Monday, November 3, 2008

It's almost Tuesday

To paraphrase poet Robert Browning, people have died trying to get to this place where we are now...
So go out and vote!

And, know your rights:

  1. Don’t be fooled by misleading flyers. Both Democrats and Republicans vote on Tuesday, November 4.
  2. If you receive a phone call offering to help you vote by phone, hang up and report the incident to 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (1-888-839-8682).
  3. If you have a driver’s license, U.S. passport, or state-issued identification, bring it!
  4. If you do not, bring a document that shows your name and address, such as a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck stub, government check, or other government document. If you do not have any of these forms of ID and are a registered voter, you can still cast a provisional ballot.
  5. If you need assistance reading or filling out the ballot, you have the right to bring someone with you to the polls to help you or to request assistance from a poll worker. Some locations, but not all, are required to have materials in Spanish or other languages. For a list of these locations, call 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (1-888-839-8682).
  6. If you make a mistake on your voting ballot, you have the right to get a new one.
  7. If you have any problems, such as your name does not appear on the list, you do not have ID, or there are no more ballots, request a provisional ballot.
  8. If the election voting machine you are using does not work or flips your vote to another candidate, contact a poll worker. You have the right to use another machine or cast a paper ballot.
  9. If you are already in line by the time the polls close, you have the right to cast your vote.
  10. You have the right to vote in secret and without being intimidated.
  11. If you are denied a provisional ballot, have any problems that prevent you from casting your vote, or witness any questionable incidents, call 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (1-888-839-8682).
  12. If you have lost your home to foreclosure, you still have the right to vote. Contact your local election board to inquire as to where you should go.

For more information on voting and state-specific information, visit

(Thanks to Elena Lacayo for this information.)

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