Where do I vote? Polling locations and other election day questions answered
Polls are open, and if you're like most people, you're probably just tuning in to the election (yes, the ad wars are almost over) -- that includes figuring out where to vote, finding out who the candidates are and trying to sift some facts from fiction. Here are answers to some of the election day questions you may have.
Where do I vote?
The answer: It depends on where you live. Google has created an election voter map that pinpoints where you live and then gives you directions to your designated polling place. Another good resource is your state's secretary of state website. Most states provide detailed voter information and a precinct look-up application. We recommend the Google application as it gets later in the day as some state websites may be slow to load due to heavy traffic. Here are the 50 states' secretary of state web sites:
* District of Columbia
* New Hampshire
* New Jersey
* New Mexico
* New York (Note: Load time was slow.)
* North Carolina
* North Dakota
* Rhode Island
* South Carolina (Note: Load time was slow.)
* South Dakota
* Texas (Note: This is useful, but we recommend the Google application for specific precinct locations.)
* West Virginia
* Virgin Islands
* Mariana Islands
* American Samoa
How do I report voter fraud?
There will likely be numerous claims of parties and or groups having committed election fraud. If you are a U.S. citizen who is 18 or older, you have the right to go to your polling place and cast your ballot...once. That last part is important, because it's where voter fraud is most likely to occur. If you have a specific complaint, it's best to contact your state election office. The USA.gov web site is also a good resource for detailed information on what may constitute voter fraud. If you have problems voting, tell us by tweeting #votemonitor.
Where do I find reliable facts about the election?
Here are three sources for fact-checking that have been cited widely on the internet. All three are non-partisan web sites that feature information on a variety of claims made during the 2010 campaign -- this includes campaign ads and candidate, party and third party group claims:
Who am I voting for?
Well, that's entirely up to you. But if you want to know who's on the ballot, check your local secretary of state's website (the list is above) to see a sample ballot.
More election coverage from PostPolitics:
- Campaign 2010 Map: Track the House races
- Campaign 2010 Map: Track the Senate races
- Campaign 2010 Map: The governors races
- Election special report: The 50 States
- The Palin Tracker: Track Sarah Palin's endorsements
- Campaign 2010 spending chart
- Campaign 2010 fundraising chart
When do polls close?
Here's a list of poll closing times across the country. All times are listed as EDT:
6:00 P.M.: Polls close in most of Indiana and Kentucky.
7:00 P.M.: Polls close in Florida (except CD-1 and CD-2), Georgia, the rest of Indiana and Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia.
7:30 P.M.: Polls close in North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia.
8:00 P.M.: Polls close in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida's CD-1 and CD-2, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan (except CD-1), Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, part of South Dakota, Tennessee, and most of Texas.
8:30 P.M.: Polls close in Arkansas.
9:00 P.M.: Polls close in Colorado, most of Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan CD-1, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, the rest of Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
10:00 P.M.: Polls close in Arizona, parts of Idaho, Iowa, parts of Kansas, Montana, Nevada, most of North Dakota, and Utah.
11:00 P.M.: Polls close in California, the rest of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
12:00 A.M.: Polls close in Hawaii and Alaska.
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