Posted by Heba Mohammad on March 03, 2020 at 6:00 AM

March 3, 2020 is Super Tuesday, and 14 U.S. states & territories are casting ballots today. Of those states, four of them---California, Massachusetts, Texas, and Virginia---have large populations of Arab Americans that are expected to #YallaVote at the polls. With high voter turnout expected, the #YallaVote Voter Protection Hotline is at the ready to support voters who have any questions or run into issues at the polls. Call the #YallaVote Hotline at 844-YALLA-US (925-5287), and learn more about today's elections in California, Massachusetts, Texas, and Virginia.

CALIFORNIA:

Polling hours: 7:00am - 8:00pm PT

Use the California My Voter Status Tool to check your voter registration status and find your polling location.

According to California law, in most scenarios, voters are not required to provide proof of identity upon arrival at their polling location. However, it is a good idea to bring identification with you when you vote for the first time. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Driver's license or identification card of any state;
  • U.S. Passport;
  • Employee identification card;
  • Identification card provided by a commercial establishment;
  • Credit or debit card;
  • Military identification card;
  • Student identification card;
  • Health club identification card;
  • Insurance plan identification card; or
  • Public housing identification card.

You can find more information on voter identification here.

REMINDERS: California offers same-day voter registration, known as Conditional Voter Registration in state law, as a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information for an election. 

Additionally, voters in California may only participate in one party's primary when casting their ballot---the party they're registered with. Learn more about voting in the primary and options to change your party affiliation here.

For more information: visit the California Secretary of State's website or contact your county's election office.

MASSACHUSETTS:

Polling hours: 7:00am - 8:00pm ET

Use the Massachusetts' Secretary of the Commonwealth's website to check your voter registration status and find your polling location.

According to Massachusetts law, you may be required to present identification if:

  • You are a first-time voter in Massachusetts;
  • You are on an inactive voter list;
  • You are casting a provisional or challenged ballot;
  • The poll worker has a reasonable suspicion that leads them to request identification.

Other than these instances, you do not need to present identification; however it is best to show up prepared with a form of identification when you go to vote. Learn more about voter ID requirements here.

Acceptable forms of ID must include your name and the address at which you are registered to vote. This includes:

  • Massachusetts driver's license;
  • State-issued ID card;
  • Recent utility bill;
  • Recent rent receipt;
  • Lease;
  • A copy of a voter registration affidavit;
  • Any other printed identification which contains the voter's name and address.

REMINDER: Voters in Massachusetts may only participate in one party's primary when casting their ballot---the party they're enrolled with. Candidates for the Democrat, Republican, Green-Rainbow, & Libertarian parties will appear on this primary's ballots. Voters enrolled with a party other than these four, or unenrolled (Independent) voters, can select any one of the four parties' ballots on election day without changing their party designation. Learn more about party designations here.

Finally, on January 1, 2020, Massachusetts implemented Automatic Voter Registration. If you are a Massachusetts citizen conducting certain transactions through the Registry of Motor Vehicles, MassHealth, and the Commonwealth Health Connector and you do not opt out of registering to vote, you will automatically become registered to vote. Learn more about the process here.

For more information: visit the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth's website or contact your county clerk's office, or give us a call at 1-844-YALLA-US (925-5287).

TEXAS:

Polling hours: 7:00am - 7:00pm CT

Use the Texas Secretary of State's Voter Look Up Tool to check your voter registration status and find your polling location.

According to Texas law, you are required to present photo identification in order to cast a ballot. Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)

Voters who do not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo ID and cannot reasonably obtain one have the option to provide a form of supporting ID and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at the polls stating why acceptable ID could not be obtained. Acceptable forms of supporting ID include, but are not limited to:

  • Copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;
  • Copy of or original current utility bill;
  • Copy of or original bank statement;
  • Copy of or original government check;
  • Copy of or original paycheck.

Learn more about Texas' voter identification requirements on the Vote Texas website.

REMINDER: even though Texas does not have party registration, voters may only participate in one party's primary when casting their ballot.

For more information: visit the Texas Secretary of State's website, call the Texas Voter Support Hotline at (800) 252-VOTE (8683), or contact your county's election administrator.

VIRGINIA:

Polling hours: 6:00am - 7:00pm ET

Use the Virginia Department of Election's website to check your voter registration status and to find your polling location.

According to Virginia law, you are required to present photo identification in order to cast a ballot. You only need to show ONE acceptable photo ID to vote. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Virginia driver’s license;
  • Virginia DMV-issued photo ID;
  • United States passport;
  • Employer-issued photo ID;
  • Student photo ID issued by a school, college, or university located in Virginia;
  • Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID;
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID; and
  • Virginia Voter Photo ID card.

Learn more about Virginia's photo identification requirements here.

If you do not have an acceptable photo ID, you must visit your nearest voter registration office to get a free Virginia Voter Photo ID. This option is available TODAY, on Election Day, as well!

REMINDER: The only presidential primary today is for the Democratic Party. The Republican Party chose not to hold a traditional primary. Voters are not required to register with a party in Virginia, so all registered voter may choose to participate in the Democratic Party's Primary. Learn more here.

For more information: visit the Virginia Department of Election's website or contact your local registrar's office.