Your Guide to Election Day Survival: Long Lines and Confusing Ballots

If you are preparing to vote today, you must be ready. Know what’s on your newsletter, bring something to read (or maybe a power bank) and be prepared for long lines. Here is a video tutorial to help you figure it out.

Try to go outside after hours: late in the morning, but not at lunchtime, or in the afternoon, but not late at night, when everyone is returning from work.

First of all, make sure you know where your polling station is . Bring the required forms of identification for your state and be prepared to wait in line. Bring a power bank to keep your phone charged while you wait and if you don’t know what’s on the ballot besides the main presidential candidates, now is a good time to do your homework so you don’t get lost in the voting booth.

Also, bring a snack and some water to drink, especially if you are expecting a long line at the polling station. Oh, and avoid taking too many photos , or those notorious “ballot selfies” that are illegal in many states can get you more troublesome and just plain obscene everywhere. You probably want to just keep your phone in your pocket when it’s your turn to actually vote, unless you’re using it to view the sample ballot you filled out earlier.

Of course, if your voting machine misbehaves or is intimidated by the so-called “poll watcher”, pull that smartphone out again, take some pictures and report them to the appropriate authorities .

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