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As an American citizen, yours isstarts on the day you turn 18. However, you have to activate this before before election day. And while there are several laws protecting your right to vote, there are people who try to mislead you with false information that could even reach your limits .
For example, you may hear this mistakenlyleads to electoral fraud, but there is no evidence of coordinated electoral fraud via email. Fewer than 150 criminal convictions have been passed for the crime in the past 20 years. As an American citizen, you also have the right to maintain your health during the by . Here is everything you should know.
You can choose to vote by email or in person
You have the right to vote by post or in person. Others may be trying to prevent you from voting by post based on false rumors of email fraud. However, the FBI has announced that it ““to alter the election results through voting fraud, and no evidence of coordinated efforts was seen.
If you are concerned about your postal vote, go here, and .
You have the right to vote privately and not be intimidated
There’s a reason booths are set up at different polling stations – to protect your right to choose who you vote. Don’t let someone convince you to watch you fill out your ballot – even if they’re an election worker. If someone interferes during the vote, it is considered voter intimidation and your right to vote privately is protected by voter intimidation laws.
If this happens let an election officer know and then(1-866-OUR VOTE) or the Department of Justice’s voting hotline (1-800-253-3931). You should also contact your state electoral authority. If someone tries to harm you, call the police.
You have the right to vote in your mother tongue
Voters who do not wish to vote in English (e.g. English can be a second language) can get poll assistance by bringing a friend or relative. Under the Voting Rights Act, some counties are required to provide bilingual assistance to voters in the language they speak. You can contact your county and request a ballot and informational material in your primary language.
Other rights you have
- If the polls close while you are in line, you will still have the right to vote.
- You can request a new ballot if you make a mistake.
- You can use a machine or a paper ballot and switch to paper when a machine breaks.
- You can if your state allows it.
- If you are unsure whether you are eligible, you are entitled to a preliminary ballot which will be counted when it is determined that you are eligible.
- Older adults and people with disabilities have the right to accessible polling stations and someone to help them.
- People with intellectual disabilities cannot be turned away or prevented from voting.
If you have any problems or want to check your rights on election day, you can call the toll-free numbers below, also in multiple languages.
Some people with offenses can vote
Depending on the state you live in and your beliefs, you may be able to restore your voting rights if it has been suspended. In some states, people convicted of criminal offenses lose their right to vote indefinitely, depending on the offense, or require a governor pardon to re-elect, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In other states like Maine, people convicted of crimes never lose their vote, even if they are incarcerated.
Most states restore the right to vote after completing their sentences, according to the Campaign Legal organization. You can check your status to see if your voting rights have been restored in the state you live in.
You have the right to vote one time
Regardless of what you may hear wrong from others, youin the same choice. Double voting is a federal crime punishable by a fine and / or imprisonment. In addition to federal law, each country has its own anti-double vote laws.
Your rights are protected by two laws
The Voting Rights Act of 1965
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is federal law that protects voters from racial discrimination. It enforces the 15th amendment which states, “The right to vote for citizens of the United States shall not be denied or curtailed by either the United States or any state on the basis of race, color, or prior condition of servitude.”
The National Voter Registration Act of 1993
The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (also known as the Motor Voter Act) was enacted to improve choices for Americans by making voting easier and maintaining registration.
The NVRA also urges states to provide voter registration in all offices that provide public assistance and government-funded programs for people with disabilities.
Who to call if you have a problem with the surveys
If you run into problems or have any questions while voting, you can call one of these hotline numbers.
Election protection hotline:
- English: 1-866-OUR VOTE / 1-866-687-8683
- Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
- Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287
- To the Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683
More information on voting can be found here, and .