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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Getting ready for Election Day.

A few sites that will help you vote on Tuesday — plus a few that will help you help others to remember to vote, too!

  • My Polling Place helps you find the place to be on November 2. (Sponsored by People for the American Way.)

  • Project Vote Smart compares the candidates on your ballot in state, congressional, and presidential races. (I just learned that Dick Cheney will appear on my ballot as "Richard Bruce Cheney." Who knew!) The site is more helpful in comparing positions in statewide races, since neither President Bush nor Senator Kerry responded to the organization's request for answers to policy questions. Meanwhile, the League of Women Voters' DemocracyNet is very easy to navigate and helps you locate information about all the races for state and national offices on your ballot.

  • FactCheck.org analyzes claims from each presidential campaign and explains their divergences from the truth. (Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center.)

  • The Interfaith Alliance has put together a helpful list of things you can do to help get out the vote on Tuesday. Another project that a reader has brought to my attention is Voter Call, "a non-partisan campaign to mobilize over one million young, low income and minority voters," enables you to sign up to make get-out-the-vote phone calls from the comfort of your own home on Tuesday. (Sponsored by the National Council of Churches, Res Publica, Rock the Vote, and the November 2 Campaign.)

I'll add other sites as I find them.

Update 11.1.04: Additional tips from Electoral Vote Predictor:

  1. Find out today where your polling place is by calling your county clerk or checking www.mypollingplace.com
  2. Alternatively, call 1-866-MYVOTE1 to find your polling place.
  3. Check the hours the polls are open with your city or county clerk.
  4. Print the League of Women Voters' card in English or Spanish and put it in your wallet or purse.
  5. Bring a government-issued picture ID like a driver's license or passport when you vote. Some states require it but if there are problems, you will certainly need it. If you have a cell phone, take it to call for help if need be.
  6. As you enter the polls, note if there is an Election Protection person outside the polling place.
  7. If you are not on listed as a registered voter, try to register on the spot. Some states allow that. Otherwise, talk to the Election Protection person if there is one or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for instructions. If neither of these helps, ask for a provisional ballot, but you will need a picture ID to get one.

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 31 October 2004 at 8:02 AM

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