Voting rights



To be eligible to register to vote you must:


  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be 18 years old on or before the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote
  • Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction*


As a registered voter, you should know that you have the right to…

  • Choose anyone to assist you in voting with the exception of your employer or union representative
  • Vote at your polling place even if your name is not on the voter list (by paper affidavit ballot)
  • Ask for and receive language assistance, including assistance in Spanish or another language where required by federal or state law
  • Vote by emergency paper ballot if the voting machine is broken
  • Vote as long as you arrive at the polls before the official closing time – even if you are still in line after that time
  • A reasonable amount of time to cast your vote
  • These are universal rights that all voters have. Click to check your state’s specific voting rights

**Ex-felons can usually register to vote if they completed their term of probation or parole.

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Para ser elegible a registrarse para votar, usted debe:

  • Ser un ciudadano de los Estados Unidos
  • Tener 18 años de edad durante o antes de la fecha de elecciones general, primaria u otra elección en la que desea votar
  • No estar cumpliendo una condena de cárcel o en libertad condicional por una condena de delito *

Como un votante registrado, usted debe saber que tiene el derecho de…


  • Elegir a alguien que le ayude a votar con la excepción de su empleador o agente de empleador o  un representante sindicalista
  • Puede votar en su centro electoral aun si su nombre no esta en la lista de votantes (por medio de una boleta de papel con una declaración jurada)
  • Recibir ayuda de los funcionarios electorales o de cualquier persona si usted no puede leer o tiene dificultad para leer o hablar ingles bajo la ley federal o estatal.
  • Votar por boleta de papel de emergencia si se las máquina de votación no están funcionando
  • Votar si llego a las urnas antes de la hora oficial de cierre – incluso si está todavía en línea después de ese tiempo usted tiene el derecho de permanecer en línea y votar.
  • Tener un tiempo razonable para emitir su voto
  • Estos son derechos universales que todos los votantes. Haga clic aquí para comprobar los derechos de los votantes específicamente por estado

** Ex convictos generalmente pueden registrarse para votar si han completado su período de libertad condicional

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Movimiento Hispano (Hispanic Movement) is a project of Latinos for Democracy (LFD) aimed at increasing Latino civic engagement and voter turnout. LFD is a coalition comprised of the Hispanic Federation (HF), The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). LFD has launched this website in order to create a nonpartisan, culturally competent virtual tool that will guide citizens on how to register to vote and engage civically online.

My Vote, My Right, is the AFL-CIO’s voter protection and education program, is a nonpartisan effort to raise awareness on voting rights, educate voters on new voting laws, ensure voters are able to vote fairly and without intimidation and that all votes are counted. You can use this site to register to vote, look up your state’s guidelines, sign up to be a poll worker or poll monitor, share voting graphics, or look up your polling place.

The nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Through their bilingual hotlines this website and comprehensive voter protection field programs across the country, they provide Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive voter information and advice on how they can make sure their vote is counted.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Voting Rights project "works to protect and expand Americans' freedom to vote through legislation, litigation, and voter education."

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has been at the forefront of the legal struggle to achieve equality and protect advances in voting rights for racial and ethnic minorities and other traditionally disenfranchised groups. Today, that tradition continues. With the indispensable assistance of private law firms, the Voting Rights Project is an integrated program of litigation, voter protection, research, advocacy and education.

The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law is a "nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice.