10 Things You Need to Know About Voting


1.  All electors, except those in the military and those residing overseas permanently, must now provide a valid proof of residence document when registering to vote.

2.  A  variety of documents can be used to prove a person’s residence, including, a valid driver license or state identification card, utility bill, residential lease, bank statement or paycheck, property tax bill or other documents issued by a unit of government.  You may also use electronic proof of residence.

3.  Registrars must record the type of document used for proof of residence. The Government Accountability Board’s voter list must record this information.

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4.  You must live in your residence for 28 days in order to vote at your neighborhood polling site.  If you have live in your residence for less than 28 days then you vote at your old polling site.

5.  There is no weekend voting.  Early voting is limited to 55 hours from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday two weeks prior to the election.

6.   All election observers are allowed to stand 3 to 8 feet from sign-in and registration table or to sit at tables.

7.  Clerks need to dispatch SVD’s to nursing homes if five or more request absentee ballots.  There must be a five day notice in advance, and media must be notified of the upcoming SVD visit.

8.  You can still obtain a free valid identification from the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) for voting purposes.

9.  You do not need to show identification in order to vote.

10.  You need to sign the poll book in order to vote, unless you can’t sign because of a disability.

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