If you or anyone you know believe that their voting rights are being denied, you can call the following numbers for legal assistance:
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Election Protection Hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE
American Civil Liberties Union Voter Protection Hotline: 877-523-2792
What do you do if your vote-by-mail ballot gets returned at the last minute?
You may be able to fax or email your ballot. To find out what's allowed in your state, check with your election official.
And send a copy of your returned envelope to Democrats Abroad, who are working with the post office to find out why some ballots were returned.
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
It's harder than it looks...
Going into Tuesday’s election, citizens and election officials are still arguing over who will and will not be permitted to cast a ballot.The Brennan Center for Justice details the 32 lawsuits in 17 states challenging voting restrictions ahead of the midterm elections. A few of these have been decided in the past few days:
From Georgia: a U.S. District Judge ruled Friday that Georgia’s “exact match” requirement for voter identification will not apply for next Tuesday’s midterm election.
In Kansas, a judge threw out a request for another polling place after the single voting site for Dodge City was moved to a location a mile from the nearest public transportation. As in Georgia, the voting process is overseen by a Republican secretary of state who is running for governor and stands to benefit from low turnout of likely Democratic voters.
In North Dakota, a judge let stand the new rule requiring all voters to have ID with a physical street address. The Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Standing Rock Sioux, Spirit Lake Sioux and the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (MHA Nation), also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes all mobilized to provide free IDs to tribal members before Tuesday’s election. "This is only making us more aware of our rights, more energized, and more likely to vote."
Sam Wang in The Atlantic argues that as federal protections for voting rights weaken, voter initiatives on the state level can counteract those losses; expanded voter rights could be the ultimate effect of states’ efforts at disenfranchisement.
NowThis News: Keegan-Michael Key and Chris Rock on Voter Suppression (2 min)
What to do if someone tries to stop you from voting.
Pizza to the Polls
Waiting in line sucks. Waiting in line with pizza sucks a little less.
The Hill: A voter guide for the 100 million who are not planning to vote by Richard Greene
The system is not broken. Here is a list of some of the things to vote for, or against, in the 2018 midterm elections.
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