October 27, 2004
Tips to Voters Young and Old
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
On November 2nd a record number of people will go to the polls to make their selection as to who will lead our nation. We all have a stake in the outcome, and if the past four years are any indication of how the next four years will unfold, the right wing will screw us unmercifully. So put on some comfortable shoes and GO VOTE.
There are reports of the right wing moving polling places at the last minute. To assure you are going to the right place to vote or if you do not know where to go to vote, please call your local election office or the Election Protection hotline at (866) OUR-VOTE (1 866 687 8683) don’t leave anything to chance.
The number one thing to remember is to take your voter registration card with you. If you have not received your voter registration card, take another form of ID and a utility bill. If you have voted before at this location you shouldn't need it, but be prepared. DEMAND a provisional ballot if necessary. You have the right to vote unless proved otherwise.
Try to get to the voting location early in the morning and do not be deterred by long lines. You have a right to vote and there are different laws in different states that guarantee this right. Your employer must allow you the opportunity to vote. For more info on your state call The Election Protection hotline at (866) OUR-VOTE (1 866 687 8683). Remember or write down this number and take it with you to vote. The right wing is planning all kinds of hanky-panky. If you are turned away for any reason, write down the names of the people who have disenfranchised you.
If it makes you comfortable, go to the polls with someone you know. They will make a good witness if the right wing tries anything. Don't let anyone tell you that you cannot take someone into the booth with you.
Voters will encounter a wide variety of voting machines depending on their area. There will be Democratic poll watchers available in most areas to assist you, but here are a few pointers if you feel “all alone”:
There are some special precautions with punch cards;
With optical scanners, most errors are caught when they are accepted into the scanner, with the exception of the “no vote”. Take the time to double check to make sure your selections will be counted. If the scanner does not accept your ballot or you make a mistake, DEMAND another ballot. Experts consider optical scanners the most accurate. Most of the hanky-panky that can occur with optical scanners will happen at the central counting location and are out of your control.
stress, put on your shoes and go vote on November 2nd. I have voted
in every election starting with the 1976 mid term elections
and I have never had anything less than a very satisfying
experience. My hope is that you will too.
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