What to Expect at the Polls on Election Day
Inside the Polling Location
The only people allowed inside the polling location are poll workers, voters, the press and two types of individuals appointed by the political parties with permission of the town’s Registrars of Voters: “unofficial checkers” and “challengers.”
By law, challenges to a voter’s eligibility “may only be made if the challenger knows, suspects or reasonably believes such a person not to be qualified and entitled to vote.” Challenges must be made under oath, administered by the moderator.
Within 75 feet of a polling entrance
No electioneering is allowed within the 75 foot radius, which includes wearing, displaying or handing out materials with a candidate’s name or likeness. Nor are individuals allowed to loiter or approach voters within that area.
It is illegal for anyone to attempt to or actually intimidate, threaten, or coerce an individual for the purpose of interfering with that person’s right to vote. Doing so is a felony, and can be fined and/or punished by up to five years in prison.
What to do if you experience or witness voter intimidation
1. Capture the act on video/photo if possible.
2. Immediately report the incident to the moderator at the polling location.
3. If the offender does not cease the prohibited activity, the moderator, or any individual,
should inform local police if present, or call them if not.
4. If the situation is not being dealt with appropriately, report it to the election
day hotline run by the Secretary of the State’s office and the State Elections
Enforcement Commission at 1-866-733-2463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. You can also call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-687-8683 or
chat online at 866ourvote.org. Support in other languages is offered.
What type of voter ID do you need to vote?
In most cases, voters are not required to show any ID in order to cast a ballot. A photo ID is not required. However, you likely will be asked to show an ID. If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail or online without a driver’s license, you will need to show proof of residence (e.g., valid photo ID, copy of a current utility bill, bank statement with your name and address.)
If you are unable to provide ID, you will be asked to sign an affidavit and then you can vote normally.
If you're a first-time voter without ID, you may vote a provisional ballot.
What are the requirements for wearing masks inside the polls?
Executive Order 7NNN requires wearing a mask indoors and outdoors if not possible to social distance six feet from every other person. If a voter refuses (or is exempt due to medical reasons), poll workers should offer options to vote that do not put the health of other individuals at risk, including (but not limited to): offering the voter a mask; letting the voter complete their ballot outside the polling place; offering the voter the opportunity to complete their ballot in a part of the polling location away from other voters.
Should any voter become unreasonable or interfere with the process of voting, they
should be removed from the polls by the moderator, or a police officer if necessary.