Don’t let anyone intimidate you. Once you’re in line to vote, stay there.

People standing in line to vote

Screenshot / Charlotte Observer

Once you are in line to vote on Election Day, keep your place. There may be a long wait, but if you leave the line, you may not be allowed to vote.

“If the polls close while you’re still in line, stay in line – you have the right to vote,” reports the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Many voters are in and out in just a few minutes, but some polling places will have longer lines. Also, don’t let anyone intimidate you! You have a RIGHT to vote. If you are feeling threatened, call the Election Protection Hotline (866-687-8683).

One way to avoid waiting in line to vote may be to vote early. Forty one states as well as Washington, DC will allow voters to vote early, in person. As misinformation circulates about absentee ballots, early in-person voting is also a way to be sure your vote is counted.

Whenever you go to vote, bring a snack and something to read, or whatever will keep you energized to wait.

Whether you have to stay in line to vote is just one question voters may have. Check out Front Page Live’s #YourVote for more quick answers, and election news. This November 3 will be one of the most important elections in US history.

From the safety of mail-in voting to what to do if you are not on the list at your polling place, Front Page Live has information to help you make sure your vote counts!

Scroll down for tools. Register to vote, check your registration, or sign up to vote by mail.

Check whether you are registered to vote:

Use this tool to make sure you are registered to vote.

Register to vote here:

Use this voter registration tool.

And remember, once you are in the line to vote, keep your place in line!

Request an absentee ballot here:

Request and absentee ballot using this tool.

Voting by mail will keep you from waiting in line to vote.

Need a reminder?

Ready to go vote? ID in your pocket? Have something to read if there is a line to vote? Make sure you don’t forget Election Day!

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