BACKGROUND: The “Know Your Voting Rights” campaign is an effort to ensure every eligible person in South Dakota can vote and that every vote counts. In addition to hosting a free Know Your Voting Rights presentation, the ACLU of South Dakota has developed a Know Your Voting Rights toolkit on their website (www.aclusd.org) to help individuals understand their rights, as well as feel empowered to educate their fellow community members about voting.
“We want to make sure that voters in South Dakota have all the facts,” says Heather Smith, Executive Director of the ACLU of South Dakota. “We are here to help voters understand the laws and to prepare so they can make it to the polls and make sure their vote counts.”
The toolkit includes a downloadable Know Your Voting Rights brochure that breaks down all the basic voter information, including how to vote early and what kinds of voter ID are acceptable. The brochure is available as a PDF or it can be ordered by contacting the ACLU at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When it comes to protecting your vote, Smith emphasizes the importance of being prepared in advance and helping to prepare others. “All voters should get ready to vote now by checking their registration status, locating their polling place, and making sure they have the proper identification,” says Smith. “Our goal is to empower voters so that they can make their voices heard on Election Day.”