Early voting is a convenience voting process by which voters in a public election can vote prior to the scheduled election day. Early voting can take place remotely, such as via postal voting, or in person, usually in designated early voting polling stations. The availability and time periods for early voting vary among jurisdictions and types of election. The goals of early voting are usually to increase voter participation and relieve congestion at polling stations on election day.
Please click here to check the EARLY VOTING Calendar in YOUR STATE.
An absentee ballot is a vote cast by someone who is unable or unwilling to attend the official polling station to which the voter is normally allocated. Methods include voting at a different location, postal voting, proxy voting and online voting. Increasing the ease of access to absentee ballots is seen by many as one way to improve voter turnout through convenience voting, though some countries require that a valid reason, such as infirmity or travel, be given before a voter can participate in an absentee ballot.
If you make a mistake filling out your absentee ballot ask for another ballot (3-MAX) and void the ballot(s) in error.
You can track your Absentee Ballot as it goes through the process by visiting your local Secretary of State website.
Please click here for info on ABSENTEE BALLOTS in YOUR STATE.
Make sure that you have all forms of Identification required to vote in your jurisdiction BEFORE you leave home. If you are unsure about required IDs call 1-866-687-8683 or your local county board of elections before NOVEMBER 3rd and ask them what is required.
Once you get to the poll, If you're told that you're NOT ELIGIBLE then ask for the SITE MANAGER or CLERK to call and get your information checked out by their HOTLINE nubmer (all voting places have a HOTLINE number).
If you've had a Change of Address and you are in the correct polling location for your new address they will have you fill out an AFFIRMATION AFFIDAVIT. Once you sign it you should be able to VOTE because you've proven your residency.
Still having problems? Then call the ELECTION PROTECTION HOTLINE at 866-687-8683.
If you still have no resolution then request a PROVISIONAL BALLOT. (Please see below)
*** Ask for a PROVISIONAL BALLOTT and RECEIPT if you encounter and problems at the polls on Nov. 3rd that remain unresolved after exhausting the previous steps. ***
In elections in the United States, a provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a given voter's eligibility that must be resolved before the vote can count. The federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 guarantees that, in most states, the voter can cast a provisional ballot if the voter states that he or she is entitled to vote.
Please click here for the PROVISIONAL BALLOT laws in YOUR STATE.
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