In an effort to access the polls without voter suppression ‘incidents’ from those who would otherwise attempt to deter black and brown voters-many are opting to vote early especially in the battleground states.
It is likely that the surge in African-American early voting turnout is a response to voter suppression tactics implemented in battleground states. These voter ID laws disproportionately impacted minority and young voters. African-Americans are 26 times more likely to vote early and in person in national elections.
According to the Bill of Rights you have the right to:
-vote by provisional ballot if for any reason you are not able to vote on the regular voting machines. This takes prior preparation, so don’t wait until the day of.
-vote WITHOUT showing identification unless you are a first time voter who did not show ID when you initially registered.
-assistance at the polls if you have a physical disability or an inability to read the English language.
-vote early at any of the Early Voting Centers in your county. This takes prior preparation and research.
-take time off from work to vote.
-vote on the regular voting machines if you are in line at your polling place by 8:00 p.m.
-have your polling place open promptly at 7:00 a.m.
-vote without being approached or solicited within 100 feet of your polling place.
Voter Empowerment Hotline: 1-888-678-8683