Know Your Rights Ahead of the Next Election Cycle

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Many Americans are eager to vote but might not know all the ins and outs of how to do so legally, or how to ensure their voting rights are upheld. Here are some important facts to keep in mind as we head into what promises to be another interesting election season.

For one, even though November is a long way off, primary season is just around the corner, with Idaho and New Hampshire holding their primaries in January. Keep an eye on the primary calendar so you don’t miss your state’s primary.

The ACLU also recently released an important guide for knowing your voting rights. At the top of their list is making sure you’re registered to vote and knowing how to find your polling place. Even if you’re already registered and you know where you’re supposed to vote, it’s a good idea to double-check. Sometimes polling places move.

You also may need to bring a form of ID to vote, depending on which state you live in.

One of the most controversial topics is early voting and absentee ballots. If you believe you may not be able to vote on election day, you should research your specific state’s rules about how to obtain a mail-in ballot.

As for your general rights on Election Day, there are some key takeaways:

Even if the polls close, you still have the right to vote as long as you are in line at the time. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t vote. Stay in line, and make sure your voice is heard.

If you mess up your ballot, you can always get a new one.

If there’s some kind of problem with the voting machine, or you think your vote isn’t registering correctly, you can always ask for a paper ballot.

If you have any problems on Election Day, you can call the National Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Remember that your right to vote also means being free from intimidation, harassment, or coercion from anyone who might be trying to stop you. You can call the 1-866-OUR-VOTE number to report any kind of inappropriate behavior at the polls.

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