Tuesday, November 6, 2012, is Election Day. For your convenience, the Federal Election Commission has compiled the following frequently asked Election Day questions with links to the relevant sources of information. Please bear in mind that, while the FEC administers the federal campaign finance laws, it has no jurisdiction over the laws relating to voting, voter fraud and intimidation or election results. Inquiries concerning these topics should be directed to the federal and state agencies identified below.
Where Do I Vote?
Contact your local county or city board of elections (in the blue/government pages of your local phone book). The National Association of Secretaries of State offers canivote.org, a web site designed to assist voters with questions about polling locations and voter registration and link them to their local election office's web site. Also, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission offers these voting tips for 2012, as well as a list of social media sites for state and local election offices.
How Late are the Polls Open?
Every state sets its own times for opening and closing the polls. To determine the hours polls will be open in your state, consult this map prepared by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
Which Candidates Are on the Ballot
in My State?
Ballot access is controlled by each state according to state law, even for federal elections. Contact your state's main election office for the official ballot listing in your jurisdiction.
Who Won the Election?
For election results, contact your state's main election office.
Where do I Report Suspected Election Fraud?
The first step individuals should take to report voter fraud or voter registration fraud is to contact their state's main election office.
Federal authorities may become involved in election fraud matters when a state prosecutor asks for federal assistance. In cases where intimidation, coercion or threats are made, or attempts to intimidate, threaten or coerce are made to any person for voting or attempting to vote, federal civil voting rights claims may be brought by the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice (DOJ).
If you have information about voter fraud and/or voter registration fraud, you may also contact the nearest office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), local U.S. Attorney's office or the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division within the DOJ
Where Do I Report Suspected Voter Intimidation?
Laws on voter intimidation are administered by the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, which can be contacted at 800/253-3931.
How does the Electoral College Work?
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the federal agency responsible for counting and certifying the electoral college vote for President to Congress. Click here to access the Electoral College Home Page.