If you’ve taken part in early voting so far this year, it’s likely you’ve run into extremely long lines or “nonpartisan observers,” both tactics specifically targeting communities of color, as was the decision to curtail or derail early voting in states like Ohio, which Sen. Nina Turner (D-OH) ably summed up here:
And as a correspondent for Melissa Harris-Perry’s show on MSNBC pointed out, the purpose of groups like this might well extend from harassing voters to tying up the electoral process itself, with a hint of transphobia mixed in:
Luckily, if you’re going out to the polls today — and we wholeheartedly urge you to — there are resources available to help you.
New York residents can confirm their poll sites by calling 866.VOTE.NYC (866.8683.692), visiting their local board of elections website or checking this list of election sites moved in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. It should also be noted that NYC residents, as well as residents in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland counties and Long Island have the option of voting at any polling place with an affadavit, per an order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker said on Twitter Monday that residents there can confirm their own election sites by texting “WHERE” (877877) and Governor Chris Christie has vowed to accomodate as many voters as possible, even in stations lacking electricity after the storm. All faxed ballots ordered over this past weekend must be turned in before 8 p.m. Tuesday night in order to count.
The Justice Department is dispatching poll observers of its own to 23 states.
If you experience or observe any “challenges” or impediments to your ability to vote, you’re encouraged to call the National Voter Protection Hotline at 866.OUR.VOTE (866.687.8683). And Think Progress has this handy guide to voting regulations around the country:
Again, we encourage you to vote today — remember, if you’re in line before your poll site closes, they can not legally stop you from voting. Although the forces out to do just that appear to be more shameless than ever this year. Good luck.
[h/t Think Progress and Crooks & Liars]