State Election Secretary Paul Ziriax offers tips, reminders for Nov. 8 General Election

Team Radio Marketing Group - November 7, 2016 4:59 pm


Polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Lines at the polls are likely and will be longest before work, during the lunch hour and after work. Voters can save time by voting during “off-peak” hours – usually from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30  to 4 p.m. If it is difficult for you to stand for long periods, consider bringing a portable chair.


Before going to vote, confirm your polling location. Look at your voter ID card, use the election board’s Online Voter Tool at or call your county election board. Look at your sample ballot using the Online Voter Tool. The law allows you to bring notes or a marked sample ballot with you to the polls as long as you do not show them to anyone else in the polling location. Bringing notes will help you cast your ballot faster and keep lines and wait times down.


Electioneering within 300 feet of a ballot box is a misdemeanor. Electioneering includes the wearing of campaign buttons, T shirts or other paraphernalia and advocating for candidates, parties or ballot issues either orally or with written materials. The only people allowed at a polling place are voters and election officials.

It is a misdemeanor for unauthorized people to be within 50 feet of a ballot box. Influencing a voter by means of force or intimidation, interfering with a voter and interfering with the conduct of an election are misdemeanors. Voting twice or voting when you are not eligible is a felony. Removing a ballot from a polling place is a felony. Offering something of value to influence a voter is a felony. Call your county election board to report any violations of election law.


There are three ways for voters to prove their identity under state law (only one proof of identity is required):

  1. Show a valid photo ID issued by the federal, state, or tribal government; or
  2. Show the free voter ID card issued to every voter by their County Election Board; or
  3. Sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot. (If the information on the affidavit matches official voter registration records, the ballot will be counted after Election Day.)

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