All about Voting

By Andrea Martinez Why you should support your country

Why should you vote?

Voting helps you become an active citizen of your country.
You are able to voice your opinion and participate in your community.
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Registration procedures and requirements

In the state of North Carolina you must be eighteen or older to vote. You also must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of North Carolina. Most states have the same requirements.
You can register by email, mail, fax or in person to register. Most states require you to register a certain amount of time before voting.
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Steps in voting

In North Carolina the first step you must take to vote is to register.
On election day you must go to your polling place, which is a the building where your voting occurs. Often times this building is a school.

Who can vote and voter behavior

Any citizen who is eighteen or older can vote except for felons. Once they have completed their service, their rights are given back to them and they can vote. People who are overseas can vote, as long as they send in their absentee ballot.
Straight ticket ballot:

a ballot on which all votes have been cast for candidates of the same party.
Split ticket voting: a voter chooses candidates from the same political party for every office up for election.

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Voter information list

Poll: The process of voting in an election
Ballot: A process of voting, in writing and typically in secret
Election day: The day set by law for the general elections of public officials
Polling place: A building where voting takes place during an election, typically one that normally has another function, such as a school.

Amendments dealing with voting

15th: No one should be denied the right to vote because of race
17th: Says who can directly elect senators
19th: Gives women right to vote
23: Right to vote in district of Columbia ( DC)
24th: Ended poll taxes
26th: Lowers voting age from 21 to 18
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Timeline

1867- Civil Rights Act of 1866 grants citizenship, but not the right to vote, to all native-born Americans.
1869-15th: No one should be denied the right to vote because of race
1920-19th: Gives women right to vote
1960-23: Right to vote in district of Columbia ( DC)
1964-24th: Ended poll taxes
1971-26th: Lowers voting age from 21 to 18