Laws that took effect in 2023 may change how you vote in the 2024 elections:
Redistricting in 2022 redrew the boundaries of certain state legislative and U.S. congressional districts.
You can register to vote at your polling place on Election Day. You will be asked to show proof of your identity, age, citizenship status and residence. If you do not provide your ID at the polls and it’s your first time registering, you will receive an affidavit ballot and must submit a photocopy of your ID within seven days.
You can only vote in the primary of the party with which you are registered. Undeclared voters can choose to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary, but not both. After the election, you’ll remain a registered member of that party unless you fill out a request to return to undeclared status, which you can do before leaving your polling place.
You can vote absentee only for approved reasons, such as a disability or work commitment.
Place your completed ballot in the inner envelope and sign the affidavit on the outside. If you have a disability and received assistance, the person who helped you must sign an acknowledgment that appears on the absentee-ballot application and on the affidavit. Seal the inner envelope before placing it in the outer mailing envelope. If you’re including absentee-voter registration forms and proof that you qualify, place those documents in the outer envelope before you seal it.
On Election Day, absentee ballots will be accepted only by mail or from a delivery agent, such as an immediate family member, until 5 p.m. Your delivery agent may be asked to show ID and fill out paperwork to deliver your ballot.
Track your absentee ballot through the state’s voter information portal.
If you qualify for an absentee ballot, you can cast an in-person absentee ballot at your city or town clerk’s office.
Polls will be open from at least 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the state primary on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Extended hours vary by location, so check your polling place or contact your city or town clerk. As long as you’re in line before the polls close, you may cast a ballot.
Bring an acceptable form of photo ID, such as your state driver’s license or U.S. passport, to vote on Election Day. Those without ID can sign an affidavit, have their photo taken and proceed to vote.
Each polling place is equipped with an accessible system and voting booth for voters with disabilities. Find more information at the secretary of state’s website.
Voters who need assistance filling in their ballot can receive help from either an election official or someone they choose, as long as that person is not an employer or union official.
You can request to have an absentee ballot and affidavit envelope delivered to your vehicle outside the polling place if you can’t enter because of a disability. Once you’ve completed the affidavit and ballot, an election official will bring them back into the polling place.
Sample ballots are available at the secretary of state’s website.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Jan. 22, 2024. It has been updated to reflect new information about the 2024 elections.
Elissa Chudwin covers federal and state policy and writes the podcast Today’s Tips from AARP. She previously worked as a digital producer for The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, California, and as an editor for Advocate magazines in Dallas.
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