The first is to make sure you are registered to vote and you know where to go. You can check the status of your voter registration and location of your polling place by contacting your county election office or HERE. If you voted early by mail, or have to complete a provisional ballot on Election Day, you can go to that same website to track the status of your ballot.
If you moved within your county since the last election, but have not updated your voter registration, you can still vote. You will need to go to your new precinct, in order to obtain a provisional ballot. To identify the polling place for your current address, go HERE.
Do some research before you vote about the candidates and issues on the ballot. Sample ballots are posted on county websites, which you can mark and take with you to the polling place.
The secretary of state requests that you turn off your smart phones and other electronic devices, so they do not distract poll workers or other voters. Ballot selfies are allowed in polling places, but photos should only be taken of your own ballot and not someone else’s.
Campaign items such as buttons, stickers and T-shirts are not allowed in a polling place, because it is illegal to campaign within 200 feet of a polling site. Campaign signs can be installed on private property within 200 feet of a polling site, as long as that the property does not include where the polling place is located.
If you recently registered to vote by mail and did not include identification with your application, you may be asked to provide identification at your polling place. Be sure that it includes your current residence information. Identification at the polling place is not required of other voters.
Up until May 14, you can vote early, in person at your county election office. Early ballots sent by mail must be received at the county election office by the close of polls on Election Day. If you have a completed early voting ballot, be sure to turn it in at the county election office prior to the close of polls. In some counties, drop boxes are available as well. Early voting ballots cannot be accepted at a polling site on Election Day.
If you lose a ballot, spoil it, or have not received your early ballot by Election Day, you can still vote with a provisional ballot at your polling place. That ballot will be counted once it is confirmed that no other ballots have been cast for you.
You can request special assistance at your polling site by letting a poll worker know. Curbside help is available for those who have difficulty walking or utilize assistive devices. Ballot marking devices are available for use with specially designed ballot machines. Those features can also help those with hearing or vision difficulties. Be sure to let a poll worker know what accommodations you might need.
Polls will be open on May 15 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Central Time (CDT) and 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mountain Time (MDT).
Unofficial election results for statewide races will be posted starting at 8 p.m. CDT (7 p.m. MDT) on the main page of the secretary of state’s website.