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2004 Elections

This newsletter was emailed to our Smart Voter News distribution list and to Ascribe Newswire on March 1, 2004:

Ten Last Minute Tips on Voting

  1. Haven't received or can't find your Sample Ballot? Go to http://smartvoter.org  "Find My Ballot" Enter your street address and zip code to create YOUR personal ballot and find YOUR polling place.
  2. You have the right to cast a ballot if you are a valid registered voter. 
  3. Have an absentee ballot but haven't mailed it yet? Absentee ballots must be received at your elections office on or before Tuesday, March 2 by 8:00 P.M.  You may hand deliver your absentee ballot to ANY polling place in the county in which you are registered.
  4. Showed up at the polling place but your name is not on the voting roll? You have the right to cast a provisional ballot. You have the right to find out whether your provisional ballot was counted and if not, why it was not eligible, so that you can correct your registration status before the next election.
  5. You have the right to cast a secret ballot free from intimidation.
  6. Make a mistake on your ballot, PRIOR to casting your ballot? You have the right to receive a new ballot.
  7. You have the right to receive assistance in casting your ballot, if you are unable to vote without assistance.
  8. Present and in line at the polling place before the polls close? You have the right to cast a ballot.
  9. You have the right to ask questions about election procedures and observe the elections process. However, if persistent questioning disrupts the duties of the precinct board or election officials, they may discontinue responding.
  10. You have the right to report any illegal or fraudulent activity to a local elections official or to the Secretary of State's Office.

Secretary of State - Voter Information - Voter Rights

Secretary of State - My Vote Counts! Provisional Voting

Secretary of State - Voter Protection Hotline - 1-800-345-VOTE (8683)
If you believe you have been denied any of these rights, or if you are
aware of any election fraud or misconduct, please call the Secretary of
State's confidential toll-free hotline.


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