Polling place changes: Here’s how to find out where to cast your ballot

How to find out where to cast your ballot

Casting a ballot in the 2020 election could be challenging, depending on when, where and how you plan to vote.

Record early in-person voting has produced long lines and long waits to cast ballots.

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Amid the heavy turnout, many voters are finding that the polling places they are used to voting at have been closed or consolidated with another, larger venue.

Election officials say they cannot accommodate social distancing restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and are having a difficult time getting poll workers to agree to volunteer to spend a day in close contact with thousands of voters.

According to Richard Barron, elections supervisor in Fulton County, Georgia, up to a third of Fulton County voters will be voting in a different polling place this year.

According to Barron, the reason polling places were changed was to cut down on the number of voters assigned to each polling place.

County elections officials are encouraging voters to check beforehand to make sure they’re going to the right place.

“Our goal was to get 5,000 or less in as many precincts as possible, we almost achieved getting that to a 100% level,” Barron told WABE.

Nearly 21,000 polling places have closed nationwide since the 2016 presidential election, representing a 20% cut in polling places on average nationwide, according to a story from VICE News. The story showed that the deepest cuts in polling places were made in California, Maryland, Kentucky, New Jersey, Nevada and North Dakota.

An increase in mail-in voting, the COVID-19 pandemic and cost-cutting measures were cited as reasons for many of the closures. However, some interviewed for the VICE article say that there is a more sinister reason for the closings – voter suppression.

“Closing this many polling places at such a vast scale really does affect voters. Fewer polling places can lead to longer lines, longer wait times, and hurt people, particularly people who are disabled or don’t drive and rely on public transportation,” Leigh Chapman, the voting rights program director at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, told VICE.

Republicans have vowed to keep watch at the polls, enlisting up to 50,000 poll watchers to monitor polling places for any Election Day problems, including voter suppression, they say.

Some Democrats claim that the watchers would represent polling place intimidation. Republicans say they are simply observing the process.

Republican National Committee chief counsel Justin Riemer told NPR that poll watchers are looking for any voting irregularities.

“The Democrats would say that we are there to suppress the vote. That is absolutely not the case. I can assure you that that is not why we have volunteers and attorneys participating in this process,” Reimer said.

Both sides suggest that before you head out to cast your ballot that you double-check where you are assigned to vote.

Below you can click on the link to your state, enter some information, and find out where your polling place is located.

  1. Alabama polling place locator
  2. Alaska polling place locator
  3. Arizona polling place locator
  4. Arkansas polling place locator
  5. California polling place locator
  6. Colorado polling place locator
  7. Connecticut polling place locator
  8. Delaware polling place locator
  9. District of Columbia polling place locator
  10. Florida polling place locator
  11. Georgia polling place locator
  12. Hawaii polling place locator
  13. Idaho polling place locator
  14. Illinois polling place locator
  15. Indiana polling place locator
  16. Iowa polling place locator
  17. Kansas polling place locator
  18. Kentucky polling place locator
  19. Louisiana polling place locator
  20. Maine polling place locator
  21. Maryland polling place locator
  22. Massachusetts polling place locator
  23. Michigan polling place locator
  24. Minnesota polling place locator
  25. Mississippi polling place locator
  26. Missouri polling place locator
  27. Montana polling place locator
  28. Nebraska polling place locator
  29. Nevada polling place locator
  30. New Hampshire polling place locator
  31. New Jersey polling place locator
  32. New Mexico polling place locator
  33. New York polling place locator
  34. North Carolina polling place locator
  35. North Dakota polling place locator
  36. Ohio polling place locator
  37. Oklahoma polling place locator
  38. Oregon polling place locator
  39. Pennsylvania polling place locator
  40. Rhode Island polling place locator
  41. South Carolina polling place locator
  42. South Dakota polling place locator
  43. Tennessee polling place locator
  44. Texas polling place locator
  45. Utah polling place locator
  46. Vermont polling place locator
  47. Virginia polling place locator
  48. Washington polling place locator
  49. West Virginia polling place locator
  50. Wisconsin polling place locator
  51. Wyoming polling place locator