PALCUS urges you to vote on Tuesday, November 6th.
As part of its mission to foster civic engagement among the Portuguese American communities of the United States, PALCUS would like to remind you of the importance of voting in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 6th.
The right to vote is one of the most cherished rights of a free democracy. The Portuguese American communities of the United States have historically demonstrated voting participation equal to or greater than the general population thanks to the help of the Portuguese American Citizenship Project (http://www.portugueseamerican.org/organize.html).
Your voice and the voice of Portuguese Americans across the nation will be heard on November 6th in the election of not only the next President of the United States but also in congressional, state and local seats as well as in local referendum questions.
In order to make sure that you are able to exercise your right to vote, PALCUS would like to bring two changes to your attention:
1) Polling Place:
Your usual polling place where you have previously cast your ballot may have changed! Because of redistricting due to the 2010 census, many polling places have been reassigned. You may have already received a card in the mail informing you of your polling place for this election. If you have any questions, please contact the local board of canvassers at your town or city hall to verify your correct polling place.
2) Voter ID:
Many states have now enacted laws that require identification of the voter at the polling place. The requirement for identification and types of acceptable identification vary from state to state. Some states allow non-photo ID's while others have stricter requirements.
States that require photo ID in effect in 2012:
- Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee
States that require NON-PHOTO ID in effect in 2012:
- Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington
For further clarification and details, please consult the office of the Secretary of State of the state where you are registered to vote.
Please VOTE on Tuesday, November 6th!