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ATTENTION COBB COUNTY, GEORGIA, VOTERS! YOU CAN STILL VOTE BY MAIL OR IN PERSON IN THE TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2022, RUNOFF ELECTION. FIND INSTRUCTIONS HERE. FIND YOUR FEDERAL WRITE-IN BALLOT HERE.

Equity and equality start at the ballot box.

The U.S. has a long history of voter suppression of Black and Brown people. Voting is the best way for people to defend their rights, advocate for themselves and make their voices heard. With “Our Future, Our Vote” initiative, the Southern Poverty Law Center is committed to equipping all people with the tools they need to navigate and overcome the barriers set by lawmakers to freely exercise the right to vote.

Since the 2020 elections, legislators and officials have employed various tactics to further suppress the vote. These measures have made it increasingly harder for people across the Deep South to register to vote and cast a ballot. There is plenty of disinformation out there; here’s how to spot it.

Click on your state below to review every step of the process from registration to casting a ballot. These guides — available in various languages — include information on how to manage the new voting processes and resources for more help if you need it.

Illustration by Elias Stein

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We want to hear what you experienced with registering, verifying or changing your information, absentee ballots, voting, or any other situation you’ve encountered while trying to participate in your local, state, or federal elections. (If you need immediate assistance, call 866-OUR-VOTE.) Share your story:

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How to Vote: Alabama

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How to Vote: Florida

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How to Vote: Louisiana

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How to vote: Georgia

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How to Vote: Mississippi