Monday, November 5, 2012

Down to the Wire

The presidential race in Florida,
heading to a neck-and-neck finish;
the last days of a closely contested campaign
in the biggest swing state in the country.  
 
A virtual tie.
A down-to-the-wire race.
Who will be more effective
in getting their voters out? 
 
Independents sticking with Obama?
Independents moving towards Romney?
The comfort and stability of the known?
The unknown of Romney’s shifting positions?
 
Get out and vote.
 
Obama wins if elections are fair and open.  Don’t let Republican voter suppression and other dirty tricks steal your vote. Know your rights and vote. 
 
© 2012 Catherine Giordano
 
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Be Prepared on Election Day
  • Know your polling place. You can locate your local polling place online at 866OurVote.org.
  • Find out the hours of your polling place and which forms of identification your state requires by checking your state’s voting checklist.
Know Your Rights on Election Day
If you are an eligible voter, you have the following rights:
  • If your name is not on the official voter list but you believe you are eligible to vote in that precinct, even if an election official challenges your vote, you have the right to cast a provisional ballot.
  • If you are in line when the polls close, you are entitled to vote, no matter how long it takes to get to the booth.      
  • In many states, employers must allow you time to vote at some point during the day and you can't be fired for being late due to long polling lines. Check your personnel policies with your employer.
  • You have the right to vote without being intimidated by anyone.
  • If you are elderly or if you have a physical disability, you have the right to vote using an accessible voting method and you have the right to receive help with voting by an election officer or any other person of your choice.
  • Visit the Election Protection website for more information on your rights.