Trouble at the polls? Need a ride? Here’s what to do.

You’re ready to vote tomorrow. Maybe it’s your first election! What if something goes wrong? What if you’re not sure how to get there?

If getting a ride to your polling place is the only thing stopping you from voting, local campaign organizers can help. The local Clinton campaign folks say you can call Irene at 607-266-7579 for a ride, and the local Sanders campaign folks say you can call Kris at 607-339-6834 for a ride. It shouldn’t matter who you’re planning to vote for. If you need a ride, just ask. (These are personal phones, so please be considerate. Don’t call too late at night or too early in the morning.)

Be careful where you park! If your polling place is in the City of Ithaca, their annual spring street cleaning has several streets closed to parking, including right near the polling place at GIAC. Watch for no-parking signs, even temporary ones, or your car might get ticketed or towed.

Ready to vote? 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.

Ready to vote? 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.

What if you get to the polling place and they tell you you’re not eligible to vote? If they say you’re in the wrong polling place, or you’re not registered, or you’re not registered in the Democratic or Republican party?

If they say you’re in the wrong polling place, check this link to confirm. Maybe they’re right! If you’re sure you’re in the right place, and they won’t let you vote, ask for an affidavit ballot and vote that way.

We’ve heard some New Yorkers who are sure they’re registered as Democrats or Republicans are finding at the last minute that they’re listed as independent voters. It’s too late to change your registration, but if you’re positive you’re eligible to vote, and they won’t let you, again, ask for an affidavit ballot and vote that way.

Maybe in the future, we’ll have an open primary in New York and you won’t have to worry how you’re registered, but not this year.

Polls are open from 12 noon to 9pm, so if you have a day job, no voting before work. Long line? As long as you’re in line before the polls close at 9pm, you’re not supposed to be turned away, and you should be allowed to vote. Don’t leave. Vote.

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