Your Election Guide

Everything you need to know about voting in

New York
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • DC
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
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  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
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  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
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  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
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  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
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Your Vote Is Your Voice

It's your right.
And it's the law.

If you’re a U.S. citizen over age 18, you have every right to vote. There are state and federal laws that protect that right. While some states guarantee additional rights, the following apply to everyone.
Your have the right to:
  • Cast a ballot if you registered to vote before the deadline
  • Cast a ballot if you are in line before the polls close
  • Cast a provisional ballot if your name is not listed on the voter rolls
  • Cast your ballot secretly, free from intimidation
  • Get a new ballot if you believe you made a mistake
  • Get help to cast your ballot, if you are unable to vote without it
  • Get election materials in another language (if enough people in your area also need materials in that language)
  • Get help in your language from a bilingual poll worker (if enough people in your area also need help in that language)
  • Ask questions about election procedures and observe the election process
  • Report any illegal activity to a local election official or state election official

If you have any questions or concerns, or you’d like to report strange, suspicious activity at the polls, call NALEO at 888-839-8682. Their trained, bilingual staff will get you answers and make sure no one is violating your rights.

The package Deal

Every four years is the nationwide election for the President of the United States and Vice President (who come as a package deal - a "ticket").

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  • HOW ELECTIONS WORK

    We get it. Elections can be confusing. Check out these quick answers to questions you might have, so you can be ready on Election Day.

  • How Elections Work

    Choosing the President

    The nationwide election for president and vice president of the United States – who run together as a “ticket” – takes place every four years.

  • How Elections Work

    The Electoral College

    The president and vice president are elected through the Electoral College, which is a system assigning each state a certain number of votes based on its population. Citizens vote to determine how our representatives in the Electoral College vote.
    The candidate to reach the magic number of 270 Electoral College votes wins!

  • How Elections Work

    Choosing State Officials

    Other important elections happen on a state level. Some are on the same Election Day that you vote for the president, and some happen at staggered times.
    Members of Congress get elected to the House of Representatives every two years. Senators are elected to the Senate every six years.
    Governors, mayors, and local officials get elected at different times based on state and local election calendars. All of these are chosen by popular vote, meaning whoever gets the most votes, wins.

  • How Elections Work

    Primaries & Caucuses

    The presidential election happens in two parts: 1) state primaries or caucuses and 2) the general election.
    Primaries and caucuses are the first round of elections – when party members in each state choose the candidate they want to move on to the general election. And the general election is when the entire country votes someone into the White House.

  • How Elections Work

    Political Parties

    Technically, there’s an unlimited number of political parties in the U.S. government. But candidates usually align with the Republican Party, the Democratic Party or they run as an independent (that is unaffiliated with either of those parties).

  • How Elections Work

    Federal, State & Local Governments

    There are three levels of government officials: federal (including the president and members of Congress), state (including governors and state legislators) and local officials (like mayors and school board members). They all have incredibly important jobs.
    The federal government is responsible for things like national defense and international relations. State and local governments are responsible for things like our roads and education systems. That’s why it’s crucial to know every candidate on your ballot, and make sure to vote for the people who will truly represent you and fight for what matters to you most.

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