A Comprehensive Guide to Voting

Every American's foolproof manual

Why is voting important?

Did you know that 13 million fewer people voted in the 2012 election than in 2008?

The interest in voting is dwindling, especially for 18-24 year olds.

But why is it a problem?

Firstly, voting is a right that not everyone has. We should be thankful for the opportunity to be heard. By not voting, you are giving up your voice and your say in how your country is run.

Secondly, political parties in this country are polarising rapidly. As this happens, the only people who vote are those with extreme views, leading to extreme legislation which you might disagree with. The only way to counter this is to vote!

The more voices that vote, the more diverse the opinions, the more likely it is that a compromise can be reached, letting all sides be happy.

Voter Eligibility Requirements

In the U.S, it's quite simple. In order to vote, an individual must:

1) Be at least 18 years old.

2) Be a citizen of the United States.

3) Be registered to vote in their state.

You also must have completed any prison sentences or probation by the registration deadline.

Registering to vote changes depending on which state you are in.

Most states require you to register 20-30 days before the election. In North Carolina, for example, the deadline is 25 days before. You can do this at the DMV, by email, or by mail.

If you are in the military or living overseas, you can still vote. Go to the DMV website to find links to the absentee ballot.

Voting on election day

That's it! Now go fulfill your duties as a citizen!