How to Register to Vote
By: David Jacob
It is about that time of year again: voting season. As the Presidential Campaign heats up, one may ask themselves: Am I registered to vote? In order to vote, one must…
- Be a United States Citizen.
- Be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General Election.
- Live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
- Not be convicted and in jail.
- Not claim the right to vote anywhere else.
Registering to vote is a pretty easy process. In 23 states, one can register online. For a full list of those states, click here.
- Once you have clicked on the hyperlink, click on the hyperlinked website.
- Click on the ‘OK, Let’s Get Started’ hyperlink to begin the process.
- Fill out the 14 questions.
- You will receive an e-mail at the end verifying all the information.
If your state if not on the list, one can fill out a voters’ registration by hand at any one of these places either back home, or here in Quincy…
- State or local voter registration and/or election offices
- The department of motor vehicles
- Public assistance agencies
- Armed Services Recruitment Centers
- State-funded programs that serve people with disabilities
- Any public facility that a state has designated as a voter registration agency.
It is possible to use your school’s e-mail address, but it is highly recommended that you use an e-mail address that one will use after school. Remember that voting is a privilege and we get to vote for our higher officials and determine the future of our country.