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Early Voting, Absentee Voting, Provisional Ballots, and Election Fraud

Early Voting, Absentee Voting, Provisional Ballots, and Election Fraud

A voters casts their ballot in a voting booth in Dover

UniteWomen.org is devoted to providing information regarding everything you need to know to make your vote count on November 6th. In addition to the information on Early and Absentee Voting, Provisional Ballots and Election Fraud we are encouraging everyone to VOTE EARLY!

Make sure you have not been purged from voter rolls and are truly eligible to vote by going to your State Secretary of State office site.

 

http://www.nass.org/index.php?option=com_contact_display&Itemid=346

If you vote early then you can be available to do the following:
1. Drive Voters to the Polls – contact a local group in your community or state that is already providing this service and sign up!
2. Poll Monitoring – you can contact your local ACLU, NAACP, League of Women Voters, or other groups to be a poll monitor in order to make sure that every citizen has the right to vote!
3. Poll Worker – in some states Poll Workers are still needed. Contact your local Secretary of State Office or County Election Division to find out how you can go through training to be a poll worker!
4. Phone Banking – volunteer your time to make calls for those candidates that are pro-women in your area
5. Phone Banking for another state – some organizations have systems where you can phone bank for a battleground state if you live in a state that is already set to go red or blue.
6. Campaign Worker – contact your local pro-woman candidate and volunteer your time!

We hope that you take the opportunity to make sure that every vote is counted. In addition, please make sure to vote line by line on your ballot. In some states there are issues and candidates in a non-partisan portion of the ballot. If you do vote down a party line, check the rest of your ballot.

Also, check your ballot after it’s completely filled out to make sure it reflects your vote. There have been reports of voting machines changing your vote. If that occurs, immediately take your ballot to an election monitor or Deputy Election Judge on site to make sure they change it.

Early Voting Schedule State by State

Alabama N/A
Alaska Oct 22 – Nov 6
Arizona Oct 11 – Nov 2
Arkansas Oct 22 – Nov 5
California Oct 8 – Nov 6
Colorado Oct 22 – Nov 2
Connecticut N/A
Delaware N/A
District of Columbia Oct 22 – Nov 3
Florida Oct 27 – Nov 3
Georgia Oct 15 – Nov 2
Hawaii Oct 23 – Nov 3
Idaho Sept 21 – Nov 2
Illinois Oct 22 – Nov 3
Indiana Oct 9 – Nov 5
Iowa Sept 27 – Nov 5
Kansas Oct 17 – Nov 5
Kentucky N/A
Louisiana Oct 23 – Oct 30
Maine Date Available – Nov 6
Maryland Oct 27 – Nov 1
Massachusetts N/A
Michigan N/A
Minnesota N/A
Mississippi N/A
Missouri N/A
Montana Oct 9 – Nov 5
Nebraska Oct 1 – Nov 5
Nevada Oct 20 – Nov 2
New Hampshire N/A
New Jersey Date Available – Nov 5
New Mexico Oct 9 – Nov 3rd
New York N/A
North Carolina Oct 18 – Nov 3
North Dakota Oct 22 – Nov 5
Ohio Oct 2 – Nov 5
Oklahoma Nov 2- Nov 5
Oregon N/A
Pennsylvania N/A
Rhode Island N/A
South Carolina N/A
South Dakota Sept 21 – Nov 6
Tennessee Oct 17 – Nov 1
Texas Oct 22 – Nov 2
Utah Oct 23 – Nov 2
Vermont Sept 24 – Nov 5
Virginia N/A
Washington N/A
West Virginia Oct 24 – Nov 3
Wisconsin Oct 22 – Nov 2
Wyoming Sept 27 – Nov 5

Provisional Ballot Information:

A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions in regards to a given voter’s eligibility. A provisional ballot would be cast when:
• The voter refuses to show a photo ID (in regions that require one)
• The voter’s name does not appear on the electoral roll for the given precinct.
• The voter’s registration contains inaccurate or out-dated information such as the wrong address or a misspelled name.
• The voter’s ballot has already been recorded
Whether a provisional ballot is counted is contingent upon the verification of that voter’s eligibility. Many voters do not realize that the provisional ballot is not counted until 7–10 days after election so their vote does not affect the calling of the states to different candidates.
Source: www.ballotpedia.org

Require Provisional Ballots to Be Cast in Correct Precinct
These are states that allow provisional balloting, but require the ballot to be cast in the correct precinct in order to be counted:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Require Provisional Ballots to be Cast in Correct Jurisdiction
These states require a provisional ballot only to be casted in the correct jurisdiction, not a precinct in order to be counted as an official vote

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • California

States That Are Exempt from Provisional Ballot Laws
These seven states are exempt from provisional ballot laws set by the Help America Vote Act of 2002[4]:
Idaho-Same Day Voter Registration of the Election
Maine-Allows Voters to Cast Full Ballots if Challenged by an Elections Official or Campaign Operative
Minnesota-Same Day Voter Registration of the Election
New Hampshire-Same Day Voter Registration of the Election
North Dakota-No Voter Registration’
Wisconsin-Due to Same Day Voter Registration, but only provisional ballots are granted if voters do not meet the ID Requirement.
Wyoming-Due to Same Day Voter Registration, but only provisional ballots are granted if voters do not meet the ID Requirement.
(source www.ballotpedia.org)

For more information about Provisional Ballots “Click” on Your State listed at the link below and find the Secretary of State Link at the end of your State Page then “click” on it.
http://unitewomen.info/page.php?28

ABSENTEE VOTING
To find out about Absentee Voting “click” the link below then got to the section on Absentee & Early Voting for specific information in your state http://www.canivote.org/
*You can also find your polling location at http://www.canivote.org/ as well.

ELECTION FRAUD INFORMATION
On Nov. 6, 2012, the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices will work with specially trained Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel in each district to ensure that complaints from the public involving possible voter fraud are handled appropriately.
• Federal prosecutors at the Public Integrity Section, the DEOs in U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, FBI officials at headquarters in Washington, D.C., and FBI Special Agents serving as Election Crime Coordinators in the FBI’s 56 field offices will be on duty while polls are open, to receive complaints from the public.
• Election fraud or intimidation complaints should first be directed to the local U.S. Attorney’s Office or the local FBI office.

A list of U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and their telephone numbers can be found at http://www.justice.gov/usao/about/offices.html

A list of FBI offices and accompanying telephone numbers can be found at the “Contact Us” button at http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field/listing_by_state . Again, however, complaints related to violence or threats of violence at a polling place should, in the first instance, be reported to local police authorities by calling 911.
• Election fraud or intimidation complaints may also be directed to the Public Integrity Section (202-514-1412). Public Integrity Section prosecutors are available to consult and coordinate with the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and FBI regarding the handling of election-crime allegations.
Both protecting the right to vote and combating election fraud are essential to maintaining the confidence of all Americans in our democratic system of government. We encourage anyone who has information suggesting voting discrimination or ballot fraud to contact the appropriate authorities. (source: www.justice.gov)

Link to find your State U.S. Attorney Office Number to Report Election Fraud
http://www.justice.gov/usao/about/offices.html

Link to find local F.B.I. Field Office
FBI Field Office Websites http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field/listing_by_state

 

 

About Renee Davis Renee Davis is the National Alliance Director for UniteWomen.org. After spending the first part of her adult life in a career as nurse, she went back to school to start a second career following her passion of History and Women’s Studies and will be graduating from McNeese State University in Louisiana in May 2013. Renee comes from a line of strong women who have fought for women’s rights and equality over four generations and has passed that same fierce passion and determination onto her own daughter and her son.

 

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