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Tips for Election Day

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If early voting lines are any indication, the polls on Nov. 8 are sure to be busy! Here are some tips from State Election Secretary Paul Ziriax to help smooth the process.

1. Save time by voting during off-peak times, typically from 9 – 11 a.m. & 1:30 – 4 p.m. Lines are likely to be the longest before work, during lunch and after work. If you can't make it during off-peak times, consider bringing a portable chair, which could be especially important for those with difficulties standing for long periods.

2. Don't waste time standing in the wrong line. Before you leave to vote, confirm your polling location and look over a sample ballot using the Online Voter Tool at

3. Bring your notes! You are allowed to bring notes or a marked sample ballot with you just as long as you don't show them to anyone else inside the polling location.

4. Have your ID handy. State law requires voters to provide proof of identity. Only a valid photo ID issued by federal, state or tribal governments or a voter ID card issued by the County Election Board will be accepted. Voters can sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballet that will be counted after Election Day if the information matches official voter registration records.


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