Each election period in the USA brings with it many fears, a very common one is the possibility that you will be challenge the right to vote.
Although it is not common, it is a good idea to be prepared for this eventuality and so that you know what you should do, our friends at The Conversation have the following guide.
To ensure that your vote counts, it is recommended that you follow the following steps:
1. Confirm that you are registered to vote in the US elections
Before you vote, make sure are you registered for vote. You can check the status of your registration using this online tool.
In case it gets complicated, you can call your office local election or a voter help line.
If you are not registered, you can use this tool from the National Conference of State Legislatures to find your state’s online registration application. If you need to do this in person, call your local election office for instructions.
If the registration deadline has passed, you should be aware that many states allow the same day registration at the polling place.
You can find your state’s voting day laws detailed here.
If possible, you will need to ask a poll worker to give you a registration for the same day.
Problems at your polling station?
Although there may be some problems when voting, there are some ways to solve them.
Possibility #1: Machines broken ballot.
If you are asked to leave because the machines have broken down, don’t leave. ask to be given a paper ticket.
Possibility #2: You are waiting in line and officials report that the polling place it has closed.
If you got to the polling line before it closedDon’t let them turn you down at closing time if you haven’t voted. You have the legal right to vote in those circumstances, so please stay in line and wait to cast your vote.
Possibility #3: You are not on the list of registered voters.
If they tell you that you cannot vote because your name not on the list of voters, ask the poll worker to check again and review the list of supplemental voters.
If they still can’t find your name, ask the poll worker to check if you are in the right place.
Possibility #4: Someone says you don’t have the right to vote.
If your eligibility to vote continues to be in question even though you are sure you are at the correct polling place, ask to issue a provisional vote, which is available in all states except Idaho and Minnesota. You can find details about your state’s provisional voting rules here.
Track your provisional ballot here.
Call a helpline
If you don’t receive a provisional ballot, call a help line to obtain electoral assistance. Here are four hotlines, run by members of the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition, that can help you:
English: 866-OUR-VOTE/866-687-8683, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Spanish: 888-VE-Y-VOTA/888-839-8682, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund
Asian Languages: 888-API-VOTE/888-274-8683, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote
Arabic: 844-YALLA-US/844-925-5287, American Arab Institute