The fight for the right to vote in the United States

The U.S. Census

What's the point of it and why's it so important? Turns out, it's been around for a really long time and it has a big role in how our government actually works.

Geometry and Gerrymandering: A Lost Lesson in Crimes Against Geography

Most of us are probably familiar with the term district. Which school we attend depends on the district in which we live, we vote for our district leaders, and so on.  Have you thought about how these districts are decided and divided? Or why many of our districts reflect shapes like these? --->

What does this mean for me as a voter? Does my vote count? Understand more here:

Short on time? Understand congressional redistricting in a minute and a half with the help of pepperoni and extra cheese.

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The Electoral College Explained

Register to vote.

States have different voter registration deadlines and requirements, so make sure you are registered well in advance of Election Day. Voter registration deadlines vary and some states allow individuals to register for the first time and cast ballots on Election Day.

What to do:

Step 1

Check your registration status at Can I Vote.

Step 2

If you are not registered to vote, go to vote.gov to find your options.

Step 3

Learn what materials you'll need to bring with you to the polling place on Election Day.

Step 4

Find your Polling place or vote center and its hours of operation. Every state offers options to vote in-person on Election Day.

What are my general rights on Election Day?

Know Your Rights

If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.

If the polls close while you’re still in line, stay in line – you have the right to vote.

For a toolkit on voting with a disability, visit the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.

Report your experience to local election officials.

Visit SABE’s GoVoter Project for accessible training on how to exercise your rights as a voter with a disability.

It is a felony to vote twice. If you vote by mail, you cannot vote in person (and vice versa).

If you run into any problems or have questions on Election Day or have trouble voting due to lack of English fluency, call one of these Election Protection Hotlines:

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
For Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-API-VOTE 1-888-274-8683

For detailed guidance on bilingual voting assistance, visit Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

If you are turned away or denied a provisional ballot, call the Election Protection Hotline at: 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español).

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What to do if you experience voter intimidation

In many states, you can give a sworn statement to the poll worker that you satisfy the qualifications to vote in your state, and then proceed to cast a ballot.

Report intimidation to your local election officials. Their offices will be open on Election Day.

Report intimidation to the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español).

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