Here’s what to do if you’re turned away at the polls

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Here’s something scary: Even if you have the legal right to vote and have done everything to prepare yourself for Election Day, you could still be turned away at the polls.

In recent years, almost two dozen US states have implemented laws that impose new restrictions on voting, which critics say disproportionally affect minority voters.

So, what if you are told your registration didn’t go through, or you don’t have the required documents? Even if your registration is pending or your voter application has been wrongly purged, you are still allowed to vote.

Or, if you did forget your ID at home or have been removed from the registration system, you can cast a provisional ballot — a right all voters are entitled to by federal law.

Here’s a handy tip sheet on steps to take if you’re turned away from the polls:

Read more on what to do if you’re told you can’t vote here.

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