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Published: Wed 22 Oct 2008 02:09 PM
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Attention Voters: Here's What You Have to Do to Make Sure You Get to Vote
Voters should verify their voter registrations are current and then vote early to avoid Election Day delays at polling places.
By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet
Posted October 21, 2008
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Attention Voters: Here's What You Have to Do to Make Sure You Get to Vote
Ignore the partisan attacks on new voters and voter registration groups. Call your county election office to ensure your registration information is correct. Vote early to avoid Election Day delays, or use an absentee ballot if you know how to fill one out.
For those voting on Election Day, know where your polling place is located, what ID to bring (especially new voters) and expect lines. Call an election protection hotline if there is trouble. But be confident that you will vote if you have followed your state's registration laws.
These are the messages from voting rights advocates as the partisan attacks on 2008's newest voters and voter drives continue with two weeks to go before Election Day.
"People should not be worried," said Tova Wang, vice president for research at Common Cause, "but they should educate themselves. For the overwhelming majority of people, there will be no problem ... But people should not let any tactic that is intended to discourage them from voting stop them."
"I would verify my registration," said Gerry Hebert, executive director of Washington's Campaign Legal Center and a former Voting Section chief at the Justice Department. "I would vote early… I would consider absentee voting. The only caution against that (means of voting) is if you make a mistake, you might not get to correct it."
With two weeks to go before the 2008 presidential election, two seemingly contradictory trends are at play across the national political landscape -- possibly confusing voters.
On one hand, Republicans -- from their presidential candidate, to state parties and their lawyers, to local McCain supporters in law enforcement posts -- have been trying to alarm and discourage voters by saying that hundreds of thousands of 2008's newest voters may not be legally registered.
On the other hand, record numbers of Americans have been voting in the handful of states where pre-Election Day, or early voting is allowed and has begun. So far, most have not faced partisan challenges or bureaucratic barriers hindering their right to vote. Moreover, early voting numbers suggest 2008 will be the highest turnout election in decades.
"This is an incredibly exciting election year," said Common Cause's Wang. "Voters should just educate themselves about the process."
What Should Voters Do?
Voters need to be sure they are properly registered. They can do this by calling their county election office and verifying their voter registration information is in their county database and is current.
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Attention Voters: Here's What You Have to Do to Make Sure You Get to Vote
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