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Voter Registration Procedures/Requirements
Procedures to Vote:
You must complete a voter registration application. And when your completing the application you have to provide your full name, residential address, date of birth, and citizenship status. You have to fill out the whole application or the processing will be delayed. After it is completed the application should be mailed to the board of elections in the county in which the applicant lives.
Requirements to vote are:
- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Must be a resident of the county, and prior to voting in an election, must have resided at his or her residential address for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.
- Must be at least 18 years old or will be 18 by the date of the next general election.
- Must not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or on parole). Citizenship and voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of the sentence.
Steps in Voting
Who votes/who doesn't?
- Some people do not vote because they do not meet state voting requirements, or they have not re-registered after changing residences.
- Citizens who do vote generally have a positive attitudes toward government and citizenship.
Straight Vs. Split ticket voting
- Straight- ticket voting or straight party voting is the practice of voting for every candidate that a political party has on a general election ballot.
- Split Ticket voting is A vote for candidates of different political parties on the same ballot, instead of for candidates of only one party.
- When people at first vote seriously and are very considerate but eventually they get lazy and apathetic.
Your Vote is Your Voice!
Amendments that deal with Voting
17 Amendment- People vote for the Senators by popular election
19 Amendment- Guarantees women the right to vote
23 Amendment- Residents of District of Columbia given right to vote
24 Amendment- Outlaws poll tax in national elections
26 Amendment- Minimum voting age reduced to 18 for all elections
A Timeline of the History of Suffrage in the US
1924 Congressional Act: All native Americans given citizenship
1944 Smith V. Allwright: Supreme court rules prohibiting African Americans form voting in primary elections is unconstitutional
1957 Civil Rights Act of 1957: Justice Department can sue to protect voting rights in various states
1960 Civil Rights act of 1960: Introduces penalties against anybody who obstructs an individual's voting rights
1965 Voting Rights Act of 1965: Literacy tests prohibited; Federal voter registrars authorized in seven southern states