- #ExerciseYourRights is our commitment to empowering others with information. And we are using our relationships, influence, and platforms to spread knowledge in areas that we’re passionate about, including voting, women’s empowerment and social justice.
- We launched #ExerciseYourRights just a few weeks out from the 2020 Election. Our goal is to help amplify long-running efforts that are combating voter suppression and promoting voter education.
- As #ExerciseYourRights evolves, we will rally around additional causes that we believe are best addressed through the spread of awareness and facts.
The Agency #ExerciseYourRights voter initiative is intended to educate and encourage registered voters to know and exercise their legal voting rights. We commit to using our platforms, voices, and network to help remove common obstacles that keep many new and veteran voters from successfully casting their votes. We’ll continue to use our voices and our clients and allies to work towards federal legislation that provides more access to polls and voter protection for everyone.
Voter suppression has taken a new face as modern tactics create additional obstacles that disproportionately impact both young, new, and voters of color.
#ExerciseYourRights initiative is committed to educating voters and creating a safe election by supporting efforts to access the ballot box, which includes early in-person voting and vote by mail
We must protect the Voting Rights Act that Martin Luther King, Jr and other civil rights leaders tirelessly pushed to become law on August 6, 1965. More than ever, it’s critical to give all Americans a fair opportunity to participate in the electoral process, and that begins with knowing and exercising your rights.
Historical Voting Facts:
● New voters tend to be less frequent voters and less familiar with the voting process
● Voters have options they may not have considered before (like early voting or voting by mail)
● Voter registration has declined an average of 38% in 17 of the 21 states analyzed compared with the 2016 registration rates
● Ballot design flaws is a real issue
Modern Day Voter Suppression Includes:
● Stringent voter ID laws
● Fewer opportunities to vote early or vote by mail
● Failure to open on time and stay until closing time
● Holding up the vote by requiring formerly incarcerated American’s to pay fees before restoring their rights
● Long and slow-moving lines
● Systematic disenfranchisement
● Broken voting machines in targeted areas
● A smaller number of polling locations To-Knows To Successfully Cast Your Vote In Georgia Voter Education in Georgia Includes:
● There are two Senate contests, one in the lower left-hand corner, right below the presidential content, and another “special election” that will begin the second column.
● In Gwinnett County, the ballot layout is confusing. An extensive list of candidates and voters can only fill out one oval in the Special Election, even though the contest is broken into two columns.
Your Voter Rights Includes:
● If you’re in line by the time polls are scheduled to close, remain in line- it’s your right to vote.
● If polling place machines aren’t working, request a paper ballot.
● If you make a mistake while casting your vote, ask for a new ballot.
● At the polling location, your criminal record, citizenship, or other information about your voting status is questioned, call the Election Protection Hotline:
ENGLISH: 1-866-OUR VOTE (1-866-687-8683)
SPANISH: 1-866-OUR VOTE (1-866-687-8693)
The Voting Process In Georgia:
(Each method requires your driver’s license or state-issued identification)
How-To Vote by Absentee Ballot
How-To Fill Out + Submit an Absentee Ballot Application.
● Fill out, sign, and submit an absentee ballot application online (here) at ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov, by mail, fax, or in person 180 days prior to the election through the Friday before Election.
● You will need to submit your first and last name, date of birth, driver’s license or state-issued identification number, county of residence, address, phone number, and email address. For primary elections, it’s required for you to request a Democrat, Republican, or Non-Partisan ballot.
● Once you submit your information, you should receive a downloadable confirmation and an email confirmation.
● If submitting your ballot by mail, once you receive your ballot application, go here , then enter your county from the drop-down menu and click submit for the address and phone number of the Board of Registrars.
● To submit your absentee ballot application in person, once you download the application, fill it out and sign it, take the completed application to your County Board of Registrar’s office. You can find that address here .
How-To Vote With Your Absentee Ballot
● Once your county elections office reviews your absentee ballot, you will receive your ballot at the address you put on your application.
● Fill out and sign your ballot according to the instructions and use the forms and envelopes including returning your ballot (not doing so could cause your vote not to count).
● Please mail your completed ballot in time for it to arrive at your county election office by Election Day, or you can drop off your absentee ballot at an official location in your county. If you’re going to drop off your ballot, contact your county registrar here for available drop-off locations.
How-To Make Sure Your Vote Counted
Confirm that your vote was accepted by visiting here. Login in and locate the box labeled Absentee Ballot Information to find out about your ballot status.
How-To Vote Early In Person
● Early in-person voting begins on the fourth Monday before a primary or election
● Early voting ends on the Friday immediately before Election Day
● Unlike Election Day, you can vote at any early voting within your county (it doesn’t have to be your assigned polling location)
● You can locate your early voting location at the Secretary of State’s website here, then select your county from the list and hit submit
● When you arrive to vote early, you’ll need a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport, or voter identification card
How-To Vote In Person On Election Day
● On Election Day, you must vote at your designated polling place. Your assigned polling location is listed on your voter registration card.
● If you have misplaced your card, you can log into the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page or contact your County Board of Registrar’s Office.
● When you arrive at your designated polling place on Election Day, you’ll need a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport, or voter identification card.
● When you get to your polling place, show your photo ID to the poll worker. They will check your photo ID, verify that you are registered and at the correct polling location, and issue you a voter access card or ballot.