Election Day: Answers to Your Three Most Frequently Asked Questions

Angelica Cesario
October 29, 2018

Election Day is quickly approaching. On Tuesday, November 6th, voters across the nation will flock to the bigstock--207149803polls to cast their ballot in tightly-contested local, state, and congressional races.   The passions are intense along the entire political spectrum. Regardless of your political affiliation, civic engagement and exercising the right to vote is as important today as it’s ever been. Not sure where to begin? We have the answers to your most frequently asked questions here.

  • Where can I vote?

Look up your polling place here, or click here to find contact information for your individual state’s election office.

  • What if I’m not on the voter rolls?

Ask for a provisional ballot. If you are turned away from the polls because your name is not on the voter rolls (or for any other reason), you have the right to ask for a provisional ballot. Some states might refer to them as “affidavit ballots” or “challenge ballots.” The Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires poll workers to offer voters a provisional ballot, if there is any question about a voter’s eligibility. This ensures that no voter will be turned away from the polls.

  • How can I volunteer on Election Day?

There are two easy ways to volunteer on Election Day!

Become a poll worker! This is a truly important task that allows our elections to function effectively.  

Sign up to be an Election Protection Volunteer. Election Protection is the largest non-partisan voter coalition program dedicated to ensuring eligible voters gain access to the polls.

More questions? Check out the Election Assistance Commission’s helpful voter resources. You’ll find a handy voter’s guide to federal elections, information on how to look up your congressional district, and more.


Author Bio

Written by Angelica Cesario

Angelica Cesario is Lawline's Lead Program Attorney. She graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 2008 and holds a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies and a Certificate in Latino and Latin American Studies. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2013 and is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. Before joining Lawline, Angelica worked as a plaintiff-side labor & employment litigation attorney. Outside of work, Angelica serves on the Board of Directors of the TEAK Fellowship, a non-profit academic and cultural enrichment program that provides educational access to top NYC students. Angelica is the proud mom of an energetic toddler. During her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new foods, and catching up on her favorite TV shows.


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