It's important!

What steps do I take?

Inform yourself: Uninformed voting is like putting on clothes in the dark. It doesn't work! Make sure you know who you're voting for and what they support.

Get registered: If you're a US citizen 18 or older, get voter registered! It's easy. More information on registration below.

Choose your ballot: Can you be there? If you can, go. Voting in person doesn't take that long, and it takes less paperwork. If you can't go, fill out an absentee ballot.

Finally, vote: Choose the candidate you want in their respective office, and place a check beside their name!

Registration? What is that?

Registration registers all voters so that people can't vote twice. Voting twice is voter fraud, and that's illegal. Most states have you register with your driver's license. Also, some states require you to register to vote early, as much as 30 days before the election. Check your states rules and regulations on voting to make sure that you're prepared!

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Who can vote? Why do they vote?

Voters vote because they want to represent themselves in their government. Registered felons and people who are not citizens of the US or the state they live in cannot vote because they do not represent the population of the US.

Some Voting Practices

Straight ticket voting: This is what happens when you vote for all of the candidates in one political party, whether you know who they are or not.

Split ticket voting: Voting for different candidates from various parties.

Ballot fatigue: When a voter gets tired of choosing candidates, sort of like when you're tired of answering questions on a long test.

A Suffrage Timeline

1870: Fifteenth Amendment - Any race is allowed to vote.

1957: Civil Rights Act - Voting rights are further protected.

1961: Twenty-fourth Amendment - Poll taxes are outlawed.

1971: Twenty-sixth Amendment - The voting age is reduced to 18.

1993: Nation Voter Registration Act - It's easier to register for voting.