Local, state, and federal officials in the United States take voting very seriously, and the rights of voters are vigorously protected by both state and federal statute.
Key scenarios and rights for voters in them include:
- If the Polling Place or Vote Center Is About to Close: If you’re waiting in line when polls close, you have the right to stay in line as long as it takes to be able to cast your ballot.
- If You Make a Mistake: If you make a mistake on your ballot, you have the right to ask for a new ballot. Never cross out selections because it could result in confusion about what you selected.
- If You Need Accommodations: Polling places should be accessible to all voters, including those with disabilities. Poll workers are required to make reasonable accommodations to allow you to vote, in accordance with ADA standards. In some states, voters have the right to request voting materials in another language.
- If You Haven’t Registered to Vote: In some states, you can register in person at your elections office or at the polling place through Election Day. If you haven’t already registered and your state’s deadline to register online or by mail has passed, check with your local elections office to see if in-person registration is an option.
- If You See Voter Interference: Candidates’ supporters generally have the right to electioneer (campaign) near polling places, but only from a certain distance, set by the state. No one is allowed to threaten or intimidate voters. If you see or experience voter interference or intimidation, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).
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