Monday, November 01, 2004

Any Questions?

I wasn't sure of the exact location of my polling booth, so this site showed me who to email: New York City Voter Assistance Commission

I just like to be sure. I want everyone else to be sure as well. Of your rights, of your polling locations, of the fact that you don't need ID in some states but might in others, of exactly how early or how late you can get there to punch that chad.

This website has a lot of great info for New Yorkers. There are other sites for other states, other cities. Try Googling "Voting assistance," "Where to Vote" and your state, "Polling Locations," etc.

Vote your heart. Vote in hope.

Update: This Non-Blogger (who really ought to be one!) says:

"You don't need an ID in any state. If I'm not mistaking, this practice was outlawed during the civil rights movement, as demanding ID was a way to keep people from the polls."

Important! I know in NYC you will be led away from the machine and given an affadavit ballot, which is counted differently, which gives me the creeps in and of itself, because I'm not the most trusting person... but you CAN VOTE.

5 comments:

Eric said...

You don't need an ID in any state. If I'm not mistaking, this practice was outlawed during the civil rights movement, as demanding ID was a way to keep people from the polls.
Eric

Aaron said...

I've filled out an affidavit ballot before - it was no problem and they are counted. How do I know this? The jury duty summons I got a few weeks later.

MzOuiser said...

Ha! Yes, another opportunity to perform a civic duty. Ouch!

Hot Toddy said...

So glad we have mail-in ballots in Oregon! Let's all keep our fingers crossed...

Eric said...

I found out today that I was slightly off in what I said in my comment yesterday. As of January 1, 2003, poll watchers are ALLOWED to ask for ID-this doesn't mean they have to, but they have the right to if they so choose. I voted this morning in Chicago, and was not asked to show anything, but I read a poster on the wall, and I saw that SOME people were "carded." This should be cause for alarm. First of all, isn't a subjective system of checking for IDs leave the door open for all sorts of prejeduce? Poor people tend to not have IDs as readly available as others. Well, since this change happened under Bush, I guess it's as good as reason as any to vote for Kerry.