Exercising Your Right to Vote with Confidence

(ConservativeInsider.org) – Whether it’s primary season or a general election, Americans have rights in terms of voting. Voting rights are one of our most fundamental rights that allow our democracy to function. Let’s review what rights voters in America have.

Though laws vary by state, all Americans have certain rights when it comes to voting. Some states require voters to be registered to vote before voting day, while other states will let you register to vote the day of. You can find out how to get registered in your state at vote.gov.

Some states require government-issued identification, while other states do not. You can find out what your state requires from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Be sure to check before voting day arrives to make sure you’re prepared.

Due to long lines or different schedules, some people may not get to vote before a polling place officially closes. If you were in line when the polling place closes, stay in line, because they are required to let you vote that day. You may ask for a paper ballot if you don’t want to use a voting machine or if your voting machine is malfunctioning.

If you run into any issues you are unsure of how to address on voting day, you can reach the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).

People with disabilities must be allowed a fair chance to vote. Federal law requires that all polling places for federal elections must be fully accessible to all American, including voters with disabilities. If you are unable to read or write in English and require assistance, you have the right to receive help from the person of your choosing, however, it may not be your employer or an officer within your union. You can bring a person to assist you, but you may be required to swear under oath that you have a disability and have requested assistance from this person. Reasonable accommodations must be made for all voters, whether it is a physical or mental disability.

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