A Comprehensive Guide to Voting
Every American's foolproof manual
Why is voting important?
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
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
Go to your precinct's polling place. You will sign an application form at the clerk's table, who will then pass the application form to the Challenger. The Challenger will look up your registration form and compare signatures. Starting in 2016, you will also be required to provide ID.
Cast your vote
After signing in, you will proceed to the voting booth. The booth is overseen by an election judge, who can assist you if you need it. Most states use electronic voting machines. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with which method your state uses, so you don't get confused on the day.
As you leave, you might be asked how you voted by various media stations. This isn't illegal, so feel free to answer them honestly, but you don't have to either.