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As we get closer to the election, officials are cautioning voters to be aware of attempts at voter intimidation and fraud.
There have been some reports of people receiving official looking letters, phone calls or other communications questioning their eligibility to vote. These communications seek to intimidate voters and prevent them from casting a ballot.
Any attempt at voter intimidation based on race, color, national origin or religion is illegal, and the U.S. Department of Justice is taking steps to make sure everyone who is eligible can cast a ballot on election day.
Federal personnel will be monitoring certain polling locations on election day to prevent attempts at intimidation. Department of Justice attorneys will also be available to take complaints about voter intimidation before, during and after the election.
You can file a complaint:
Report any violence or threats of violence first to the police by calling 911.
If you think you are being targeted through any form of voter intimidation, you can also contact your state’s election board to make an official report.
As the election approaches, it’s important to make sure you’re familiar with the voting procedures in your state.
Prepare for election day by confirming the location of your polling place and when it opens and closes. Check your state election website to find your polling location and hours.
Some states allow early voting. If your state offers this option, be sure to check the location. Your early voting polling location may be different than on election day.
If you need special assistance, contact your local elections office for information, advice, and educational materials about voting equipment and details on access to the polling place, including designated parking.
Some states require that you show identification in order to vote. Check your state election website for voter ID rules.
If there are questions about your eligibility to vote because your name does not appear on the voter registration record or you do not have the required ID, federal law allows you to cast a provisional ballot. Individual states may allow you to cast a provisional ballot for other reasons.
Provisional ballots are reviewed after the election and counted if your eligibility can be verified.
Make sure you’re familiar with your voting options when you head to the polls. Learn more about how to research the various candidates in federal, state and local elections.
Voter intimidation is illegal, and the U.S. Department of Justice is working to prevent. If you feel like you have been target by any form of voter intimidation, learn how to report it.