Tuesday, November 6, 2012

If you only read one email today ...

Dear MoveOn member,

It's Election Day! Finally!

Today's the day to re-elect President Obama and determine the course of our country for the next four years.

Lots of people have questions about today—where to vote, who to vote for in down-ballot races, what to bring, what time the polls are open. So we've compiled everything you need to know in one place, customized just for you.

If you have friends and family who have questions, send them to www.moveon.org/vote for all the information they need. Or click here to share the link on Facebook so all your friends can find it.

Progressive Ballot Guide

Local progressives have collaborated on a Progressive Ballot Guide for Inwood with recommendations on how to vote. It's simple and easy to use, and it contains the recommendations of local progressives for races across the state. Click here to check it out and to share it with friends and family.

When and Where to Vote

Polls in New York are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Click here to find your polling place. And remember, as long as you're in line before the polls close, you have the right to cast your ballot.

Changes Because of Hurricane Sandy

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order allowing voters displaced by the storm to vote at any polling place in the state by "affidavit ballot." All voters will be able to vote for President and U.S. Senate, but if you vote at a polling place outside your state Senate, Assembly, or House of Representatives district, you will not be able to cast a ballot for those offices.

Making Your Vote Count

Progressive voters in New York have a special way to make their vote count extra. In New York, the Working Families Party is a unique party, founded by progressives, community organizations, and labor unions to fight for working families. The WFP has won some major victories in recent years, and you can help increase progressive power today by voting for Barack Obama and your other chosen candidates on the Working Families Party line—line D. Your vote on the WFP line counts the same to elect your candidates—but it packs an extra progressive punch by telling politicians we won't be ignored.

What to Bring

If this is your first time voting in a federal election in New York, you may be required to show identification and/or proof of residence to cast your ballot. For a full list of acceptable forms of ID in New York, click here, and when you get to the page, click "What to Bring."

If Something Goes Wrong

Chances are, you won't have any problems voting, but just in case you do, it's important to be prepared. If your state has voter rolls and you're not listed, the first thing to do is to make sure you're at the right polling place. After you confirm that you are, you should demand a provisional ballot. Remember, your vote is your voice, and if you are an eligible, registered voter, you have the right to vote, whether or not a poll worker finds your name on the list or a political operative challenges your eligibility at the polls.

If you need legal help, you can call 1-866-OUR-VOTE toll-free. Report long lines or voting problems at OurVoteLive.org or via Twitter with hashtag #OVLReport. If possible, use your phone to video the situation or interview the person affected and submit the video to VideoTheVote.org, or post it to YouTube or Twitter tagged with #VideoTheVote.

If you're voting on an electronic machine with a paper record, verify that the record is accurate.

Thanks for all you do.

–Justin, Daniel, Julia, Adam, and the rest of the team

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