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 Tompkins County Democrats can provide a ride if you call 607-266-7579 or 607-227-6771. 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.) Tompkins County Republicans don’t have anyone offering rides this year.

Be careful where you park! Watch for no-parking signs, even temporary ones, or your car might get ticketed or towed. Not sure how long you’ll be away from your car? Pay to park at one of Ithaca’s paystations or using the ParkMobile app, and you can get a reminder when your time is expiring.

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?

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.


Polls are open from 6am to 9pm on election day, so you should have a chance to vote either before or after work, if not during the workday.

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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