Know Your Voting Rights

Over the past decade voter suppression has taken on many new forms and remains a real obstacle today–disportionately impacting both voters of color and youth voters. When We All Vote is committed to the fight for fair and safe elections through supporting efforts to expand access to ballot box including, vote by mail, early in-person voting and online voter registration.

There is nothing partisan about giving American’s more opportunities to participate in the electoral process.  Voting should be easy and convenient as possible, not hard.  That’s why we share important information and resources with you to help ensure your voice is heard in each and every election.

  • What does voter suppression look like?

    Stringent voter ID laws, less opportunities to vote early or vote by mail, holding the vote hostage by requiring formerly incarcerated American’s to pay fees before restoring their rights, long lines, systematic disenfranchisement, purging voter rolls, broken voting machines, limited number of polling locations, failure to open on time and closing when there are still lines. Unfortunately the list goes on and on. While voting roadblocks exist – intentionally and unintentionally – getting registered, making a voting plan, voting and understanding your rights as a voter can help us overcome voter suppression, while we push for federal legislation to provide more access to the polls and protection for ALL voters rights.

  • What are your rights as a voter?
    • If you are in line when polls are supposed to close, stay in line – you have the right to vote.
    • If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
    • If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.
    • If your citizenship, criminal record, or other qualifications are questioned, immediately call the Election Protection Hotline where trained volunteers are available to help.
    • If you run into any problems or have questions before or on Election Day, call the Election Protection Hotline:

    English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683

    Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682

    Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287

    For Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-API-VOTE/1-888-274-8683

  • What should I bring to the polls?

    Whether it’s your first time voting or your 20th: know if your state requires ID or documentation when voting. Find out more or receive voter ID help through Vote Riders here.

  • How do I help stop voter suppression?
    • Know your rights
    • Report voter suppression when you see it by calling the Election Protection Hotline at 866-687-8683
    • Become a poll worker and volunteer to help protect the vote
  • What are my rights as a returning/currently incarcerated citizen?

    Have a felony conviction? Can I vote? Our friends at Campaign Legal Center set up a free tool, Restore Your Vote, so you can check to see if you are eligible to vote right now. If you run into trouble using this tool, or have a question about your convictions you can also call (888) 306-8683 (toll-free) or email [email protected].

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