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Voting! 
6th-Oct-2008 04:38 pm
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Today is the last day to register to vote in several states, and more deadlines are coming up fast. Time to make sure you're registered or hassle your friends.

some e-cards

Useful voting sites:
  • VotersUnite.org has information on registration, voting, and past voting machine problems. Non-partisan.

  • CanIVote.org is run by the non-partisan National Association of Secretaries of State and will mail you a national voter registration form.

  • VoteForChange is the Obama campaign's voting site, where you can register online or check if you're registered, and then get information about when/where/how to vote. ETA: The first two panels ask for your name and email address; the third asks you if you're registered (yes, no, or not sure), and you can check/(re-)register from there.


Since my city has a habit of sending "confirm your address" postcards, and I have a habit of not sending them back promptly, I just made sure I was registered at VoteForChange. I am, happily, properly registered. Are you?

(x-posted to my journal)
Comments 
6th-Oct-2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Where on Vote for Change can you confirm registration? I'm looking to find it so that I can show it to other California residents, since California doesn't let you confirm online.

[ETA: Nevermind, I got it - just enter your name etc.]

Edited at 2008-10-06 09:07 pm (UTC)
6th-Oct-2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Yep! You have to enter your name first, I should mention that. According to Voters Unite, Massachusetts wants you to call your local election office to confirm, too, and this is much easier.
6th-Oct-2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Question. What would happen if I voted under my old address? I just moved two months ago.
6th-Oct-2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
I don't know, but I suspect it would constitute voter fraud, unless your residency is ambiguous somehow. (Students can register either at home or where they go to school, despite some voter registrars attempts to prevent that.) You should be able to re-register at VoteForChange or (if you're in the same city) file a change of address form at the registrar's office.

The only exception, I would think, would be if you moved after your locale's voter registration deadline, in which case presumably you'd have to vote under your old address.
6th-Oct-2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
I'm going to play it safe and send off a new voter reg form - I'm in the same county and everything, so it should be painless. I know the deadline is today, but at what hour do you have to get it in by? I'm thinking of turning it into the post office right after work at five.
7th-Oct-2008 01:39 am (UTC)
I don't know that either. (Wow, I fail at voter information.) Assuming that it has to be postmarked today and not received today, that should be fine, but I'm not sure what the rule is there, either.
6th-Oct-2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
I think you would be fine if you haven't updated your address and show up at your old voting location, as long as you are only voting in one place it should count. They really don't pay that much attention, at least not anywhere I have lived. You should in theory (at least in CA) be able to vote anywhere with valid ID and they check up on it later.
6th-Oct-2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
I just happened to check this morning, and I am not properly registered! It's a good thing I looked, because the deadline for my state is... TODAY!
7th-Oct-2008 01:38 am (UTC)
Yikes! Yeah, I meant to post this yesterday, but I forgot. Four states' deadlines were yesterday, though how you can have a Sunday deadline, I don't know.
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