Election Day Assistance

Election Day can be less intimidating if you know what to expect. Here you will find information about the where, when, and how of Election Day.

Local and state Election Day’s may vary. For a list of upcoming state Election Days in your state go here.

The General Election for Federal public office such as the President is set as “the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November” or “the first Tuesday after November 1”. 

Typically voting hours are between 7AM and 8PM on Election Day but this may slightly vary per state. We encourage you to look up voter information on your state’s Secretary of State’s website. As long as you are standing in line by the “closing” time, you must be allowed to vote and cannot be turned away.

Once you register to vote you should receive voter information by mail from your local county elections board or state. This notification should have all of your voting information including your voting precinct and polling place.

If you have misplaced this notification you can use this tool to find your polling place by submitting your address.


Sometimes sample ballots are mailed to voters and other times they are not.  This depends on your state. I can be helpful to preview what your voting ballot will look like prior to entering the voting booth. This will help you to get an idea of all of the local, state and federal races along with the options of candidates running, and any ballot initiatives you may be voting for. A ballot initiative is a form of direct democracy that gives citizens like yourself the power to place measures otherwise considered by state legislatures on the local ballots for a public vote. You can take some time to consider if any of the ballot initiatives could impact the recovery community. This helpful resource has a ‘Find what is on your ballot’ tool that can be utilized closer to Election Day.

“Inadequate Transportation” is the third most cited reason for people not showing up on Election Day. It was estimated that 15 million voters stayed home due to transportation barriers in a recent election. Many people in the recovery community experience transportation barriers. Here are some free or low cost options to consider to get out and Vote Recovery on Election Day. 


  1. Vote with others in recovery. You may already know someone in your recovery network that is planning to vote on Election Day. Ask them for a ride and share about Vote Recovery.
  2. Lyft and Uber both offer discounted or free rides on Election Day. It is worth exploring their websites and apps closer to Election Day for more information. 
  3. We found this ride sharing app to consider. 

Over 35 million Americans are disabled but eligible to vote. If you, or someone you know, needs assistance to vote because they are a person living with a disability take a moment to explore this resource or contact the U.S. Election Assistance Commission by phone at 866-747-1471 or email at [email protected]

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