10 Ways to Protect Your Voting Rights
A handy guide to make sure your voice is heard.
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Know Your Rights! - Before you know it, Election Day will be here. Are you ready? To make sure you are, the Lawyers' Committee, the National Action Network and the National Coalition for Black Civic Participation have put together these 10 tips, which they released on National Voter Registration Day. It is all about "keeping the voting public involved in the voting process and confident in their right to cast a ballot that counts," said Barbara Arnwine, who heads the Lawyers' Committee. In the aftermath of Shelby County vs. Holder, in which the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, she added, "voters must be vigilant about their voting rights, particularly as states continue their voter suppression efforts to push through laws that compromise the integrity of the democratic process." – Joyce Jones (@BETpolitichick)(Photo: Kevin LaM...
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Be a Voting VIP - The last thing you want is to stand in a long line on Election Day only to learn that you're not eligible to vote. Now is a good time to verify your existing voter registration, find out what kind of identification you may need to present and make sure that you know where your polling location is. You can find out where to vote by calling 866-OUR-Vote (866-687-8683). You can also visit www.VOTE411.org or download the Election Protection smartphone app by texting EPAPP to 90975. (Photo: Eric Gay, File/AP Photo)
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Vote Early - In many states you can avoid the long lines by taking advantage of the early voting period. To find out if your state offers that option, visit www.canivote.org and click on the link for absentee and early voting. You can also visit your state's secretary of state website. (Photo: Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
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Out of Town? Vote Absentee - If you can't vote early and you're going to be out of town on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot from your county board of elections. Be sure to return the ballot before the stated deadline! (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
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Ask Questions - Poll workers are there to help you, so do not hesitate to ask questions if you are unsure about a voting procedure, how to operate the machine or have any other concern. An Election Protection trained volunteer may also be onsite. (Photo: Stephen Morton/Getty Images)