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This year, Americans like you can play a vital role in the fight to #ProtectTheVote by asking your state and local election officials if they are following the steps below!
Step 1: If your jurisdiction uses electronic voting machines, ask if local officials provide each polling site with enough emergency paper ballots for 2-3 hours of peak voting in case of machine malfunctions or failures.
Step 2: If your jurisdiction uses electronic pollbooks to check voters in, ask whether local election officials keep paper backup of electronic pollbooks in the polling place.
Step 3: Find out whether each polling location in your jurisdiction has enough provisional ballots for 2-3 hours of peak voting so voting can continue in the event that poll workers are unable to determine whether an individual is eligible and registered to vote.
Step 4: If your jurisdiction uses paper ballots at the polls, confirm that local election officials print sufficient ballots for 100% of registered voters
Step 5: If your jurisdiction uses voting equipment with paper ballots or a paper audit trail, confirm that local election officials plan to conduct a post-election manual audit of a portion of the paper records to ensure accuracy of vote totals
Step 6: Confirm that local election officials will send signage to every polling location that clearly notifies voters about equipment problems and alternative methods of voting.
Step 7: Ask if plans for machine malfunctions include measures for assisting voters with disabilities.
Step 8: Confirm that state officials keep backup digital copies of voter registration records offline on a daily basis in the weeks before the election.
Click here to download your own copy of these 8 crucial steps:
Read the full Brennan Center report here:
If you are an election official, download a copy of our Election Security Advance Planning Checklist:
Candidates, here’s how you can campaign on Election Protection:
Read more for our full collection of resources and regular updates on how you can help #ProtectTheVote this fall:

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