Time to Vote!!
By: D'jenne Williams
Steps in Voting:
- On election day voters go to the polling place
- Fill out an application form providing all of the necessary information
- 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
- Cast your ballot by using a voting machine
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 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
- 1870: Fifteenth Amendment- Prohibits denying a person's right to vote on the basis of race.
- 1920: Nineteenth Amendment- Guarantees women the right to vote.
- 1957: Civil Rights Act of 1957: Justice Department can sue to protect voting rights in various states.
- 1964: Twenty-Fourth Amendment- Outlaws poll tax in national elections
- 1970: Voting rights act amendments of 1970- lowers the minimum voting age to 18 in federal elections.