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Voter Rights - U.S. Election Assistance Commission

What are my rights as a voter?

You have the right to:

  • Vote privately and independently.
  • Have an accessible polling place with voting machines for voters with disabilities.

Additionally, you may: 

  • Seek assistance from either workers at your polling place, or you may bring someone of your choice to help you cast a ballot (except for your employer or an agent of your union).
  • Request that your local election officials to tell you about any accessible equipment, aids, or procedures that are available to help you vote.

 

How do election officals stop someone from voting twice?

Election administrators take many steps to ensure that voters only cast one ballot in an election. Voters have to be eligible to receive a ballot. Election officials keep detailed records of who has already voted, and who has already requested and received a ballot in the mail. These steps make it difficult for someone to cheat, so voting twice is both easy to catch and extremely rare. Additionally, most state laws make this type of illegal activity a felony that is punishable by time in jail, large fines, or both.

 

How can I tell if election information is a rumor or reality?

Elections are administered by state and local officials who are trusted sources of accurate information. Opinions about the election process may be incorrect or misleading, and this misinformation can spread rapidly online. It is always best to check with your local elections official whether something is true or not, before sharing it with others to ensure that you are not unintendedly spreading false and misleading election information. The last line of defense in election security is you - the American voter. Be a smart consumer and sharer of information.