What’s the first thing I should do before I vote?
1. Check your voter registration status to make sure your name is still on the list at the right address. Even if you’ve registered and voted before, check to be sure you are still on the voter roll. This is especially true if you haven’t voted recently (see more on that below). Go here to check: votesaveamerica.com/verify
2. Verify where you’re voting. Even if you’ve voted at the same place forever, polling locations can change. Go here to find your polling location votesaveamerica.com/makeaplan
3. Find out whether your state requires you to show an ID before you vote. You can see if your state has voter ID rules, and what kind of ID you need to use here: votesaveamerica.com/states. Then, make sure you have it on you before you go vote.
I’m definitely registered to vote but your site says I’m not. What’s the deal?
Vote.org looks at a national database and it’s possible the information hasn’t flowed up from the state, and/or your address or name might not exactly match their records. Your state will have the most up-to-date records, so be sure to check with your state’s election officials. You can find your state election officials through Vote.org’s election center here.
Just pick your state and go to the first link under “offsite links.”
I forgot to register to vote! Can I register now?
#Actually, some states allow same-day registration, meaning you can register when you show up to vote. If you live in a state that offers this option, you’re in luck! But sometimes you have to register in a different location than your actual polling location where you go to vote, so double check at votesaveamerica.com/states.
For a quick reference, here are the states that offer same-day registration on Election Day: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming
I’m registered, but haven’t voted in the last few elections. Should I be worried?
You should double-check to make sure you’re still a registered voter.
The definition of “inactive voter” varies by state, but in many places, voters are marked as “inactive” or “on suspense” for reasons like, you haven’t voted for a few years or you didn’t return a mailer asking to confirm your address so officials have reason to think you moved without updating your registration. If you’re inactive, a state can purge your name from the voter roll, so make sure to check before you go. It only takes a few minutes to verify your registration status online, just go to votesaveamerica.com/verify.
If you’re registered but aren’t showing up, call 866-OUR-VOTE or text OUR VOTE to 97779. Their trained volunteers are there to help.
What do I do if I get to my polling place and they say I’m not listed as a voter?
At your polling location, you may find you’ve been marked inactive or placed on a separate list of inactive voters. If you’re told you’re not on the rolls and you believe you should be, ask if there’s a separate list of inactive voters.
If you’re marked inactive, usually you will still be able to vote, but may need to confirm your address and provide supporting identification. This is why we suggest you check that you’re confirmed as a registered voter before you go.
But if you’ve found that you’ve been placed in an inactive status and have questions, call 866-OUR-VOTE or text OUR VOTE to 97779.
What do I do if I’m not on any list as a voter? Can I still vote?
You can file what is called a “provisional ballot.” This is should be the last option you go to, a last resort for voting. But here’s how it works:
Under federal law, your state is required to provide a provisional ballot if a voter’s eligibility is in question. For example, election officials might try to prevent you from voting if:
- Your name isn’t on the voter rolls
- Your registration is incomplete or has been flagged for verification
- You moved and haven’t updated your registration
- Your state requires ID and you don’t have the proper identification
- You requested to vote absentee but want to vote in person
Here’s why it’s your last-resort option: States are allowed to determine whether your provisional ballot will actually count -- and states have very different provisional ballot practices. So if you cast a provisional ballot, make sure you receive written instructions about what you need to do to make sure it’s counted.
If you have any questions about casting a provisional ballot, call 866-OUR-VOTE or text OUR VOTE to 97779.
I’m at my polling place and my vote is being challenged. Help!
All states allow election officials to challenge a voter’s ability to cast a ballot on if they doubt the voter’s eligibility. Most people vote without a problem, but you can be prepared just in case.
If you run into a problem of any kind, call 866-OUR-VOTE or text OUR VOTE to 97779 so you can get the help you need.
Does your voter guide reflect my actual ballot?
Nope! The voter guide provided by Vote Save America is exactly that: A guide to help you see exactly who and what is on your ballot and learn a little bit more about everything before you actually fill out your real ballot when you vote. Consider it a dress rehearsal before your big day with democracy on November 6.
There may be more local measures and candidates on your ballot than what's shown on the Vote Save America guide. We included state and federal races as well as all state ballot measures.
Will my ballot change?
It sure could! Courts are making decisions on whether ballot measures should stay on or be pulled off, and sometimes candidates can drop out.
But do not despair: We are ON IT. We're continually adding more information on candidates and measures. Long story short: It's never too soon to get up to speed on the people and measures on the ballot in your state, but definitely check back closer to the election to make sure you have all the right information about your ballot ahead of election day.
The information you listed for my state seems off – where did you source it from?
We sourced our information from official state election websites, but if something seems off to you, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll check it out!
I’m not seeing my candidate’s event on your page. How can I get my event on Do Something?
We use a platform called MobilizeAmerica to post the events featured on votesaveamerica.com. Your campaign must have an account with them in order for your events to show up. If you’d like to be connected with them, email us at email@example.com.
There’s a competitive race in my state but it’s not on your site! What is your criteria for “Candidates to Watch”?
We use the Cook Political Report to determine which competitive House, Senate, and Governor races to feature on each state page. Those deemed competitive are rated as Toss Up, Leans Democratic, or Leans Republican — and those are the ones we feature.