For nearly two years, the pollsters and pundits have had their say. But tomorrow is the day we’ve been waiting for. A record turnout of voters -- history makers -- is expected on Election Day.
When the votes are counted, history will have been made. We will have the first African American president, Barack Obama, or the first female vice president, Sarah Palin.
To ensure that your vote is counted, know your rights before you head out the door:
- Verify your polling location.
- Play it safe and bring a government-issued photo ID such as a driver's license, non-driver photo ID (hey, I’m a New Yorker) or passport.
- Don't "flaunt your vote." Leave your Obama or McCain t-shirt, buttons, cap, etc., at home.
- If your name is not on the voter registration list, ask for a provisional ballot.
Sure, in most states you can wear campaign clothing to the polls. While my colleague Eugene Kane got the memo, his local police department considered a "Blue State '08" t-shirt electioneering and detained a Wisconsin state senator.
That said, don't let long lines discourage you. Your vote is your voice. Don't leave the polling place without voting.
If you encounter a problem, call 1-866-MYVOTE1.