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Requirements:


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a resident of the county, and prior to voting in an election, must have resided at his or her residential address for at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.
  • Must be at least 18 years old or will be 18 by the date of the next general election.
  • Must not be serving a sentence for a felony conviction (including probation or on parole). If previously convicted of a felony, the person’s citizenship rights must be restored. Citizenship and voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of the sentence. No special document is needed.
  • Must rescind any previous registration in another county or state.

Procedure


To register, a person who meets the voting qualifications must sign and complete a voter registration application. When completing the application, applicants must provide their full name, residential address, date of birth, and citizenship status. In addition, the application must be signed After completion, the application should be mailed to the board of elections in the county in which the applicant resides.

If the application is complete and the person is qualified to vote, the county board of elections will mail a voter registration card to the applicant to provide notice of the registration. This mailing is non-forwardable and also serves to verify the applicant’s address. If a voter card is returned by the postal service as undeliverable, then a second mailing will be sent to the voter. In the event that that second mailing is also returned as undeliverable, then the applicant’s voter registration may subsequently be denied.

Voter registration applicants, who have met the voter registration deadline, should expect to receive their voter card within 1 to 2 weeks.

How to vote

Find the location of your polling place. Polling place locations are published in a newspaper of general circulation in your county. At the polling place, sign an application for ballot. A judge of election will determine the ballot on which you are qualified to vote and, after initialing it, will give it to you and direct you to a voting booth. An optical scan ballot consists of columns of names of offices and candidates with an incomplete arrow or small oval adjacent to the name. Read the instructions and be especially mindful of the number of candidates to vote for in each office. Look at the positions you have marked. Place your voted ballot in the security sleeve provided to preserve the secrecy of your ballot. Take your ballot to the judge of election in charge of the ballot box who will cast the ballot for you.

WHY VOTE?

Voting gives citizens a chance to choose their government leaders.

It gives citizens a opportunity to voice their opinions on past performances of public officials.

If voters are dissatisfied ,they can elect new leaders.

Voting allows citizens to express their opinions of public issues.

WHY NOT TO VOTE

If you don't meet voting requirements.

If you haven't registered after changing residences.

If no candidates represent your feelings on the issues.

If you have apathy, or a lack of interesting.

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 this occurs, a number of people get tired of reading the different names, and they choose the ones closest to the top of the list

Timeline!!

1870- The 15th amendment prohibits denying a person's right to vote on the basis of race

1920- The 19th amendment guarantees women the right to vote

1961- The 23rd amendment allows residents of the District of Columbia to vote

1964- The 24th amendment outlaws polling tax

1971- The 26th amendment lowers the minimum voting are to 18 for all elections