Election Season is Here

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With the 2010 General Election less than a month away, you may be interested in obtaining voter and election information, such as voter registration deadlines and polling times. Since each state sets its own election laws, polling times and voter registration requirements vary from state to state. In some states you must register by a certain number of days before the election; while others allow same day voter registration. North Dakota is the only state that does not have voter registration, however, you are required to bring identification to the polling place and you must be a resident in the precinct for 30 days prior to the election. There are also certain rules for military and oversees voters. Sometimes you don’t even have to leave your house in order to vote, as in Oregon as well as some counties in Washington, where elections are conducted by mail.

In addition to voting requirements and registration information, you may also want to find information about the candidates, ballot measures, or how to contact your elected officials. Most states provide this information online, as well as polling locations, polling times and election results. In addition, many states will also provide online access to voter records. For example, in Rhode Island you can check your voter registration status, find out who your elected officials are, view sample ballots, find your polling location, and locate your local board of canvassers through their online database. Your name, date of birth and zip code are required to view your personal voter registration record. There is also a general search option by entering just a street address. Additionally, some states also allow you check your provisional and absentee ballot status, campaign finance records, lobbying disclosures, and voter history.

A great place to help you navigate through all of the various voting and election information is The Free Public Records Directory. Visit their Voter Records and Elections Information Resources page to access voter records and election information by state, county, and city or town.

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