• Make sure you are registered to vote by the registration deadline.  If you are unsure of the deadline, your registration status, or the method by which you are registered to vote (e.g., mail-in ballot, absentee or at the polls), check with your County Clerk or Secretary of State to obtain the information.
  • If you can’t get to the polls, try voting by mail or early voting.  Ballots can be sent to you, then returned by mail or dropped off at polling stations (rules vary by state).
  • Know the location of your polling place.  It may have changed since the last election. 
  • Consider all the information you have used to inform your vote and take whatever information you might need to help you in the polling place.  Remember, some ballots can be very long.  Some people find it helpful to make their choices ahead of time to make voting at the polling place easier and quicker.
  • Consider voting mid-morning or mid-afternoon when the polling places are not as busy.
  • If you show up at the polling place to vote and your name is not on the ballot, you have the right to vote by provisional ballot.  The provisional ballot is evaluated later by the election offices to determine your eligibility to vote and whether or not your vote can be counted.
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, mail-in or at the polling place, you are entitled to a new ballot.  Ask your county clerk for a mail-in ballot, or inquire with an election worker at the polls if you vote in person. 
  • At the polls, do not be afraid to ask questions.  Poll workers are available to answer questions about the voting equipment and how to vote.  They are able to assist anyone who asks for help.
  • Bring a picture ID with you to the polls to verify identity and proof of residence.  If voting by mail, make sure you have completed any requirements regarding voter identification (i.e., signature verification).