Notes from the Field

A Latinas Represent Guide to Making a Voting Plan

In today’s political climate, it’s more crucial than ever for Latinas to have their voices heard at the ballot box. Latinas Represent aims to empower and encourage Latina participation in the electoral process. One of the most effective ways to ensure your vote counts is by making a comprehensive voting plan. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the voting process with confidence and ensure your voice is heard.

Step 1: Check Your Voter Registration Status

The first step in your voting plan is to ensure that you’re registered to vote. Your voter registration status determines whether you’re eligible to cast a ballot in upcoming elections. Some states allow you to register in person on Election Day, while others require that you register in advance. Visit your state’s official voter registration website or use trusted resources like to verify your registration status. If you need to register, take the necessary steps to register in your state.

Step 2: Confirm Your Polling Place

Once you’ve confirmed your voter registration status, the next step is to locate your polling place. Different counties and districts have designated polling locations where registered voters can cast their ballots. Your voting location may have changed since the last election, so make sure to double-check befor you hit the road. Use online tools provided by your state’s election office or apps like Google Maps to find your polling place. Make a note of the location and its hours of operation to plan your voting day accordingly.

Step 3: See What’s on the Ballot

Before heading to the polls, take the time to familiarize yourself with the candidates and issues on the ballot. Research the candidates running for office at the local, state, and national levels, and educate yourself on their platforms and policies. Additionally, review any ballot measures or propositions that will be up for vote. You can review sample ballots to help you feel more prepared. Visit to view your ballot. Understanding what’s at stake will empower you to make informed decisions when you cast your ballot.

Step 4: Bring Your ID

In many states, voters are required to present identification at the polls. Make sure to bring a valid form of ID with you when you go to vote. Accepted forms of ID vary by state but commonly include a driver’s license, passport, or state-issued ID card. Check your state’s voter ID requirements beforehand to ensure you have the necessary documentation. You can call or text VoteRiders’ free helpline: 866-ID-2-VOTE to learn what type of ID is required in your state.

Step 5: Be Prepared for Voting Issues

While we hope the voting process goes smoothly, it’s essential to be prepared for any potential issues. If you encounter any difficulties while voting, such as long lines, malfunctioning equipment, or challenges with your voter registration, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from poll workers. 

Familiarize yourself with your rights as a voter, including the option to request a provisional ballot if necessary. Below are some important reminders:

  • If the polls close while you are in line, stay in line — you still have a right to vote.
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
  • If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.
  • If you run into any other issues or have questions on Election Day you can call the Election Protection Hotline at:
    • English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683
    • Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
    • Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287
    • For Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683

Latinas Represent encourages Latinas across the country to exercise their right to vote and make their voices heard in the democratic process. By following these steps and making a comprehensive voting plan, you can ensure that your vote counts and contribute to shaping the future of your community and country. Remember, your vote is your voice—use it to advocate for the issues and candidates that matter most to you. Together, we can make a difference and create positive change for generations to come.