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    Just sent this out company-wide:

    Anita here, staff writer for HOT 97 and HOT97.com. Just checking in with you all the eve before one of the most historic elections of our generation. I wanted to make sure you were all informed before hitting the polls tomorrow. For some of us (including myself), this may be our first time voting, while others may not have voted for some time. Whatever your case may be, please read through the following tips and make sure that your voice gets heard tomorrow! Don’t forget to pass this on to family and friends.

    For more information check out Hip Hop Votes 2008 exclusively on HOT97.com

    Voting 411

    • DO NOT wear campaign paraphernalia to the polls. That includes tee-shirts, pins, jackets, accessories etc. or any thing that denotes your presidential choice. This is considered “campaigning” and is not allowed at poll sites.

    • To verify your voter registration status please visit, www.CanIVote.org and www.Vote411.org to save yourself time and frustration. If you discover any discrepancies call your election board. New York: (800) 458-3453, New Jersey: (877) NJ-VOTER. Further information can be found on the aforementioned websites.

    • If you’re wrongfully turned away from the polls or denied the right to register to vote, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA), a hotline run the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law. (Courtesy of Rockthevote.com)
    • Do Not be afraid to ask questions. If you are disabled, hearing or sight impaired or need any type of assistance, please see a poll employee.
    • Poll Site Locator

    Polls are open in New York from 6am- 9pm and New Jersey from 6am- 8pm. If your already in line by the time of closing, you will be allowed to vote.

    • Identification Requirements

    Whether your state requires it or not, bring a FORM OF IDENTIFICATION just in case. Otherwise, you will be required to vote by provisional ballot. Provisional votes are not counted at the same time as regular ones…think Al Gore vs. George Bush in 2000!

    Expectable forms of identification include:

    Identification may include, but not limited to,

    Any Current and Valid Photo ID:

    Driver’s license

    Student or job ID

    Military or other government ID

    Store membership ID

    United States passport

    OR

    Bank statement

    Car registration

    Government check or document

    Non-photo driver’s license

    Rent receipt

    Sample ballot

    Utility bill

    or any other official document

    Identification Requirements for New York: Your identity must be verified prior to Election Day, so that you won’t have to provide identification when you vote. As requested in Box #9 on the New York State voter registration form, your identity can be verified through your driver’s license number, non-driver ID number, or the last four digits of your social security number. If your identity is not verified before Election Day, you will be asked to provide an ID when you go to vote. Acceptable IDs include: a valid photo ID, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or some other government document that shows your name and address. If you still do not have identification, you will be asked to vote by affidavit ballot (paper ballot), instead of on the machine. Your identity will then be checked and your vote will be counted if you are found to be properly registered. (Courtesy of Nyc.gov)

    • Time Off to Vote for Employees.

    New York – An employee is allowed “sufficient time” to vote if polls aren’t open four consecutive hours outside the employee’s regular shift. The employee must notify the employer of the need for time off at least two but not more than ten working days prior to the election and the employer may specify whether the employee takes time off at the beginning or end of the shift. Employers must post a conspicuous notice of employee rights at least ten days before election day. If an employee has four consecutive hours either before the opening of the polls and the beginning of a working shift, or between the end of a working shift and the closing of the polls, the employee isn’t entitled to any paid time. If there aren’t four consecutive hours before or after the regular working shift, the employee is entitled to up to two hours paid time off at the beginning or end of the shift. (N.Y. Election Law Sections 3-110 and 17-118) (Courtesy of http://employmentlawpost.com/theword/2008/10/15/time-off-to-vote-for-employees-a-state-by-state-survey-2/)

    If there is any missing information, please pass it along to everyone you know.

    Good luck tomorrow,

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