FAQ

Are you ready to become a True the Vote-trained poll watcher? There are 4 steps to get you ready for Election Day.

Step 1: Watch the TTV training video.

Step 2: Check your state’s poll watcher placement rule. In most cases, a political party or candidate has the power to place you in the poll.

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Step 3: Connect with your state/local political party of choice and tell them you’re ready to go.

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Step 4: Get ready for the VoteStand smartphone app. Use this tool to submit reports on questionable occurrences you observe.

See you at the polls!

You may have heard the term "voting record," but what is it? You may not know this, but once you have registered to vote, your registration and past voting record is a public record available to anyone that wants to see it.

These records will contain the voter's name, the address with which the voter registered to vote, the party affiliation, and the votes cast.

To see voting records, go to the County Clerk's office or the Secretary of State's office and request the records.

Some states offer a "safe at home or work" program to victims of abuse, domestic violence, stalking, or to healthcare workers that may be involved in delivering abortion services. This service will make sure the home address of any person that qualifies for the program is kept off the publicly available record.

Check with your Secretary of State's office to find out more.

If you are sure you cannot be near your local polling place on Election Day, you may qualify to vote absentee. Absentee voting is mostly conducted before Election Day by mail, though you might also be able to turn in your absentee ballot at your local government offices.

Reasons for voting absentee could be if you are away at college, if you are away for military service, if you are in a medical facility and unable to leave, or if you simply cannot be home on Election Day for other reasons.

In fact, depending on your state statutes, you may be able to vote absentee without any real reason at all -- a practice sometimes called no-excuse absentee voting.

One thing is sure though, you must already be registered to vote before you attempt to vote absentee.

Please be sure and visit your local city hall, county government offices, or Office of the Secretary of State's website as soon as possible to learn what the requirements are in your state.

More information can be found on both your county government's website as well as your Secretary of State's website.

In this day when the Internet seems to fill so much of our lives, one might think that voting over the Internet should not only be possible, but would also be a good idea.

There are actually very good reasons why you cannot vote for an elected official over the Internet (except with rare exceptions). Security and fraud are the biggest concerns.

Sadly, there is no way to prevent hacking and fraud with online voting. Imagine a hacker being able to get into an online voting system and flooding the ballot collection program with false votes. With today's technology it would be hard to stop such a thing.

While voting systems in America do utilize computers and secure connections between the polls and the various offices with statewide election authority, there is currently no national Internet voting system. The risk of hacking and fraud is simply too great.

There may come a day when Internet voting can be secure and safe from hacking and fraud, but we are not there at this time.

Two important questions about Election Day are: when do the polling places open, and how long do they stay open? The answers vary from county to county and state to state.

Election Day itself is the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. That means that the earliest day could be November 2nd and the latest day could be November 8th, so the actual Election Day will vary each year.

Many states open polling places at 7AM and close at 7PM. However some states have longer voting hours, opening at 6AM and closing even as late as 9PM.

Polling place opening and closing times are questions that can only be answered definitively by contacting your local city hall, county government offices, or Office of the Secretary of State. Check our interactive map for official schedules and contact information.

More information can be found at both your county government website as well as your Secretary of State's website.

So, you've registered to vote, you've found out how and where to vote, and you've done your civic duty on Election Day and cast that all-important ballot. The day after Election Day, you want to find out what the turnout was and which candidate or ballot measure won. How do you find voter turnout?

Often, on Election Day and the day after, the larger newspapers in your state will have special sections with the voter turnout statistics -- both in print and on the Internet. Keeping an eye on the news coverage is certainly a good way to find out what is going on with the election results. Your local TV news might also have special programs on election night as the votes are tallied. For national elections, cable news will do the same.

Also, most county clerk offices will have a section on their website that has a mounting total as polling places report the final vote tally.  Additionally, your Secretary of State will also have a section on its website with a running total of the statewide vote results.

Voter fraud is any attempt to illegally compromise our election system. Some examples include: phony voter registrations, fake absentee ballots, illegally trying to manipulate voters on Election Day, and theft of ballots.

What can I do about it?

The one best way to combat voter fraud is through citizen involvement. True the Vote trains, equips, and supports citizen activists to help spot, report, and stop voter fraud. We encourage citizens to volunteer at the polls to observe the election process and report irregularities. You can make a difference in keeping our elections free and fair.

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