How to Participate in the Voting Process

How to Participate in the Voting Process

(PatriotWise.com) – The right to vote is arguably the most important right Americans have. Voting gives us the ability to make our voices heard. It’s what makes lawmakers listen to us, as well. There is nothing quite like the fear of losing their jobs to spur them into action.

If you have never voted before, you might be wondering how to get started.

Register

The first step you have to take is to register to vote. You can do this in several different ways. If your state allows you to apply online, you can do it from the comfort of your home in a couple of minutes. You can also go to your local Supervisor of Elections’ office and do it there. Finally, your state may allow you to register at the DMV while taking care of your other business.

You can also visit USA.gov and find out how to get started.

Things to Remember

If you want to vote in a specific election, remember there are deadlines. For example, in Florida, everyone who wanted to cast a ballot in the 2020 presidential race had to register by October 5, 2020. So, make sure you find out the deadlines for your particular state. The earlier you register, the better.

When you fill out the paperwork, you will be asked what your party you want to join. If you plan to vote in primary elections, you will need to choose a party in some states if they have closed primaries. A closed primary is when only voters affiliated with a particular party can choose the candidates for that party. If you decide you want to register as no party affiliation, you won’t be able to vote in the primary.

Vote

You will receive a voter registration card in the mail that will tell you where to cast your ballot on election day, and you are all set. In some states, you can even vote early right at the Supervisor of Elections’ office or some other designated location.

Go do it! Make your voice heard!

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