Time to Vote!!

By: D'jenne Williams

Voter Requirements

  • At least eighteen years old
  • Resident in the state your in (North Carolina)
  • Citizen of the United States
  • Register

Steps in Voting:

  1. On election day voters go to the polling place
  2. Fill out an application form providing all of the necessary information
  3. Go to a voting booth where you hand the application form to an election judge where the judge ensures that your vote is in secret
  4. Cast your ballot by using a voting machine

Voter Behavior:

People who Vote:


  • Resident of the state
  • U.S. Citizens
  • Registered
  • age 18 or older

People Who Don't Vote:


  • People with a felony
  • Voting requirements not met
  • Haven't reregistered after changing residences

Straight Vs. Split ticket voting..... Ballot Fatigue

  • Straight ticket voting-voting for an entire party.
  • Split ticket voting- voting for some candidates from one party and some from another

Ballot Fatigue:

  • Ballot fatigue is when there are several names on a political ballot, and voters choose to ignore some candidates when there are too many choices.
  • When ballot fatigue occurs, a number of people get tired of reading the different names, and they choose the one's closest to the top of the list.

Amendments Dealing with Voting

  • Amendment 15 - African American males voting rights
  • Amendment 17- Ability to directly elect our senators
  • Amendment 19- Female voting rights
  • Amendment 23- Vote in D.C.
  • Amendment 24- Ended poll taxes
  • Amendment 26- Voting age went from 21 to 18

Timeline

  1. 1870: Fifteenth Amendment- Prohibits denying a person's right to vote on the basis of race.
  2. 1920: Nineteenth Amendment- Guarantees women the right to vote.
  3. 1957: Civil Rights Act of 1957: Justice Department can sue to protect voting rights in various states.
  4. 1964: Twenty-Fourth Amendment- Outlaws poll tax in national elections
  5. 1970: Voting rights act amendments of 1970- lowers the minimum voting age to 18 in federal elections.