Erik Contreras

Voting Requirement

  • 18 years Old
  • American Citizen
  • Not a Felon/Criminal

Steps in Voting

  1. Be informed- know who the candidate is. Do they share your views? Know what is going on.
  2. Finding your Polling Place- once you have registered to vote the confirmation card will tell you the location and what times they are opened. It could be anywhere in the town you live in.
  3. At the Polls- Polling places are generally open from early morning until 7 or 8 pm. When you first arrive you can study a sample ballot posted near the entrance. Then you write your name and address and sign an application form ate clerk's table. The clerk areas your name aloud and passes the form to a challenger's table. A challenger looks up your registration form and compares the signatures on you application. If they match then he rights his initials and gives the forms back.
  4. Casting Your Vote- You will go to the voting booth where you hand the application form to an election judge. Judges oversee the operation of the voting booths, ensuring that everyone votes in secret and helping voters who are physically challenged, elderly o unable to read.

Voting Behavior

  • Who votes? People who are citizens and meet the requirements for voting are allowed to vote.
  • Who doesn't vote? People with Felonies or that don't meet the requirements are not allowed to vote. People that are allowed don't vote due to the lack of interest.
  • Straight vs. Split ticket voting: When someone is loyal to one particular party every election and vote for them that is called straight ticket voting. When someone is more open minded and changes party based on the candidate every election is called spit ticket voting.
  • Ballot fatigue: When a voter is not interested in the issue or the voter is bothered by the inconvenience of physically voting. It notoriously causes low voter turnout rates and potentially more protest vote.

Voting Amendments

  1. 15th amendment- African Americans are allowed to vote.
  2. 17th amendment- Vote for state senators.
  3. 19th amendment- Women are allowed to vote.
  4. 23rd amendment- District of Columbia residents are allowed to vote.
  5. 24th amendment- Bans poll taxes
  6. 26th amendment- Lower voting age to 18 years old

Suffrage/Voting Timline

  1. 1870- 15th amendment- any race can vote
  2. 1920-19th amendment- women can vot
  3. 1960-Civil Rights Act of 1957- Justice Department can sue to protect voting rights in various states.
  4. 1965- Voting Rights Act 1965- Literacy test prohibited
  5. 2006- Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006- Prohibits use of tests or devices to deny the right to vote.