Tuesday marks the midterm elections in the United States. But before you can cast your ballot and help decide the balance of power in the US Congress and state houses across the country, you need to know: Where do I vote?
The answer is based on your address. When Americans register to vote, they must provide a home address, which determines whom they're eligible to vote for (representatives in Congress, county seats, and local offices) and where to show up each first Tuesday in November.
If you've forgotten your assigned voting place – or if it changed this year – there are several ways to help point you in the right direction.
Your first stop should be the Voting Information Project, an online resource designed to help answer questions such as "What's on my ballot this year?" "How do I navigate the voting process?" and "Where do I vote?" VIP is a partnership between the Pew Charitable Trusts, Google, and the states. Enter your address and VIP's website will provided the location of your local voting place, complete with a map and listed hours.
You can also type "Where do I vote" into Google.com. Its search engine will pull up a location tool powered by VIP. Once again, enter the address where you're registered to vote, and it will identify your polling place.
Each state offers its own local listing, as well. Just do an online search for your state's election board or secretary of state website.
And, if any issues arise at your assigned voting station, call one of these election hotlines for assistance:
- 1-866-OUR-VOTE for English.
- 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA for Spanish
- 1-888-API-VOTE for Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Thai, and Vietnamese.