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Capitol Correspondence - 11.03.20

Hotlines if You are Voting or Assisting People with Voting Today

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It’s Election Day! If you are heading to the polls to volunteer or cast your ballot, below are election hotlines you can call if you encounter last-minute issues. If you have not yet registered to vote, it may not be too late! Many states have same-day registration – check your state rules and find many other useful resources here. We also remind readers that as long as you are standing in line to vote before polls close, you can cast your ballot even if your turn comes up after closing time.

  • ASL Hotline: 301-818-VOTE (301-818-8683)
  • English, talk or text: 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
  • Spanish or English: 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682)
  • Asian Languages or English: 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683)
  • Arabic or English: 844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287)

Bonus Advocacy Challenge: If you find yourself waiting in line, use the time to speak up on behalf of the #ForgottenFaces campaign! Take a selfie either while waiting or with your “I voted” sticker and share it on social media with a simple message such as “I am voting / I voted so people with disabilities and the Medicaid programs supporting them do not remain the #ForgottenFaces of the pandemic.” We would love to see your posts, so don’t forget to tag @TheRealANCOR!

A note on election reporting: As reported by Axios, “Don’t expect a quick, clear winner: We can’t stress enough the chance of it taking days to fully count mail-in and absentee votes, to determine the real outcome in places like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 

Be patient: COVID-19 and the mail-in torrent make this election unlike any other.” 

We encourage our members to read the full article, which also contains sound advice on avoiding the spread of misinformation, which experts expect to be prolific in coming days.