Monday, November 3, 2008

1-866-OUR-VOTE

I am reliably informed that

If you go to the polls tomorrow and have problems with voter suppression or intimidation of any kind, this is what you should do: call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. This is the national election protection hotline set up by the the ACLU, the National Lawyers Committee and other groups. They will intervene and even dispatch mobile legal teams if necessary.
Voting day is Tuesday, November 4 in all locations in the USA. There is no such thing as voting by phone.

Here are more tips for protecting your vote, these three of which seem very sensible:
6. Take your government-issued ID and your cell phone, if you have one. If you have problems, or see problems, call a hotline immediately ... [1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) ... You may not need ID to vote, but it's best to have it. If you have trouble with your registration, ask for a provisional ballot.

7. Avoid Straight Party Voting, if it's an option in your state. Vote for each race individually, even if it takes a little longer.

8. Verify your vote. If you’re voting on an electronic voting machine, check the review screen to make sure it reflects your vote. If the machine produces a paper record, check as you go along that everything is working correctly. If not, speak to a polling attendant—don’t leave until you’re sure your vote has been properly recorded.

9. Document and report. If you encounter difficulties, or see others experiencing difficulties (excessive lines, voter harassment, malfunctioning machines, etc.), make a detailed record. Get all the facts you can—location, names, specific problem.
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