(PatriotWise.com) – Voting is a fundamental right of every American. When a citizen is born, there is an expectation that they’ll cast a ballot one day. That right comes with rules, however, and sometimes people can lose it completely.
Who Can Register to Vote
Every citizen who meets a certain set of qualifications may register to vote. Even Americans who live outside of the country can fill out the application. The basic requirements are listed below:
- You must be 18 years old in most states. Some states allow teenagers as young as age 17 to register and vote in the primaries as long as they will be 18 before the General Election.
- You can’t be a felon who has not had their rights reinstated.
- You must be a citizen of the US. It doesn’t matter if you are a citizen by naturalization or birth.
- You must meet your state’s requirements.
Who Is Disqualified from Voting?
Anyone who doesn’t meet the criteria above is not eligible to vote. Particularly non-citizens and felons. If you committed a felony, served your time and did not ask your state to reinstate your voting rights, you are probably disqualified from casting a ballot. Look up your state’s reinstatement requirements, and go for it.
How Many Times Can You Vote?
You are only allowed to cast one ballot per election. Voting more than once is a crime, and the prosecutor in your area could bring you up on charges.
When you go to your local precinct to vote, it’s important to remember a few rules. You are not allowed to wear any attire that advertises a specific candidate. For instance, you could not vote while wearing a Make America Great Again hat.
You’ll also notice there are campaign booths but they’re 100 feet away (more in some states, less in others) from the polling place.
As long as you follow the rules above, you should be good to go. Happy voting!
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