Vote! Vote! Vote!

Everything you need to know about voting.

Voter Requirements

  • You Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a resident of the county, and prior to voting in an election, must have resided at your residential address for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or on parole).
  • Must rescind any previous registration in another county or state.

How to Register to Vote

  • Fill out a voter registration application.
  • Provide your full name, residential address, date of birth, citizenship status, and signature on application.
  • Mail to the board of elections in the your county.
  • Expect to receive your voter card in the mail within 1-2 weeks from the board of elections.

Steps in Voting

  • Go to the polling place in your precinct.
  • Confirm your identity.
  • Cast your vote on the ballot.
  • The votes will be counted and announced.

Who Votes? Who Doesn't?

People vote because:

  • It gives them a chance to participate in government.
  • It gives them the opportunity to voice their opinion.


People don't vote because:

  • They do not meet voting requirements.
  • They have not registered.
  • They do not support any of the candidates.
  • They think their vote will not make a difference.
  • Apathy- lack of interest.

Voter Information- Voting Amendments

  • 15th Amendment- Gives any race the right to vote.
  • 17th Amendment- Popular election of senators.
  • 19th Amendment- Gives women the right to vote.
  • 23rd Amendment- Gives residents of D.C. the right to vote.
  • 24th Amendment- Prohibits Poll Tax
  • 26th Amendment- Lowers the voting age to 18.

Timeline

1870- 15th Amendment

1920- 19th Amendment

1924- Congressional Act

1961-23rd Amendment

1964-24th Amendment

1971-26th Amendment

1993- National Voter Registration Act