If you are interested in volunteering with the ACLUm to be a poll observer on Election Day, please click here.
Voting is a guaranteed right of every United States citizen over the age of 18 and one of the most important civic duties in a democracy.
If you feel intimidated or threatened by ANYONE at your polling station, please call: 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683). This number is a permanent hotline run by the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights and Economic Justice. On election day it will be staffed by volunteer lawyers from LCCR and the ACLU of Massachusetts, from the time polls open until they close.
Massachusetts Voter Checklist
1. You must be registered to vote at your current address.
You can register to vote until October 17, 2012.
Check with your city or town clerk. For a list of clerks, click here.
2. Make sure you locate your polling place. Contact your town clerk, or go to http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.aspx.
3. Vote absentee if you are unable to vote in person on Election Day. Download an absentee ballot application.
Go to your town clerk's office to apply in person.
Know Your Rights at the Voting Booth
1. You DO NOT need to show photo ID to vote. You may be asked for proof that you are registered at your current address if you are voting at a new polling place, if you are an inactive voter or if your voting status is challenged.
Proof of residency documents include:
- government ID
- utility bill
- bank statement
- pay check
- government document with your name and current address
2. You can bring someone to help you in the voting booth.
3. If you feel intimidated by anyone at the polling station, REPORT IT right away to election staff or poll observers.
4. If you feel threatened or intimidated by election staff or poll observers, CALL 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).
Know Your Rights when Registering to Vote
1. Any United States citizen who lives in Massachusetts and who is 18 on or before election day may register to vote.
2. First time voters must prove they are a resident by using a government ID, utility bill, bank statement, pay check or government document with their name and current address.
3. You may download a mail-in voter registration form.
Your rights at your fingertips / Sus derechos a su alcance
> Download and print the Know Your Voting Rights card to keep the most updated information handy.
> Descargue la tarjeta Conozca Sus Derechos de Votar para mantenerse al tanto de sus derechos como votante.
> Download and print the Know Your Rights When Stopped by the Police card to stay informed about your rights during encounters with law enforcement.
> Descargue la tarjeta Conozca Sus Derechos Si Lo Para La Policía para mantenerse al tanto de sus derechos en los encuentros con la policía.
Learn more about the ACLU's positions on death with dignity (ballot question 2) and medical marijuana (ballot question 3).
Derechos del Votante
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