AAUW Action Network: Protect Your Vote on Election Day

AAUW Action Network: Protect Your Vote on Election Day
Protect Your Vote on Election Day More Info
Election Day is almost here. You have been preparing for months to ensure that women’s voices and issues are heard on November 4; now is the time to make sure your vote is counted.
Be Sure That You Are Registered to Vote
Be sure that you are registered to vote. Visit the National Association of Secretaries of State website at CanIVote.org to check whether or not you are registered to vote at your current address. If you know that you are not registered to vote, or that your address needs to be updated, you can register to vote online. Voter registration deadlines in some states have already passed. See a list of voter registration deadlines for all states here.
If you won’t be able to make it to your polling place on Election Day, request an absentee ballot. The League of Women Voters Education Fund’s Vote411.org website has an online absentee ballot request tool. You can also visit GoVoteAbsentee.org for more information.
Some states have already begun early voting, where you can vote in person, without an excuse, in advance of Election Day. Contact your state election office to see if this is an option in your state, and avoid the lines on Election Day.
Be Prepared on Election Day
Find your polling place ahead of time. You can locate your local polling place using your zip code at Vote411.org or MyPollingPlace.com.
Find out which forms of ID your state requires by visiting the Election Protection website at 866OurVote.org, and make sure to bring those forms of ID with you.
Know Your Rights
If you are an eligible voter, you have the following rights:
If your name is not on the official voter list but you believe you are eligible to vote in that precinct, even if an election official challenges your vote, you have the right to cast a provisional ballot.
If you are in line when the polls close, you are entitled to vote no matter how long it takes to get to the booth.
In many states, employers must allow you time to vote at some point during the day. You can’t be fired for being late due to long polling lines. Check your personnel policies with your employer.
You have the right to vote without being intimidated by anyone.
Visit the Election Protection website at 866OurVote.org for more information on your rights.
Know the Issues
Find out where the candidates stand on issues important to women and girls. AAUW’s voter guides will help voters make informed decisions on where candidates in the presidential race and in hot congressional races stand on AAUW issues.
AAUW’s Congressional Voting Record for the 110th Congress gives our members and the public critical information about how all members of Congress voted on AAUW priority issues.
Encourage Others to Vote
Make voting a social outing; bring your friends and neighbors with you to vote.
Wear your "I Voted" sticker the rest of the day to show your coworkers that you voted, and encourage them to vote, too.
Forward this alert to your friends and family.
What if Something Goes Wrong?
First, document it. If there are specific individuals challenging your right to vote, intimidating voters, or interfering with the process, try to get their names. Write down exactly what happened, including the time of day, descriptions of the people involved, and any other details you can remember. A cell phone camera could be very useful in this process, if you have one.
Then, report it. There are many organizations that will be working to respond quickly to complaints of voter intimidation, suppression, and fraud. Here’s who to call.
1-866-OUR-VOTE. This hotline has been set up by the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. They have hundreds of lawyers standing by to immediately respond to problems at the polls. Call as soon as possible after you encounter problems.
Share your experiences with others and ensure that the media and watchdog groups are aware of any problems by using the citizen-driven election monitoring platform Twitter Vote Report.
Voters who believe they have been the victim of racial discrimination in voting should contact the U.S. Department of Justice at 1-800-253-3931 in addition to the 866-OUR-VOTE number.
For more information, visit AAUW’s Voter Education Campaign. Together, we can ensure women’s voices and issues are heard on Election Day.
Washington Update is AAUW’s free, members-only weekly e-bulletin. It offers an insider’s view on the legislative process, the latest policy news, resources for advocates, programming ideas, and updates from the Public Policy and Government Relations Department. To stay up-to-date on all issues important to our mission, all AAUW members, including college and university partners, are encouraged to subscribe to Washington Update by emailing VoterEd@aauw.org
AAUW’s blog, AAUW Dialog, provides timely commentary on current news and events and the way they relate to AAUW’s mission. Share your thoughts and stay up-to-date on all the latest news by subscribing to the AAUW blog RSS feed.
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The 2009 AAUW Convention is scheduled for June 26-28, 2009 in St. Louis, MO. Please remember to plan for convention in your 2009 budget, put it on your calendar, and join us in St. Louis!

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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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