Every eligible American has the right to cast a ballot in an election, whether it’s a primary or a general. One of the most basic rights that ensures the functioning of our democracy is the right to vote. Let’s review what rights voters in America have.
Every citizen of the United States has specific voting rights, albeit these rights are subject to state law. It is possible to register to vote on the day of the election in some states, but in others, you must do it in advance. Go to vote.gov to see how to register to vote in your state.
Official identity is necessary in some states but not others. Reach out to the National Conference of State Legislatures to inquire about the specific requirements of your state. To avoid any surprises on voting day, double-check everything before you go.
Some individuals might not be able to cast a ballot before a polling location formally closes owing to lengthy lineups or irregular timetables. You are legally obligated to be allowed to vote that day if you are in line when the polling location shuts, so please do not leave. If a voting machine is not working properly or if you prefer to utilize a paper ballot, you have the option to request a paper ballot.
If you run into any issues you are unsure of how to address on voting day, you can reach the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).
Voting should be accessible to all citizens, including those with disabilities. Voting locations for federal elections must be completely accessible to all citizens, including those with disabilities, according to federal law. Your right to receive assistance from anybody you want does not include your employer or a union official if you are legally unable to read or write English. Bring an aide if you need one, but be prepared to swear under oath that you’re disabled and that you’ve asked them to help you out. All voters, regardless of mental or physical impairment, should be able to cast a ballot with reasonable accommodations.