What To Know About Getting To The Polls This Election Day – Your Black World

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By: Ryan Velez

Today, November 6th marks this year’s midterms, and there’s a reason why many people are saying that these could be some of the most important midterm elections in recent history. With this in mind, PressConnects has recently put out an all-purpose election guide so you know what you need to do in order to get your chance to vote, especially if you are a lapsed or first-time voter.

On election day, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., but if you are stuck with a unique work schedule, your vote will still be counted as long as you are already in line when the doors close at 9. Make sure you are present, though, and plan out your day on Tuesday to give you plenty of time to visit your polling place and get your vote counted.  Your polling location is going to vary based on the address on your voter registration. There are a few options you have here in order to figure out where your polling location is if you don’t already know. Enter your name and address on the state board of elections website, or you can call or visit your county board of elections and ask. Note that for those with poor transportation, Uber and Lyft are offering free and discounted rides to polling locations.

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If you’re voting for the first time, when you arrive at your polling location, you then give your name to an election official, who will then check it off of a list of registered voters allowed to vote at said location. After getting your ballot, head to the voting booth and fill out your ballot. Make sure that you fill out your ballot and candidates clearly if you are using paper ballots in your location. If you make a mistake, that’s okay, but you need to be able to hand in your first ballot to get a replacement. After you are finished filling out your ballot, insert it into the voting machine. If you have any difficulties, ask one of the locations poll workers for assistance.

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