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As a US citizen, yoursbegins on the day you turn 18. However, you must activate that right before election day. And even though there are several laws that protect your voting rights, there are people who may try to mislead you with false information that may even .
For example, you may hear it incorrectlyleads to election fraud, but there has been no evidence of a concerted effort to combat fraud, with fewer than 150 criminal convictions for the crime in the last 20 years. As a US citizen, you also have the right to protect your health during past . Here’s everything you need to know.
You can choose to vote by mail or in person
You have the right to vote by mail or in person. Others may try to dissuade you from voting by mail because of false rumors of postal fraud. However, the FBI has said that it would be ““to change election results by fraud by mail and have not seen any evidence of a concerted effort to do so.
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You have the right to vote privately and not be intimidated
There is a reason why booths are placed over constituencies – to protect your right to choose who you vote for. Do not let anyone convince you that they need to see you fill in your poll – even if it’s a poll worker. If someone intervenes while you are voting, it is considered threatening to voters and your right to vote privately is protected by federal laws threatening voters.
If this happens, notify a voter and then(1-866-OUR VOTE) or U.S. Department of Justice Hotline (1-800-253-3931). You should also contact your state election board. If anyone is trying to cause bodily harm, call the police.
You have the right to vote in your mother tongue
Voters who do not want to vote in English (eg English may be a second language) can get help with the election by bringing a friend or relative. According to the Voting Rights Act, some counties must provide bilingual assistance to voters in the language they speak. You can contact your county and request a vote and information material in your primary language.
Other rights you have
- If the votes are closed while you are standing in line, you still have the right to vote.
- You can request a new vote if you make a mistake.
- You can choose to use a machine or a paper poll and switch to paper if a machine breaks.
- You can if your state allows it.
- If you are not sure that you are eligible, you are entitled to a preliminary vote which is counted if it is determined that you are eligible.
- Older adults and people with disabilities have the right to available polling stations and someone who can help them.
- People with mental disabilities can not be rejected or prevented from voting.
If you have a problem or want to double check your rights on election day, you can call toll-free numbers below, including in several languages.
Some people with crimes can vote
Depending on the country you live in and your beliefs, you may be able to restore your right to vote if it is suspended. In some states, people convicted of crimes lose their voting rights indefinitely due to the crime, or they need a governor’s pardon to vote again, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In other states, such as Maine, people convicted of crimes never lose their right to vote, even if they are imprisoned.
According to the organization Campaign Legal, most states restore the right to vote for people after they have completed their sentences. 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
No matter what you may incorrectly hear from others, youin the same election. Double voting is a federal crime that can be punished with a fine and / or imprisonment. In addition to federal law, each state also has its own set of laws against double voting.
Your rights are protected by two laws
The Voting Rights Act of 1965
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is a federal law that protects voters from racial discrimination. It implements the 15th Amendment, which states “The right of American citizens to vote shall not be denied or curtailed by the United States or by any State on the grounds of race, color or previous slavery.”
National Voter Registration Act of 1993
The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (also known as the Motor Voter Act) was passed to improve voting opportunities for Americans by making it easier to vote and maintain registration.
NVRA also requires that states offer opportunities for voter registration at all offices that provide public support and state-funded programs for people with disabilities.
Who to call if you have problems with the election
If you come across any questions or concerns while voting, you can call one of these hotline numbers.
Roll protection Hotline:
- English: 1-866-SPRING-VOICE / 1-866-687-8683
- Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
- Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287
- For Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683
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