Voter Registration Requirements

Abbey Ward

Steps in Voting

1) First you have to register to vote. In order to register to vote you have to be at least 18 years old and be a citizen of the United States.

2). The next step is on election day you go to your polling place which is a small part of the precinct. At the polling place you will fill out a ballot and vote for the candidate of your choosing.

3). When you are at the polling place you will show someone your id and they will send you to a booth where you will fill out your ballot in secret. Once you fill out your ballot you will then be given a sticker saying "I voted" and then you can leave. On your way out there may be a new crew conducting a exit poll where they ask you who you voted for so they can try and guess who is gonna win the election. You can choose to tell them or not to tell them who you voted for its all up to you.

Voter Behavior

Some people choose to vote and some people choose not to vote its all up to you. The people who vote normally feel really strongly about a certain issue or are really interested in the politics of their country and want to help choose the next leader. People who don't vote normally just don't care about politics (apathy) or they don't meet the requirements for registering to vote.

When you are voting you can choose either straight ticket or split ticket voting. Straight ticket voting is when you choose one party and vote for all of that parties candidates. Split ticket voting is when you vote for members of both parties, you could vote for a democrat president but then you could vote for a republican speaker of the house and it would be known as a split ticket.

Ballot Fatigue is when voters get tired of actually thinking about the names on the ballot and choosing who they want based on there views. The voters just begin to fill in bubbles or circle names and they don't care who they choose they just want to get finished.

Voter Amendments

  • 15th Amendment- Former male slaves could now vote
  • 17th Amendment- Direct election of senators is now happening
  • 19th Amendment- Women are given the right to vote
  • 23rd Amendment- Residents of DC can now vote
  • 24th Amendments- Poll Taxes
  • 26th Amendments- Changed voting age from 21 to 18 because of the government drafting people to fight in the Vietnam war when they were only 18.

Five key Events in Voting

  1. In 1870 the 15th Amendment prohibits denying a person the right to vote on the basis of race.
  2. In 1924 the Congressional act gave all Native Americans citizenship.
  3. In 1960 the Civil Rights Act introduced penalties against anybody who who obstructs a persons Individual voting rights.
  4. In 1975 the Voting Rights Act Amendment bans literacy tests and mandates that certain areas have to have bilingual ballots.
  5. In 1993 the National Voter registration act made it easier to register to vote and maintain you registration.