Video:What to Bring When Votingwith Roger Weiss
In official U.S. elections, voting requires more than a ballot. Before heading to the polling stations, watch this About.com video to make sure you have all the necessary items to make the voting process easier.See Transcript
Transcript:What to Bring When Voting
Hi I’m Roger Weiss with About.com. Today we are going to discuss what to bring when voting in a US election.
When voting, it’s important to be prepared. While polling stations are designed to provide citizens will all the tools necessary to complete the voting process, voters should bring some items to make signing in and voting easier. I’m going to discuss what is required and some suggested items to bring as well.
Identification Requirements for Voting
While laws differ from state to state, it is best to bring some photo identification, such as a driver’s license. If no such document is available, some states accept other forms of identification, such as a voter ID card or even a current utility bill, paycheck, or bank statement. However, if using a non-photo ID, it is important check with individual state voting requirements prior to the day of voting to make certain that that the form of ID is valid.
Bring a Sample Ballot and Reading Glasses
A suggested item to bring is a completed sample ballot. While not required for voting, preparing and bringing a sample ballot to the polling station will save time while voting, prevent confusion while in the booth, and help poll workers find your name on the voter list faster.
Also, remember to bring glasses if needed. If further assistance is necessary to complete the voting process, polling stations are outfitted with a number of assisting procedures and voters are welcome to bring an aide if they prefer.
Do Not Bring Campaign Materials to the Voting Location
It is important not to bring any campaign materials, such as hats, buttons, or shirts, to the polling place, as campaigning is usually illegal in and around a polling station.
If you have any specific questions regarding disability assistance or possible issue while voting, please contact your local elections office.
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