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Voting that does not happen in person on Election Day but instead occurs another way (generally by mail). All states allow for some form of absentee/mail-in balloting. Some states require voters to provide a valid excuse to vote absentee/by mail, while others allow any eligible voter to cast an absentee/mail-in ballot.
Requirements and rules for registering to vote that may include requirements related to age, criminal history or status, time before or after an election, valid forms of identification and more. Do not make the assumption that the rules have not changed since the last time that you may have voted!
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A strategy used to influence an election by discouraging or preventing specific groups of people from voting. Unlike political campaigning which attempts to change likely voting behavior by changing opinions of potential voters, activating inactive voters, or registering new supporters, voter suppression attempts to reduce the number of voters who might vote against a candidate or proposition.
To intimidate, threaten, [or] coerce … any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of [that] other person to vote or to vote as they may choose.
A healthy voter has, as required by the State where they vote; a valid, current form of State identification, a valid ballot, and casts a vote pursuant to the state deadlines.
The legal or erroneous removal of citizens from voter rolls to ensure that voter rolls are dependable, accurate, and up-to-date. Precise and carefully conducted purges can remove duplicate names and people who have moved, died, or are otherwise ineligible.
The intentional or coordinated act of violating election or voting laws
When a party or organization sends mail to registered voters that are likely against their candidate. Returned "undeliverable" mail is placed on a "caging list." The group that sent the mail then challenges the right to vote of those on the list, claiming that if the voters were unreachable at the registered address, then the registration is fraudulent and they cannot vote.
Free software designed to improve the quality of life by helping its users document a) infringements on protected citizen and/or human rights and b) unmet governmental requirements for the equitable treatment of people/planet/property.
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As determined by individual States where a voter resides, there may be laws that require voters to present some form of identification at the polls. Always check your state’s rules to determine what is required for you.
A building where voting takes place during an election, typically one that normally has another function, such as a school.
The term gerrymandering refers to the practice of drawing electoral district lines to favor one political party, individual, or constituency over another.
Source: Encyclopædia Britannica
An election that is conducted solely through the use of mail-in-only ballots.
A drop box is a secure, locked structure operated by election officials where voters may deliver their ballots from the time they receive them in the mail up to the time polls close on Election Day.
Source: U.S. Election Assistance Commission
A list of persons who are eligible to vote in a particular electoral district and who are registered to vote, if required in a particular jurisdiction.