Important Election-Day Dos And Don'ts For Voters

Government & Politics Blog

While certainly the most popular political election in terms of voter turnout is the presidential election, the fact remains that individual states and municipalities hold elections much more frequently. As a democratic society, the needs and demands of the masses are best met when everybody participates in the voting process. So whether you're preparing to cast your vote for president, governor, mayor, or even Senate seats, there are some things you should be reminded of before you head to the polls.

DO Check Your Registration Status

If you've moved since you last registered to vote are simply aren't sure if you're registered in your precinct, be sure to check in the days or even weeks before election day. You should have a valid voter registration card that was mailed to you by your local precinct, along with the name and address of that voting location. If you don't have this card, you'll need to update your registration and receive a new card in the mail.

DON'T Be Deterred By Lines

Some of the busiest times to vote on election days are in the early morning (before most people head into work) and the early evening (when most people are getting off of work). Understand that, even if there are long lines, you will be allowed to vote so long as you're in line by your voting precinct's designated time. If you're not a fan of waiting in lines, consider going to vote during a less busy time of day, such as during your lunch break.

DO Bring Proper Identification

Check with your local precinct to see exactly what forms of identification you'll need to bring with you in order to vote. Generally, you'll need at least one form of ID that has your name, a photo, and a signature in order to be properly identified. However, this can vary from state to state.

DON'T Campaign or Solicit

Finally, if you're a campaigner for any particular candidate, understand that you cannot legally campaign or solicit votes outside of any polling precinct. Generally, it's okay to wear a button or hat with your favorite candidate's name on it, but you cannot try to encourage others to vote for any particular candidate on the grounds of a voting facility. If you see any solicitors or campaigners trying to "buy" votes, be sure to report this to a poll worker right away.

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