National Voter Registration Day Is September 23rd, 2014. Are YOU Registered?


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National Voter Registration Day Is September 23rd, 2014…..Tomorrow.

 

“I vote because it is a simple and powerful act. Every individual, regardless of wealth or heritage, has the same opportunity to vote and create honest change.”

 

“I vote because I believe in the right of each individual to have his or her input into being governed. Vote on with conviction!”

 

“I vote because it allows my voice to be heard. Voting is the easiest way for me to directly influence the decisions that affect my country.”

 

“I vote because I want to have a say in government! Without a vote, how would anyone know what I want? My vote is my voice.”

 

“I vote because I believe in America. My family and I see our vote as the best way to make our voice heard in our amazing democracy.”

 

“I vote because it is a right that has been historically denied to women and communities of color. It gives us power to voice our stance on policies that impact our communities.”

 

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National Voter Registration Day

 

National Voter Registration Day is a celebration of our democracy and the largest one-day effort to register voters. It falls on every 3rd Tuesday of September.

 

Voter registration is the requirement in some democracies for citizens and residents to check in with some central registry specifically for the purpose of being allowed to vote in elections. An effort to get people to register is known as a voter registration drive.

 

In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2014, we want to make sure no one is left out.

 

On September 23, 2014, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters who we could not reach otherwise.

 

What It Means

  • Volunteers at transportation hubs, retail stores, sporting events, and concerts.
  • Technology to help eligible voters find registration drives nearby and register to vote online.
  • A network of grassroots, local organizations engaged in their own communities.
  • Tens of thousands of voters registering to vote online and offline in a single day.

 

What It Will Accomplish

  • Register Voters: A network of a thousand organizations operating on the ground and through social media will register tens of thousands of voters in the field and tens of thousands more online while also receiving pledges to vote from those already registered.
  • Mobilize Volunteers: By partnering with nonprofits not usually engaged in voter registration drives, and amplifying existing drives through event-based recruitment and cultural outreach, National Voter Registration Day will bring together thousands of volunteers across the nation to register voters.
  • Educate Eligible Voters: Millions of voters need to register and re-register every year. By utilizing new technology and leveraging partners, we’ll educate more Americans than ever before, bringing new voters into the fold.
  • Change the Conversation: National Voter Registration Day will be an opportunity to put our differences aside and celebrate the rights that unite us as Americans; democracy.

 

National Voter Registration Day has been made possible in part by a working group of organizations providing coordination and support. These organizations include, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Education Fund, Bus Federation Civic Fund, Fair Elections Legal Network, League of Women Voters, Nonprofit VOTE, Rock the Vote, and Voto Latino.

 

 

Contact Us / Llamenos

Have questions about National Voter Registration Day?
  • If you’re a partner or future partner with questions, CLICK HERE
  • If you’re a member of the press with media inquiries, CLICK HERE
  • Call the Election Protection Hotline with any questions about voting in your state or to report voting problems at: 1-866-OUR-VOTE
  • Para preguntas en español sobre su voto y para reportar problemas llame a: 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (1-888-839-8682)

 

REGISTER TO VOTE

The online voter registration form is safe, secure, and easy to use. Sensitive information is held on a secure server and then discarded.

 

Sign up now as a partner to receive free organizing materials for your event on September 23rd. Sign up at www.NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org

 

 

EVENTS

Hundreds of events are being planned across the nation for National Voter Registration Day 2014. This page features a directory of all planned events so that future voters and those interested in volunteering can find local events near them. This page is also for partners to add their events to our National Voter Registration Day directory.

 

 

PARTNER TOOLKIT

Welcome to our partner toolkit, a collection of resources at your disposal to help organize events and activities leading up to National Voter Registration Day 2014.

 

Partners that are planning an event should add it to our event directory so that others in your community can be aware. Have questions about National Voter Registration Day? Learn more here about this national holiday celebrating democracy in America!

 

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REGISTER TO VOTE

Although black voter turnout was strong in 2012–outpacing every other demographic group for the first time in history–turnout tends to be dramatically lower in non-presidential years, and could be made worse by the growing number of state restrictions at the polls. Advancement Project believes that registering voters for the 2014 elections would be necessary to “send a message that we will not move backward and be silenced.”

 

Thirty states currently have laws in place requiring voters to show identification at the polls, (11 require photo ID,) according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and more look to be on the way.

 

Since the Supreme Court in June 2013, struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which required certain states to get approval from the federal government on any changes made to voting laws, strict photo ID requirements in Mississippi and Texas no longer face roadblocks, and will likely be implemented in the near future. Alabama, Arkansas, and Virginia will become photo ID states in 2014. And North Carolina’s newly-signed photo ID requirement will go into effect in 2016.

 

Ohio may be next to join that growing list of photo ID states. Last year, Republican State Rep. John Becker introduced House Bill 269, a measure requiring Ohioans to show photo ID for in-person voting.

Becker said the purpose of the bill was to “discourage fraud” and “provide the most basic, common, and reasonable security for voting.” But Democratic State Sen. Nina Turner, who is running to be Ohio secretary of state, said the measure was nothing short of an “assault on the very fabric of our democracy.”

“This is un-American, what they are trying to do,” said Turner to MSNBC Tuesday. “As far as I am concerned, it is an all-out attack on people of color, on elderly people, and people who may be economically challenged.”

Becker said his bill takes into account people who are at or below the poverty level, and will allow for “free photo IDs for people who can’t afford to purchase one.” But Turner insists the bill will unduly burden the 938,642 Ohio adults that, according to Policy Matters Ohio, lack photo ID.

“Voter fraud is almost non-existent,” said Turner. “People don’t just show up on election day, trying to impersonate other people. It is a solution in search of a problem.”

 

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About VoteRiders

 

Mission

VoteRiders is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. Through resources and media exposure, VoteRiders supports on-the-ground organizations that assist citizens to get their voter ID and inspires local volunteers and communities to sustain such programs and galvanize others to emulate these efforts.

 

 

How We Started

Upon hearing the news of multiple states passing voter ID laws and learning that millions of potential voters may be disenfranchised come November 2012 and beyond, Kathleen Unger decided to take action.  With a wealth of professional and volunteer experience in the non-profit sector under her belt, Ms. Unger decided to start her own non-profit dedicated to ensuring all citizens would be able to exercise their fundamental right to vote.  It was important to Ms. Unger that VoteRiders not duplicate what others are doing in this regard.  Thus, VoteRiders was founded in April 2012.

 

 

Organization Status

VoteRiders was incorporated as a non-profit organization in California on April 6, 2012. Contributions to VoteRiders, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of theInternal Revenue Code, are deductible for computing income and estate taxes.

 

 

VoteRiders Overview

 

Published on Jun 13, 2013

VoteRiders is a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. Through resources and media exposure, VoteRiders supports on-the-ground organizations that assist citizens to get their voter IDs and inspires local volunteers and communities to sustain such programs and galvanize others to emulate these efforts. Find us at http://www.voteriders.com,

 

 

About the Issue

Protecting the right to vote is not a partisan issue. It’s an American issue.  No citizen should be prevented from exercising this basic right.

 

Complicated voter ID laws put state bureaucrats between eligible voters and the ballot box.

 

You must act now to protect your vote and the votes of others.

 

You can help save our American democracy.

 

 

Are you Ready to Vote?

As of August 2013, some form of voter ID law is in effect in 33 states:

 

Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas Colorado Connecticut
Delaware Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Indiana
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana
Michigan Mississippi Missouri
Montana New Hampshire North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Virginia Washington

What’s the Big Deal?

Some people may think it’s easy to get a photo ID.  Doesn’t everybody need one to drive a car, get on a plane, and buy cigarettes and alcohol?  Well, not everyone drives including people with disabilities, older adults – the Greatest Generation! – and low-income individuals.  Not everybody smokes or drinks alcohol.  And many citizens have their reasons why they do not travel on airplanes.

 

Ok, then … just get the ID that you need! Not so fast – obtaining a current, valid, government-issued photo ID in order to vote means at least one trip to the local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles or wherever in each state you get a voter ID). Depending upon where you live, your local DMV can be up to 100 miles away; and the days and hours it’s open can be few.

 

The much bigger difficulty can be trying to get the documents you need to prove who you are and where you live.  To get a voter ID, a state may require a certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised seal (and, legal documentation of any change of name since then) – all of which costs money and can take a lot of time, plus a social security card plus two acceptable documents showing your name and address.

 

Who Do Voter ID Laws Affect?

report released by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School analyzed laws that had passed in 14 states by October of 2011.  The study found that these laws have the potential to disenfranchise more than five million eligible voters in 2012. Since then, 17 new states have some form of voter ID law in effect. Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, which was passed in 2012 and therefore excluded from the Brennan Center study, could ultimately affect an additional 758,939 to 1.5 million eligible Pennsylvania voters, based on reliable surveys and sources.

 

Some laws specify strict current, government-issued photo ID requirements.  Those who do not have a current, valid photo ID – primarily those without a driver’s license – are older Americans, people of color, young adults, people with disabilities and individuals with low incomes.

 

To further understand the issue, a Brennan Center survey conducted in 2006 regarding US citizens and proof of citizenship yielded the following findings:

 

  • As many as 11 percent of voting-age United States citizens – more than 21 million individuals – do not have current unexpired government-issued photo identification.
  • 18 percent of American citizens age 65 and above do not have a current government-issued photo ID.  Using 2005 census estimates, this amounts to more than six million senior citizens.
  • 25 percent of African-American voting-age citizens have no current government-issued photo ID, compared to eight percent of white voting-age citizens.  Using 2000 census figures, there are more than 5.5 million adult African-American citizens without photo identification.
  • As many as 18 percent of citizens aged 18-24 do not have photo ID with current address and name; using 2004 census tallies, almost 4.5 million young adult American citizens are in jeopardy.

 

Further, voter ID laws disproportionately impact women.  Those who have assumed a married name may still have their single-status name on their driver’s license vs. their name on the voter roll.  The above-mentioned Brennan Center survey found that only 48% of voting-age women have easy access to their U.S. birth certificates with their current legal name, “and only 66% of voting-age women with ready access to any proof of citizenship have a document with current legal name.”  The study used census data from 2000 and concluded that the only available proof-of-citizenship documents possessed by as many as 32 million voting-age women do not reflect their current name.

 

We encourage those in voter ID states to double-check and renew their IDs now, before the next Election Day.

 

What VoteRiders is Doing

VoteRiders, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, assists local, statewide and national organizations that help eligible citizens to obtain their voter IDs and underlying documents (birth certificates, Social Security cards, etc.), if necessary.  Read more about what VoteRiders does here.

 

Additional Help Obtaining a Voter ID

If you need help obtaining an ID or have questions, please call the Election Protection Hotline:

 

1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or call

 

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA  (1-888-839-8682)

 

Nationwide ID

First-time voters, including those who have not voted in a previous federal election or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, must present voter ID.

 

CLICK HERE to see what is required.

 

Requirements for Absentee Ballots

2014 Voter ID Laws | Long Distance Voter – The Absentee Ballot 

 

2014 Voter ID Laws

Introduction to voter ID laws

Voter ID laws have been a hot-topic the past few years. Proponents of voter ID laws argue that these laws prevent voter fraud at the polls (or by mail-in or absentee ballot).  Opponents argue that voter ID laws are a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist, and succeed primarily in prevent Americans from casting their votes on election day.  Long Distance Voter is in the latter camp: we feel that voter ID laws are an unnecessary burden on the American voter. This page is our attempt to help you learn what ID you’ll need to provide when you vote.

 

Here’s a quick summary of where we stand as of April 2014

  • Voters in 30 states will have to show an ID document when they vote in-person at the polls in 2014.
  • Voters in 9 states will have to include a photocopy of their ID when they vote by mail or by absentee ballot in 2014.
  • Voters in the remaining 19 states (and the District of Columbia) do not need to provide ID documents when voting in person or by absentee ballot.  These voters can verify their identity by signing an affidavit, providing personal identifying information, or by signing a log book or poll log (the signature is then compared to a signature on file).

 

Additional requirements for first-time voters

State voter ID laws apply equally to all voters.  First-time voters, however, may face additional voter ID requirements due to the ironically named Federal “Help America Vote Act” (HAVA) of 2002. HAVA instructs that first-time voters who register by mail must provide some form of ID before voting in a Federal election (a federal election is a presidential or congressional election).

 

HAVA in a nutshell: you should include your drivers license number on your voter registration form or you should be prepared to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot. You must meet this ID requirements the first time you vote in a federal election in a new state – even if you’ve voted before in another state.  Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • a non-expired photo ID (driver’s license, US passport, student ID, military ID, work ID, tribal ID, etc)
  • a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that shows your name and current address

 

Exceptions to the voter ID requirements

  • Military and overseas voters who are vote by absentee ballot under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) are exempt from ALL voter ID requirements.
  • Elderly and disabled voters are exempt from the HAVA requirments but might not be exempt from state voter ID laws.

 

Where to go if you have questions

Voter ID is a pain in the neck and laws change frequently. We make every effort to keep this data up-to-date, but if you have any questions you should contact your Local Election Official

 

Important: Check Your State Listing Carefully — Each State Has Unique Mail Ballot Deadlines and Requirements.

 

Voting by Absentee Ballot is a particularly viable alternative for people who might have trouble getting to the polls or standing in long lines on Election Day. In some states the Voter ID requirements are less stringent for Absentee Voting than voting in person. Deadlines and requirements vary by state, so please check our Absentee Voting/Voter ID Requirements for more information.

 

CLICK HERE to view Voter ID requirements for Absentee Ballots.

 

2014 voter ID law overview

State by state details of 2014 voter ID laws

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

Resources and Off-site Links

Information on federal requirements for first-time voter identification comes directly from the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).

 

The bulk of our in-person voter ID information comes from the National Conference of State Legislatures, which is a fantastic resource.

 

We contacted the Secretaries of State and/or Local Election Officials directly to gather the absentee voter ID information.

 

We make every effort to keep this information up-to-date, but voter identification laws change frequently. Please contact your Local Election Officia

 

VoteRiders Voter ID Clinics

VoteRiders is launching Voter ID Clinics in voter ID states. click here to learn more.

 

 

Help Getting Voter ID

Need to find out if your state has a voter ID law?  As of August 2013, the following 33 states have some form of voter ID law in effect. Click on your state below to find out what the requirements are and if you have the right ID:

 

Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas Colorado Connecticut
Delaware Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Indiana
Kentucky Kansas Louisiana
Michigan Mississippi Missouri
Montana New Hampshire North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Virginia Washington

 

Contact VoteRiders

For all inquiries please fill in the fields provided and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Thank you!

 

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VoteRiders has partnered with Video the Vote to document Citizen Stories – videos about citizen voters’ compelling experiences with getting voter ID. If you have a story to tell or know someone who does, please Contact Us and we will try to connect you with a VtV volunteer in your area.

 

Every person who shares helps us reach three more voters.

Sharing this page is the easiest thing you can do to directly increase voter turnout this year.

 

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Ruth From MomsRising.org: Your Phone Has Super Powers!


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This is red hot! Monday afternoon (September 15th) the U.S. Senate will vote again on the Paycheck Fairness Act. This vote will determine whether or not the bill will move forward for a final up and down vote on the Senate floor.

 

We have to keep the pressure on our Senators. We have to make it clear to them that we’re watching, we’re listening, we’re demanding that they do more than play political football with our paychecks.

 

#WEmatter #WEvote and #WeAreAPowerfulForce!

 

Call your U.S. Senators and urge them to vote YES to move the Paycheck Fairness Act forward for a full Senate vote! It’s easy! Just call this number, and we’ll connect you to your U.S. Senator’s office: 855-976-1858

 

*Not near a phone? Don’t worry! You can still make your voice heard via email!

 

**Just click here to send a quick EMAIL message to your Senators and we’ll deliver it right away!

 

If you do have time to make a call, then when you dial the number above, you’ll hear a short recording from me reminding you of what to say when you talk to your Senator’s receptionist. Then, we’ll connect you directly to their office. That’s it – simple but powerful.

 

Making your voice heard today–by either phone or email, or both–is important: When U.S. Senators hear directly from constituents, they know that it’s an important issue that you (a voter in their district) will continue to follow.

 

Why is your voice needed now?   Last week, for the first time ever, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of moving to a full debate of the Paycheck Fairness Act, by a vote of 73-25. [2]  This historic win, a first of many hurdles for the bill, is due in no small part to your messages, letters, calls, testimony, shared stories, and contact with leaders.

 

It’s not over. Now the U.S. Senate has a chance to take the next step and do the right thing: Move the bill forward to a final up-or-down vote for passage.

 

**Look, we don’t often ask MomsRising members to make phone calls. We know you’re busy and we know that people don’t like to make calls. But we wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t important.

 

This is a critical vote to move equal pay forward, but they won’t do it if they don’t get a lot of heat from their constituents across the country telling them to stop playing games with our paychecks.

 

Making a quick call is a very powerful way to get that message across.

 

Call now: 855-976-1858 – it takes just two minutes or less! 

 

**And if you can’t make a call right now, just click here to send an EMAIL message to your U.S. Senators right away!

 

Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act is a real opportunity to help close the wage gap and boost our national economy–and we expect that those U.S. Senators who are genuinely committed to equal pay will help move the bill forward to a final up-or-down vote.

 

It’s time (actually, it’s way past time for this to happen).

 

Join me in using one of our most effective tools for change—our voices—and pick up your phone to make the call now. 855-976-1858.

 

Together, our voices are powerful!

 

-Ruth, Beth, Ashley and the whole MomsRising.org team

 

 

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2014 Election Dates For VoteRiders Target Voter ID States. Updated Voter ID Information. Get Out The VOTE!


 

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VoteRiders Overview

 

VoteRiders is a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. Through resources and media exposure, VoteRiders supports on-the-ground organizations that assist citizens to get their voter IDs and inspires local volunteers and communities to sustain such programs and galvanize others to emulate these efforts. Find us at http://www.voteriders.org

 

 

 

VoteRiders

 

VoteRiders founder and president, Kathleen Unger, talks about the impact of voter ID laws and the importance of making sure citizens have to proper ID so they can vote.

 

 

 

About VoteRiders

 

Mission

VoteRiders is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. Through resources and media exposure, VoteRiders supports on-the-ground organizations that assist citizens to get their voter ID and inspires local volunteers and communities to sustain such programs and galvanize others to emulate these efforts.

 

How We Started

Upon hearing the news of multiple states passing voter ID laws and learning that millions of potential voters may be disenfranchised come November 2012 and beyond, Kathleen Unger decided to take action.  With a wealth of professional and volunteer experience in the non-profit sector under her belt, Ms. Unger decided to start her own non-profit dedicated to ensuring all citizens would be able to exercise their fundamental right to vote.  It was important to Ms. Unger that VoteRiders not duplicate what others are doing in this regard.  Thus, VoteRiders was founded in April 2012.

 

 

Organization Status

VoteRiders was incorporated as a non-profit organization in California on April 6, 2012. Contributions to VoteRiders, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of theInternal Revenue Code, are deductible for computing income and estate taxes.

 

 

2014 Election Dates for VoteRiders Target Voter ID States

 

Alabama

State House special election: January 28, 2014
State House special election: March 25, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: May 24, 2014
Primary election: June 3, 2014
Primary runoff election: July 15, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 25, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Arkansas

Special elections:  January 14, 2014 – Craighead, Yell, and Cross Counties
Special election:  March 11, 2014 – Pulaski County
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: April 21, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: May 5, 2014
Primary election: May 20, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary runoff election: May 12, 2014
Early voting for Primary runoff election: June 3, 2014
Primary runoff: June 10, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 20, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Arizona

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: July 28, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: July 31, 2014
Primary election: August 26, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early Voting for General election: October 9, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Florida

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: July 28, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: August 16 – August 23, 2014
Primary election: August 26, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 25, 2014 – November 1, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Georgia

Voter registration deadline for Special election: February 18, 2014
Early voting for Special election: February 24, 2014
Special election: March 18, 2014
Special election runoff: April 15, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: April 21, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: April 28 – May 16, 2014
Primary election: May 20, 2014
Primary runoff:  July 22, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 14 – November 1, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Indiana

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: April 7, 2014
Primary election: May 6, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Kansas

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: July 15, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: July 16, 2014
Primary election: August 5, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 14, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 15, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Mississippi

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: May 3, 2014
Primary election: June 3, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 4, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

North Carolina

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: April 11, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: April 24 – May 3, 2014
Primary election: May 6, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 10, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 23 – November 1, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

New Hampshire

Special election primary: January 21, 2014 – Northern NH
Voter registration deadline for Town elections: March 1, 2014
Town elections: March 11, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: September 2, 2014
Primary election: September 9, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 25, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Ohio

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: April 7, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: irregular days and times April 1 – May 3, 2014
Primary election: May 6, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Special election: July 7, 2014
Special election: August 5, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early voting for General election: irregular days and times October 7 – November 1, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Pennsylvania

General Assembly special election: January 28, 2014 – Bedford, Fulton, Huntingdon Counties
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: April 21, 2014
Primary election: May 20, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Rhode Island

General Assembly special election primary: January 21, 2014 – Woonsocket
Voter registration deadline for special election: January 26, 2014
General Assembly special election: February 25, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: August 10, 2014
Primary election: September 9, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 5, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

South Carolina

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: May 10, 2014
Primary election: June 10, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 4, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Tennessee

Voter registration deadline for County Primary election: April 7, 2014
Early voting for County Primary election: April 16 – May 1, 2014
County Primary elections:  May 6, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: July 8, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: July 18 – August 2, 2014
State Primary and County General elections: August 7, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 15 – October 30, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Texas

Voter registration deadline for Primary election: February 3, 2014
Early voting for Primary election: February 18 – 28, 2014
Primary election: March 4, 2014
Voter registration deadline for TX Senate District 4 Special election: April 10, 2014
Early voting for TX Senate District 4 Special election: April 28 – May 6, 2014
TX Senate District 4 Special election: May 10, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary runoff election: April 28, 2014
Early voting for Primary runoff election: May 19 – 23, 2014
Primary runoff election: May 27, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 6, 2014
Early voting for General election: October 20 – 31, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Virginia

*For additional Virginia special election dates please click here.

Voter registration deadline for local special Primary elections: February 10, 2014
Local special Primary elections: March 4, 2014
Voter registration deadline for local special General elections: April 14, 2014
Local special General elections: May 6, 2014
Voter registration deadline for Primary election: May 19, 2014
Primary election: June 10, 2014
Voter registration deadline for General election: October 14, 2014
General election: November 4, 2014

Wisconsin

Spring Primary election: February 18, 2014
Spring General election: April 1, 2014
Fall Primary election: August 12, 2014
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Voter ID Clinics

 

Spread the Word About Voter ID Laws

 

Attorney Voter Advocates

 

 

Voter ID Advocate Training

 

Published on Oct 23, 2012

Note: On October 2, 2012, the Pennsylvania voter ID law was suspended until after the 2012 election.

Some states have enacted laws requiring voters to show photo identification to be allowed to cast their ballot. VoteRiders & The League of Women Voters team up with the Philadelphia Senior Law Center in a session to train volunteer advocates who help people secure the the kinds of photo ID needed to vote in states that now require it.

 

 

 

The Victims of Voter ID Laws

 

Published on Jun 12, 2012

Last year, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker passed a law requiring citizens to show identification at the polls. While two state judges have blocked the law from going into effect, if the injunction is lifted the law would likely disenfranchise thousands of voters. The Center for American Progress visited the state during the contentious recall election to investigate.

 

 

 

It’s NOT Just Black Americans denied the right to vote.

 

“Our nation is strengthened when the majority of our eligible citizens vote. A wave of voter suppression legislation, chiefly government-issued photo ID laws, threatens to make it difficult to impossible for communities of color, elderly, veterans and people with disabilities to do so.  That is why VoteRiders, working in the states with key partners to help voters acquire the necessary documents to vote, is so vital.”

Eric Marshall, Senior Manager for Election Administration, State Voices; former Co-Leader ofElection Protection

 

 

Veteran Denied the Right to Vote

 

Published on Apr 23, 2012

Restrictive voter I.D. laws are being passed in many states, making it especially difficult for students, the poor, seniors and minorities to vote. Join Gil Paar in fighting for our rights. Visit http://www.usw.org/election2012.

 

 

 

About the Issue

Protecting the right to vote is not a partisan issue. It’s an American issue.  No citizen should be prevented from exercising this basic right.

 

Complicated voter ID laws put state bureaucrats between eligible voters and the ballot box.

 

You must act now to protect your vote and the votes of others.

 

You can help save our American democracy.

 

 

Are you Ready to Vote?

 

As of August 2013, some form of voter ID law is in effect in 33 states:

 

Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas Colorado Connecticut
Delaware Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Indiana
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana
Michigan Mississippi Missouri
Montana New Hampshire North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Virginia Washington

What’s the Big Deal?

Some people may think it’s easy to get a photo ID.  Doesn’t everybody need one to drive a car, get on a plane, and buy cigarettes and alcohol?  Well, not everyone drives including people with disabilities, older adults – the Greatest Generation! – and low-income individuals.  Not everybody smokes or drinks alcohol.  And many citizens have their reasons why they do not travel on airplanes.

 

Ok, then … just get the ID that you need! Not so fast – obtaining a current, valid, government-issued photo ID in order to vote means at least one trip to the local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles or wherever in each state you get a voter ID). Depending upon where you live, your local DMV can be up to 100 miles away; and the days and hours it’s open can be few.

 

The much bigger difficulty can be trying to get the documents you need to prove who you are and where you live.  To get a voter ID, a state may require a certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised seal (and, legal documentation of any change of name since then) – all of which costs money and can take a lot of time, plus a social security card plus two acceptable documents showing your name and address.

 

 

Who Do Voter ID Laws Affect?

report released by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School analyzed laws that had passed in 14 states by October of 2011.  The study found that these laws have the potential to disenfranchise more than five million eligible voters in 2012. Since then, 17 new states have some form of voter ID law in effect. Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, which was passed in 2012 and therefore excluded from the Brennan Center study, could ultimately affect an additional 758,939 to 1.5 million eligible Pennsylvania voters, based on reliable surveys and sources.

 

Some laws specify strict current, government-issued photo ID requirements.  Those who do not have a current, valid photo ID – primarily those without a driver’s license – are older Americans, people of color, young adults, people with disabilities and individuals with low incomes.

 

To further understand the issue, a Brennan Center survey conducted in 2006 regarding US citizens and proof of citizenship yielded the following findings:

 

  • As many as 11 percent of voting-age United States citizens – more than 21 million individuals – do not have current unexpired government-issued photo identification.
  • 18 percent of American citizens age 65 and above do not have a current government-issued photo ID.  Using 2005 census estimates, this amounts to more than six million senior citizens.
  • 25 percent of African-American voting-age citizens have no current government-issued photo ID, compared to eight percent of white voting-age citizens.  Using 2000 census figures, there are more than 5.5 million adult African-American citizens without photo identification.
  • As many as 18 percent of citizens aged 18-24 do not have photo ID with current address and name; using 2004 census tallies, almost 4.5 million young adult American citizens are in jeopardy.

 

Further, voter ID laws disproportionately impact women.  Those who have assumed a married name may still have their single-status name on their driver’s license vs. their name on the voter roll.  The above-mentioned Brennan Center survey found that only 48% of voting-age women have easy access to their U.S. birth certificates with their current legal name, “and only 66% of voting-age women with ready access to any proof of citizenship have a document with current legal name.”  The study used census data from 2000 and concluded that the only available proof-of-citizenship documents possessed by as many as 32 million voting-age women do not reflect their current name.

 

We encourage those in voter ID states to double-check and renew their IDs now, before the next Election Day.

 

 

What VoteRiders is Doing

VoteRiders, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, assists local, statewide and national organizations that help eligible citizens to obtain their voter IDs and underlying documents (birth certificates, Social Security cards, etc.), if necessary.  Read more about what VoteRiders does here.

 

Additional Help Obtaining a Voter ID

If you need help obtaining an ID or have questions, please call the Election Protection Hotline:

 

1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or call

 

the Ve Y Vota Hotline:

 

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA  (1-888-839-8682)

 

 

Nationwide ID

First-time voters, including those who have not voted in a previous federal election or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, must present voter ID.

 

CLICK HERE to see what is required.

 

 

Requirements for Absentee Ballots

Important: Check Your State Listing Carefully — Each State Has Unique Mail Ballot Deadlines and Requirements.

 

Voting by Absentee Ballot is a particularly viable alternative for people who might have trouble getting to the polls or standing in long lines on Election Day. In some states the Voter ID requirements are less stringent for Absentee Voting than voting in person. Deadlines and requirements vary by state, so please check our Absentee Voting/Voter ID Requirements for more information.

 

CLICK HERE to view Voter ID requirements for Absentee Ballots.

 

 

VoteRiders Voter ID Clinics

VoteRiders is launching Voter ID Clinics in voter ID states. click here to learn more.

 

 

Help Getting Voter ID

Need to find out if your state has a voter ID law?  As of August 2013, the following 33 states have some form of voter ID law in effect. Click on your state below to find out what the requirements are and if you have the right ID:

 

Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas Colorado Connecticut
Delaware Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Indiana
Kentucky Kansas Louisiana
Michigan Mississippi Missouri
Montana New Hampshire North Carolina
North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Virginia Washington

 

 

Contact VoteRiders

For all inquiries please fill in the fields provided and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. Thank you!

 

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VoteRiders has partnered with Video the Vote to document Citizen Stories – videos about citizen voters’ compelling experiences with getting voter ID. If you have a story to tell or know someone who does, please Contact Us and we will try to connect you with a VtV volunteer in your area.

 

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Next Battle: The “NO”vember 4th, 2014 Mid-Term Elections.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The 2014 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in this election along with 38 state and territorial governorships, 46 state legislatures (except LouisianaMississippiNew Jersey and Virginia), four territorial legislatures and numerous state and local races.

 

 

2014 United States elections
Midterm elections
Election day November 4
Senate elections
Seats contested 33 seats of Class II
and various mid-term vacancies

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Map of the 2014 Senate races
Light red: Retiring Republican
Dark red: Incumbent Republican
Light blue: Retiring Democrat
Dark blue: Incumbent Democrat
Gray: no election
House elections
Seats contested All 435 seats to the 114th Congress
Gubernatorial elections
Seats contested 38

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English: Color coded map for the 2014 U.S. gubernatorial races (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map of the 2014 gubernatorial races
Light red: Term-limited or Retiring Republican
Dark red: Incumbent Republican
Light blue: Term-limited or Retiring Democrat
Dark blue: Incumbent Democrat
Green: Incumbent Independent
Gray: no election

 

 

Congressional elections

 

Senate elections…. All seats in Senate Class II will be up for election. Additionally, special elections will be held to fill vacancies in the other two Senate Classes.

 

Senate Class II 

Class 2 consists of:

 

States with a Class 2 senator: AlabamaAlaskaArkansasColoradoDelawareGeorgiaIdahoIllinoisIowaKansasKentuckyLouisiana,MaineMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMontanaNebraskaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNorth Carolina,OklahomaOregonRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasVirginiaWest Virginia, and Wyoming.

 

 

House of Representatives elections

 

All 435 voting seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election. Additionally, elections will be held to select the delegates for the District of Columbia and four of the five U.S. territories. The only seat in the House not up for election will be the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, who serves a four-year term.

 

On March 11, there was a special election for Florida’s 13th congressional district.

 

 

Gubernatorial elections

 

Elections will be held for the governorships of thirty-six of the fifty U.S. States and threeU.S. territories. Special elections may be held for vacancies in the other states and territories.

 

OBAMA CORNELL

 

The 2014 Midterms are coming. Less than 7 months away. Get registered, get your voter ID. Get educated on new voting rules in YOUR State, county, districts.

 

The Mid Term Elections Are 7 Months Away. Here Is ALL You Need To Know For Voter Registration. Get Links, Facts, Phone Numbers & Mailing Information To Get Registered AND Learn New Voter I.D. Laws In YOUR State.

Mid Term Election Day November 4th, 2014…7 Months Away. Get Prepared. Barack That Vote!

 

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Voter Registration

 

VOTER REGISTRATION

 

 

Registration Deadline: Voter registration is closed for the ten (10) days before an election

 

Party Affiliation: No party registration required for primary voting

 

VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS:

 


Age: Must be 18 years old

 

Citizenship: Must be a United States Citizen

 

Residency: Must be a resident of your state

 

Mental Competency: Have not been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court

 

Felony Convictions: Have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony (or have rights restored)

 

ID Requirements: Driver’s license number or Social Security number

 

OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

 

 

Online: http://www.sos.state.  your state here /elections/GetRegForm.aspx

 

 

In person
– Local County Board of Registrars
– Driver’s licensing office
– County and select municipal public libraries
– Department of Human Resources
– WIC Program, Department of Public Health
– Medicaid Agency
– Department of Rehabilitation Services
– Public 4-year universities
– Select private 4-year universities

 

By mail/ in writing : Must write/phone your local elections office

 

 

 

VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS

 

 

Check Status of Your Voter Registration

 



The NAACP has once again teamed up with the National Urban League to sponsor the National Voter Empowerment Hotline at 1-866-MyVote1 (1-866-698-6831).

 

ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS

 

 

Who can vote absentee

 


   – Will be absent from the county on election day
– Is ill or has a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place
– Is a registered Alabama voter living outside the county, such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person
– Is an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place
– Works a required shift, 10-hours or more, that coincides with polling hours

 

 

Other absentee voter qualifications: Business/MedicalEmergency Voting application can be made after the absentee deadline but no later than 5 PM on the day before the election, if the voter is required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on election day for an emergency business trip, or has a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician.

 

 

OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

 

 

Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad

 

 

Get Your Absentee Ballot Now! 

 

 

Federal Voting Assistance Program – Home – To Vote Absentee

 


In person: Visit the local absentee election manager(usually the Circuit Clerk) to request and absentee ballot.

 

 

By mail: Link to address/contact info – County election offices

 

 

Military and oversees voting: http://www.sos.state. your state here us/elections/MilitaryOverseas.aspx

 

 


Emergency Voting: For medical or business emergencies; must apply no later than 5pm the night before the election

 

 

Other absentee ballot information:The absentee ballot application must be returned to the Absentee Election Manager by the voter in person (or by the voter’s designee in the case of medical emergency voting) or by U.S. Mail.  No absentee ballot application may be mailed in the same envelope as another voter’s absentee ballot application.

 

 

SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Location and time: An absentee ballot returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day prior to the election and received by the Absentee Election Manager no later than noon on election day. If hand-delivered, the ballot must be in the office of the Absentee Election Manager by the close of business (but no later than 5 p.m.) on the day prior to the election.

 

Other absentee ballot submission information: An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless the affidavit is  notarized or has the signature of two witnesses. If the absentee ballot application is approved, the Absentee Election Manager forwards the ballot by U.S. mail or personally hands the absentee ballot to the voter (or to a designee in the case of emergency voting).

 

EARLY VOTING

 

Early Voting States

 

Absentee and Early Voting

 

Early Voting and Absentee Voting


Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org

 

Time off to vote: Employees can take time off to vote in any election for which the employee is qualified and registered to vote, unless the employee’s work hours commence at least two hours after the polls open or end at least one hour before the polls close. The employer may determine what hours are available for the employee to vote.

 

Polling Place: https://myinfo. your state here votes.gov/


ID Requirements: Photo ID or HAVA approved ID

 

How to Vote: Paper ballots + Optical scan voting equipment Link to Sample Ballots

 

Problems with voting: HAVA Voter Complaint Form

 

Verifying provisional ballot status: https://myinfo. your state here votes.gov/

 


Verifying absentee ballot status: https://myinfo. your state here .gov/

 

 

One Common Ground, Philipsburg, MT 59858 Hotline: 888-Vote-Smart (888-868-3762)

 

 

2014 U.S. Senate Midterm Election Races

 

Georgia, Iowa, New Mexico, and Virginia. We moved Iowa from “Democrat Hold” to “Tossup.”

 

We currently rate six races in the “Tossup” category (AK, CO, KY, LA, MI, IA), five Democrat seats and one GOP seat, with an additional five seats already projected as “GOP Takeaways” (AR, MT, NC, SD, WV). Republicans need a net six takeaways to regain control of the Senate. Polls and projections on the thirty-five 2014 U.S. Senate Midterm Election races. Get the latest information on the Senate contests here.

 

The Democrats have a five-seat majority (55-45) when you include the two “Independents” who caucus with them. That means Republicans will have to net gain six seats to retake control of the U.S. Senate (If it is 50-50 with the two Independents voting with the Democrats, it would remain in Democratic control because the Vice-President would cast the tie-breaking vote). There are 35 races, 21 of them seats currently held by Democrats, and 14 by Republicans.

 

The 35 races (including special elections) are listed in the table here:

Polls and Projections

 

 

2014 United States elections

 

U.S. Senate

 

U.S. House

 

Governors

 

Mayors

 

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The Manchin-Toomey Gun Bill Vote


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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The Senate is scheduled to vote today on the crucial Manchin-Toomey amendment — a bipartisan effort that would expand background checks to include gun shows and online sales.

 

An overwhelming majority of Americans, including gun owners and several prominent pro-gun groups, support Manchin-Toomey. Yet the vote is too close to call and six Senators are undecided on how they will vote.

 

Send a message to key senators that their vote will affect the safety of the entire country:

 

 

“Vote YES on the Manchin-Toomey Amendment to expand background checks and save lives. #DemandAction”

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This is a critical moment for gun reform in America. The Manchin-Toomey amendment will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

 
Thank you for making your voice heard. Please forward this message to your friends and family and ask them to do the same:

 

http://DemandAction.org/KeySenators

 

 

 

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URGENT: This afternoon is the big Senate vote on guns.

 

The NRA is opposing the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey proposal for background checks on gun purchases. A vote was delayed last week due to concerns that it lacked the votes, and today’s vote will be tight.

 

It’s incredibly important that senators hear from constituents TODAY.

 

Can you call Senators and tell them you want background checks!!

 

The Manchin-Toomey proposal expands background checks to gun sales online and at gun shows — where criminals and other dangerous people too often get their hands on deadly firearms.

 

It has support from groups as diverse as the pro-gun Independent Firearm Owners Association and the 900 mayors of the pro-reform Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

 

It is sound policy that will save lives.

 

Our calls today can persuade fence-sitting Democrats. We must also bolster Democrats who are with us, but are bombarded with NRA calls. And, believe it or not, some Republicans are on the fence.

 

Call right now and tell them you support the Manchin-Toomey proposal.

 

 

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The Senate is expected to vote today on expanding background checks for gun sales — a measure that would go a long way toward reducing gun violence and making our communities safer.

 

Our senators are debating right now, and we expect the vote to be very close — now is the time to speak up.

 

Can you pick up the phone right now and call the Senate?

 

 
It only takes a few minutes of your time to make your voice heard.

 

 
Then, make sure you report back on how it went.

 

If you need help, here’s a suggestion on what you can say:

I’m a constituent and I’m calling today to ask :are you supporting expanded background checks as a part of S. 649, the current gun violence prevention legislation on the floor of the Senate.

 

Make sure to tell your senator where you’re from. And if you’d like, let them know your reason for taking action on gun violence. Maybe you have a friend or a family member who’s been affected by gun violence, or maybe you were moved to stand up after the shooting in Newtown, or Tucson, or Virginia Tech. Whatever your reason, your passion will come through and that will make a difference.

 

These are common-sense reforms that will actually save lives and make our communities safer. If we want the Senate to pass a bill to reduce gun violence, we have to speak up — the special-interest groups on the other side are already well represented in this debate.

 

Our senators need to know their constituents are demanding action — and that, if they stand up to the special interests, we’ll be right there fighting alongside them.

 
After you’re done, let us know how it went here:

http://my.barackobama.com/Senate-Calls-Report-Back

 

Thanks for being a part of this.

Now start calling.

 

 

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