleta si usted la solicita. También debe saber por quien y porque vota. Para conocer mejor a los candidatos y los asuntos por los que se va a votar, pónganse en contacto con grupos cívicos o visite: .

6. Exija sus derechos. Si usted es un votante elegible y registrado, usted  tiene  derecho a    votar,  aunque tenga algún problema debido a que el encargado de la votación no encuentre su nombre en la lista o   porque algún operativo político se cuestione su elegibilidad al voto. En todo caso aunque hay alguna duda sobre su habilidad para votar  utilizando  una  papeleta  regular  el  día  de  las elecciones, llame al 888-VE-Y-VOTA. Aunque se le cuestione su elegibilidad al voto, tiene el derecho a votar utilizando una papeleta provisional.

7. Si tiene alguna duda, preocupación o problema.

Llame 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA o vaya al sitio web:

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