Make Sure You Know Your Rights for the 2024 Elections

( – Most US citizens over the age of 18 have a right to vote in elections. While the presidential general election gets the most attention, adults need to use their voices through the power of the ballot in local and state events, too. To ensure you’re able to cast your vote on election day, you need to know your rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) listed Americans’ basic rights on election day, in addition to information about how to deal with difficult scenarios to make sure every vote counts. Keep in mind that if you are in line when the polls close, stay there because you still have the right to cast your ballot. If you get to the front of the line and the machines are down, ask the poll workers for a paper ballot to submit. And if you make a mistake on that paper ballot, ask for a new one.

After waiting your turn on election day, if you find your name isn’t on the list of registered voters, don’t worry; you can still make your voice heard. Provide proof that you are a registered voter and ask for a provisional ballot to cast. Be sure to bring your identification and your voter card so you don’t run into any problems.

Disabled Americans have additional rights at election time. Federal law states that polling places must be accessible to those with disabilities, have at least one voting system allowing these individuals to privately vote, and there must be a resource available to assist those who have difficulty reading or writing while maintaining their privacy. Note: Those with a mental disability have the right to vote in elections.

Those who cannot travel to the polls can exercise their rights with an absentee ballot. Ask for one well ahead of time, follow the instructions, and return it before election day.

If you run into problems on election day and all else fails, call the Election Protection Hotline for help at 1-866-OUR-VOTE and make your voice heard.

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