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Voting Problem Types

POSTED: 05:04 PM ET, 10/30/2008 by Amanda Zamora

Access Issue: Were you prevented from accessing your polling place because of long lines? Lack of wheelchair access?

Electioneering/Intimidation: Were you deterred from voting? The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits anyone from discriminating against, threatening, intimidating or coercing another person trying to vote. Likewise, candidates and individuals are barred from actively campaigning within 100 feet of most polling places.

Location Issue: Did you show up at the wrong polling place? Did you have to file a provisional ballot as a result? Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia require provisional ballots be cast in the correct precinct in order to be eligible for counting. See provisional balloting by state (electionline.org).

ID Issue: Were you unable to cast a regular ballot for not having proper ID? Federal law requires first-time voters who register by mail without verifying their identity to present identification at the polls. Twenty-four other states require ID of all voters. The National Conference of State Legislatures has details on ID requirements by state.

Registration Issue: Did you arrive at your precinct to find your name not on the rolls? If you tried to register, was your eligibility challenged?

Voting Issue: Did you experience any problems actually voting? Did your electronic voting machine function properly?

By Amanda Zamora |  October 30, 2008; 5:04 PM ET Vote Monitor
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