Protecting your Voter Registration: Practical Steps You Can Take


Eligible registered voters can be thrown off the rolls for all sorts of reasons, without even being informed.

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  1. CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION at your Secretary of State's website repeatedly. Just before you vote, screenshot it and print it out.

  2. CHECK WHEN EARLY VOTING IS ALLOWED on your Secretary of State's website.

  3. MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE with a friend. You may need a witness.

  4. DOWNLOAD YOUR DISTRICT-SPECIFIC SAMPLE BALLOT off your Secretary of State's website.

  5. CHECK ITS INFORMATION, making sure that your state and congressional districts, and contests, and your party, are correct. If they aren't:

    • Call your Secretary of State's office, and ask them to correct your ballot.

    • If they promise to do so, ask them WHEN they'll be able to do this.

    • And ask for their contact info, and tell them you will follow up on that date. AND FOLLOW UP!

    • If they correct a wrong ballot, even if not in a timely manner, tweet out your thanks, tagging them, your Secretary of State, and encouraging others to check their sample ballots, too.

  6. CHECK YOUR BALLOT DESIGN to make sure you, and other voters, can easily understand how to vote, who is running, its referendum questions, and any accompanying instructions. If there's a problem:

    • Go to the Center for Civic Design's website, and find a brochure that might help solve the problem.

    • Call the office of your state's Director of Elections, in your State Secretary of State's office. Be persistent about trying to speak to them, or the highest-up person you can gain access to.

    • Whomever you talk to: explain your confusion, and why it arose. Ask if you can send an email, documenting the problem. When you do, add a link to the Center for Civic Design's website, above.

    • Be friendly! But also, hold them accountable by asking for their name, contact information, and the date by which they think they can cure the problem. Tell them you'll follow up, and if you can, make an appointment to talk again.

    • Call your local chapter of the League of Women Voters.

    • If you don't get satisfaction:

      • Call the office of your Secretary of State, and ask them to correct it.

      • Call the Election Protection hotline, 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

      • Call your local chapter of the League of Women Voters

      • Post oyour photograph of your confusing or inaccurate ballot. Tag your Secretary of State, and ask them to correct it.

  7. ONCE YOUR BALLOT'S DESIGN AND CONTENT ARE OK, FILL IT OUT.