Know your voter rights – and where to get help if your vote is challenged

Several states are holding local elections today. It’s important to know what your voter rights are and where to seek help if you feel that anyone has blocked you from exercising your Constitutional right to vote.

A good place to turn for information about your rights is the League of Women Voters. If you have questions about voting issues call their voting rights hotline website Vote411.org. Visit the website or

Call one of these national hotlines:
1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
1-844-418-1682 (Arabic)

Here’s some specific information they shared about New Jersey voter rights:

  • 1st time voters who register in person may be asked to show ID.
  • 1st time voters who register by mail can satisfy the ID requirement by filling in their Social Security Number or NJ Driver’s License number on the registration form
  • At the polls, voters who have already not satisfied the ID requirement can be asked to show proof of address. That proof can be a piece of mail addressed to the voter.
  • If you cannot satisfy the ID requirement, you can ask for a provisional ballot. Lack of ID cannot stop you from voting.

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