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The ¡Ve y Vota! campaign is a nonpartisan, comprehensive civic participation strategy, designed to remove barriers to full Latino electoral participation.
The campaign’s year-round 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) bilingual national hotline and NALEO Educational Fund website provide Latino voters nationwide with vital information on every aspect of the electoral process, from registering to vote, to deciding between options to vote early, by mail, or on Election Day, and includes an easy-to-use voter registration tool. The (888) VE-Y-VOTA hotline is staffed by live bilingual operators year-round, all trained to assist callers with any voting questions or issues. Voters and voting advocates can also text “GOVOTE” to 97779 for English or “VEYVOTA” to 97779 for Spanish to stay updated on all campaign happenings.
VOTING DURING COVID-19
If you decide to vote in person on Election Day, we recommend you follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social “physical” distancing guidelines along with the guidance from your local public health officials.
Here are some suggestions that may help prevent the spread of the virus:
If you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms, it is important to stay home and away from other people until it is safe to be around others. Consider voting by mail instead.
Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, or sanitize with alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after voting, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Wear a face covering and keep a six-foot distance at all times upon your arrival to the voting center/polling location, even while you are waiting in line to vote.
Avoid touching your face.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?
If your answer is yes to all of the below questions, then you are eligible:
Am I a U.S. citizen?
Will I be at least 18 years of age by Election Day?
Am I a resident of the state where I plan to vote?
Have I not been convicted of a felony or on parole for committing a felony?
Have I not claimed the right to vote in another state, borough, county, or city?
Have I never been placed under conservatorship or determined to be incapacitated or incompetent by a court?
Registering to Vote
Registering to vote is easy and only takes a few minutes. Depending on your state, you may be able to register to vote online. Use the tool below to register to vote today! If your state does not allow online voter registration, you will have to print the form, sign it, and drop it in the mail.
You can also register to vote at the following places:
- Your local Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Most state and social service offices, which provide public services or assistance programs (e.g., unemployment offices, DMV, or Social Security offices).
What kind of information do I need to register to vote?
To register to vote, you will need to provide basic information like your full name, address, age, sex, driver’s license number, or the last four digits of your social security number (SSN).
Checking Your Registration Status
You can call our national bilingual hotline at 1-888-839-8682 (1-888-VE-Y-VOTA) to find out if you are registered to vote.
Hotline Hours Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET
Voter Registration Deadlines
In a majority of states, eligible citizens who wish to vote in an election must register before their state’s deadline, usually 30 to 15 days before Election Day. Be sure to find out when your state’s registration deadline is and to submit or postmark your registration application by no later than that date.
Voters may register and vote on Election Day in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, HI, ID, IL, IA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MT, NV, NH, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WY. Voters are not required to register to vote in ND.
Updating Your Voter Registration
You only need to re-register to vote if the following applies to you:
- You have changed your address since you last registered;
- You legally changed your name, by marriage or choice;
- You have not voted in more than two consecutive federal elections: in this case, you should confirm your voter registration status before voting as your previous registration may have been canceled; or
- You want to change your political party affiliation.
The Voting Process
As there are several options available to voters in most states and territories, it is crucial for voters to be aware of their choices and rights as they navigate this process.
Many states allow voters to vote early. Early voting allows voters to cast their ballots at an in-person location before Election Day. Early voting has many benefits for voters, including avoiding long lines on Election Day and making voting more convenient to voters’ schedules. Visit VOTE411.org to learn more about early voting in your state or call 888-839-8682.
Vote by Mail
Many states allow voters to register to vote by mail. Vote by mail, or absentee voting, allows voters to cast their ballots remotely without visiting a polling place. Some states allow voters to become permanent vote-by-mail voters, who receive all election materials, including ballots, by mail for all upcoming elections.
Provisional voting allows voters whose eligibility is in question to cast a ballot. Federal law gives voters the right to cast provisional ballots if they encounter any of the following scenarios, as long as those voters believe that they are eligible and have been registered as is required:
- Your name does not appear on the official poll list for that precinct or the election official is unable to determine your eligibility
- You are unable or decline to provide the required proof of identity. Please visit your state page for state-specific requirements or contact your local election official
- Your name appears on the official poll list for that precinct as having already requested an absentee ballot
Remember, you can vote provisionally at any polling place location.
When completing a provisional ballot, remember to:
- Fill out the statement on the envelope that comes with the provisional ballot.
- Once you have voted, place the ballot in the provisional ballot envelope and return the sealed envelope to the election official.
- After Election Day, contact your election official to determine if your ballot was counted.
Your Rights as a Voter
While practices vary across the country, the following voter bill of rights applies to all states.
- You may cast a ballot if you registered to vote before the deadline;
- You may cast a ballot if you are in line at a polling place before the polls close;
- You may cast a provisional ballot if your name is not listed on the voter rolls but you believe that you have correctly registered to vote;
- You may cast a secret ballot free from intimidation;
- You may receive a new ballot if you believe you made a mistake;
- You may receive assistance in casting your ballot from the person of your choice other than your employer or union representative if you are unable to vote without it;
- You may receive election materials in a language other than English; *
- You may receive assistance in your preferred language from a bilingual poll worker; *
- You may ask questions about election procedures and observe the elections process; and
- You may report any illegal activity to a local, state, or federal elections official.
*Note: Only applicable if your jurisdiction is subject to legal requirements based on the presence of a critical mass of eligible voters who are not yet fully fluent in English.
If you encounter any issues in casting your ballot or feel that your rights were violated, call our national bilingual hotline at 1-888-839-8682 (1-888-VE-Y-VOTA), and we will help you resolve your dispute and report your claim.
In many states, counties, cities, and precincts, voters have the right to use voting materials and access live assistance in Spanish and other languages. There are federal, state, and local laws that sometimes prescribe complex calculations to determine which jurisdictions are subject to these requirements.
If you have questions or would like to learn if your jurisdiction provides language assistance, call 1-888-839-8682 (1-888-VE-Y-VOTA).
This year, NALEO Educational Fund is partnering with the League of Woman Voters on the Spanish version of VOTE411.org. The website is a one-stop-shop for election-related information.
VOTE411.org provides the public with nonpartisan general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process:
- Election dates
- Registration deadlines
- Vote-by-mail information
- Voter registration forms
- Early voting options (where applicable)
- Ballot measure information (where applicable)
- Factual data on candidates in various federal, state, and local races
- General information on topics like how to watch debates with a critical eye
- ID requirements
- Polling place locations
- Voter qualifications
- Voting machines
An important component of VOTE411.org is the polling place locator, which enables users to type in their address and retrieve the polling location for where they live.