Make sure your vote is counted

November 3, 2008 12:58:59 PM PST
There are a number of steps you can take to make sure you can vote, and that your vote is counted. MAKE SURE YOU ARE REGISTERED.

Check the website www.canivote.org. It will direct you to the registration rolls in your county to make sure you have not been purged and tell you which polling place to go to.

BRING PHOTO ID

A drivers license or state issued ID is best . Seven states want it, the others will accept alternate photo ids or forms of identification.

DON'T BE INTIMIDATED

Only an election official can stop your right to vote. Ignore so-called "poll watchers" from either party.

CHECK YOUR BALLOT

If you vote on paper (like an SAT test by filling in the circle), make sure you fill in only one per race. 2 marks cancel your vote.

ELECTRONIC VOTE

In some places, if you vote electronically, you can check the paper printout to make sure the machine carried out your wishes.

CAMPAIGN GEAR

Avoid wearing campaign gear, some polling places don't allow it.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Visit the website for "The Committee of Seventy," a watchdog group for elections in the Philadelphia region.


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