Voting In The States

The More You Know

Voter Registration: Requirements

  • Requirements
  • To register to vote in North Carolina you must:

    • be a citizen of the United States
    • be a resident of North Carolina and the county in which you live for at least 30 days prior to the election
    • be 18 years of age by the day of the election
    • have your rights of citizenship restored if you have been convicted of a felony
    • not be registered or vote in any other county or state
    • You must show ID to vote
  • Steps In Voting

    1.Check your eligibility. It's important to make sure that you're eligible to vote before you begin the registration process.

    2.Register online if you can. As of June 2014, 20 states allow residents to register to vote online.

    3.Mail in your National Mail Voter Registration form . If your state does not allow you to register online, or if you'd just prefer to fill out a form, you can fill out the National Mail Voter Registration form in almost every state.

    4.Register in person at designated locations in your state. If you're unable to register online or if you'd just prefer to do it in person, you can also register in person at the following public facilities.

    5.Check your state's deadline before the election. Most states have a deadline for voter registrations, sometime between two and four weeks before the election.

    6.Fill out the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) to vote absentee. If you're active-duty military or are overseas for other reasons during the election and you're not yet registered, you can still register to vote by filling out the FPCA form and requesting an absentee ballot.

    7.Wait to receive your voter's card in the mail. You should receive a voter's card in the mail shortly after you send your paperwork or submit the online application.

    8.Consider registering with a national political party or organization. You can register using one of the online services provided by the various political parties to affiliate yourself with their campaigns and learn more about their candidates.

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    Who Votes/Who Doesnt and Why

    Prisoner voting rights are a state issue, so the laws are different from state to state. Some states allow only individuals on probation to vote. Others allow individuals on parole and probation.

    voting rights movement was won in the 1960s to lower the voting age from twenty-one to eighteen. because of the Vietnam war people fighting in the war said if we can go and die for our country we can sure vote for it.

    Straight vs Split Ticket Voting

    Voting a "straight ticket" in an election refers to voting for all of the candidates for a particular party, whereas a "split ticket" refers to when a voters chooses one candidate from one party and in another offices, votes for a candidate from another party. An independent voter is someone who did not declare party affiliation when registering to vote.

    ballot fatigue

    Also called voter fall-off, or roll-off, which refers to a voter completing only the first part of a ballot. The length, complexity, and manner of presentation of the ballot (which depends in part on the voting technology used) may all have some effect on the prevalence of this well-documented phenomenon, and even on the percentage of voters who complete the first ballot item.
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    Voting Timeline