Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Your Voting Rights

(Courtesy of Rebecca Saunders--handy guide for first time voters--please pass it on)


If you are in line at the official closing of the polls, you are legally entitled to vote and the polling location must allow you to vote.

Bring your driver's license/photo ID with your local address or your driver's license and college campus ID with you to your polling location. You have the right to vote in the community where you live and go to school--whether you are an in-state or out-of-state student. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.)

If your registration is in question or you've forgotten to bring a picture ID, you have the right to request and complete a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot will be verified and counted in the event of a close election. Do not leave without voting!

If you make a mistake or spoil your ballot before it is submitted, you have the right to receive a replacement ballot.

You have the right to file a written complaint at your polling place if you are dissatisfied with the way an election is being run. And you have the right to vote with out anyone in the polling place trying to influence your vote.

If you experience any intimidation or problems voting at your polling location call the Election Protection Project at the toll-free number, 1-866-OUR-VOTE. The hotline provides free, immediate and multi-lingual assistance to help voters who encounter barriers to the ballot box.

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