You’ve done your homework. You’ve watched the debates. You’ve considered the positions, and had long converstations with friends and now you’re ready to vote in the general election. But, how can you be sure your vote is counted?
I received this note from the NJ-ACLU based out of Newark by way of a tipster. Check out ways you can ensure that your vote is counted in the election by learning about your rights and using the ACLU as a resource.
We’ve seen more interest in this election than any we can remember in New Jersey. That means that in four days the polls will be swamped, and voting rights may be affected.
There are some important things you should know for Tuesday.
- The most important is the phone number for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and League of Women Voter of New Jersey’s Voter Protection Vote Line: 1-800-792-VOTE (8683). It will be staffed from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. – as long as the polls are open, we’ll be there.
- You’re entitled to a provisional ballot if you’re not listed on the voter rolls, haven’t registered at a new address in your county, forgot an ID if you didn’t show it when you registered, or didn’t receive an absentee ballot in time. If you’re ultimately eligible to vote, your vote will count.
- You’re entitled to an emergency ballot if the machines malfunction.
- All voters are free to vote without anyone trying to influence their decision – which means campaign t-shirts, hats, buttons, stickers or any other paraphernalia will not be allowed at your polling place. You will have to take it off or turn clothing inside out if you do wear it.
- If you experience any problems with voting, either listed here or ones that are entirely different (we’ve seen all kinds over the years), call our Vote Line: 1-800-792-VOTE (8683).
We hope you have a positive experience voting, but just in case you don’t, we’ll be here to help. Happy Election Day!
American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
P.O. Box 32159, Newark, NJ 07102
973 642 2084