2018 Election Guide: What to Know and Where to Vote Nov. 6 - NECN
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2018 Election Guide: What to Know and Where to Vote Nov. 6



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    Voters across New England are expected to cast their ballots in statewide races on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

    Below, you'll find state-by-state election day resources, including links to secretary of state offices to find polling places and report suspicious activity at polling locations.


    Polls in the Bay State will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., but early voting is already underway and ends Friday, Nov. 2. Click here for a full list of early voting locations.

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    Wondering where your polling location is or what your voter registration status is? Click here to enter your name, zip code and birthday to find out.

    Voters who arrive at a polling location but find out that they're not on the list or believe they're listed incorrectly can still cast a provisional ballot, according to the Massachusetts secretary of state's office.

    If you see something suspicious at the polls, please call 1-800-462-VOTE (8683)

    Click here for a full list of candidates running in statewide, congressional, and local races.


    Polls in the Granite State open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and voters are allowed to register at the polls if they're qualified.

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    There have been legal challenges to the state's voter identification law, and it appears the law will stay in place through this election. Click here and here for details on registering to vote and the voter ID law.

    Wondering what the status of your absentee ballot is or where your polling place is? Click here to learn these details, along with learning who your clerk is and where the town office is located. Remember: Absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6 to be counted. Click here for a full list of general election candidates and constitutional amendment questions.

    New Hampshire does not provide provisional ballots because residents are allowed to register to vote the day of an election; however, residents who register to vote the day of are asked to bring all necessary documents to prove residency.

    Voters who see suspicious activity at a polling place are asked to contact the polling place's moderator. They can also call hotlines for the state's Attorney General's Office or Secretary of State, which are 866-868-3703 and 603-271-3242 respectively.


    Depending on where you live, polls can open anywhere between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., and all of them close at 8 p.m. The last day to register to vote by mail has passed, but Maine residents can head to their town office or city hall to register to vote by Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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    Click here to look up your voting place, the candidates on your ballot and how to contact your elected officials.

    Wondering if you're already registered to vote? Click here to find a list of municipal clerks and registrars.

    The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Thursday, Nov. 1. Click here to request one, along with details on absentee voting.

    Maine does allow a resident to cast a so-called "challenge ballot," which is counted the night of the election when a resident wants to register to vote but doesn't have the necessary ID to show residency. Someone from the Secretary of State's election division will follow up with the resident who casts a challenge ballot, which the election division says is rare.

    Any concerns at a voting place should be brought up to the warden on site. The Maine Secretary of State's election division would also like residents to bring their concerns to them by calling them at 207-624-7650.


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    Voters in Vermont can head to the polls as early as 5 a.m. in some places, but all polls close by 7 p.m., and the state has provided a downloadable list of Vermont's general election polling places.

    Vermont residents can register to vote leading up to and including the day of the general election on Nov. 6 either online or by visiting their town or city clerk's office. Only first-time voters who registered by mail have to bring an ID to cast a ballot.

    Planning to vote by absentee ballot? Click here to request and track the status of an absentee ballot; however, all absentee ballot requests must be made by 5 p.m. or the close of the town clerk's office on the day before the election, which in this instance is Nov. 5, according to the Vermont Secretary of State's election division.

    Election officials say that using a provisional ballot in Vermont is rare, but are allowed if a voter signs an affidavit swearing they have submitted an application prior to the deadline.

    Voters who notice something strange are asked to report suspicious activity to the polling place's presiding officer, which in most cases will be the town clerk.


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    Polls in Connecticut open at 6 a.m. on Nov. 6, and will close by 8 p.m. Although the deadline to register to vote by mail and online has passed, Connecticut residents can still register by heading to their local town hall's Registrar of Voters to fill out an application by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, or head to their designated election day registration place to register to vote on Election Day. Note: An election day registration place is different from a polling place.

    Click here to download a registration that can be printed out, and click here to find the address to your Registrar of Voters office.

    Voters who need an absentee ballot can request an emergency ballot within six days of the election.

    Residents who would like to check their registration status and find their polling place can check the Connecticut Secretary of State's voter registration lookup portal online

    Although poll workers will ask for an ID at a polling location, residents who don't have ID on them can sign an affidavit. Click here for more information on identification requirements in Connecticut.

    A hotline is available for Connecticut voters to report suspicious activity at polling places to the state's election enforcement committee: 1-866-733-2463.

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    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019)


    Unfortunately for Rhode Island residents, the deadline to register to vote has passed. However, residents can still view and update their voter record and find their polling place. Most polling places will open at 7 a.m., and all will close by 8 p.m.

    Poll workers will ask Rhode Island voters to present an ID; however, voters can still cast a provisional ballot without an acceptable photo ID.

    If a Rhode Island resident can't make it to the polls, they can apply for an emergency ballot at his or her local board of canvassers until 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. The emergency ballot must received by the state board of elections by 8 p.m. on Nov. 6.

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