(FiveNation.com) – One of the most fundamental rights Americans have is the ability to vote for their representatives. The USA has a government for the people by the people for this very reason, and it’s one reason the country is so great. But voting isn’t something you can just do without any preparation. First, you have to make sure you’re registered.
Check Your Status
If you’ve registered to vote before or can’t remember if you did, it’s pretty easy to check. All you do is go to the National Association of Secretaries of State’s “Can I Vote” portal. From there, you want to click on the icon for “voter registration status,” and it will take you to another page where you will select your state.
Once you put your location in, the site redirects your state’s page. You fill in the information there, and it should let you know your voter status. If you’re uncomfortable with this process, you can call or go to your local Supervisor of Elections’ office to find out directly.
Register Online or In-Person
If you discover you’re not registered to vote, it’s time to get the ball rolling. You can fill out the appropriate paperwork in several different ways. First, you can check to see if your state allows online registration. If you’d prefer to do it in person, go down to the local Supervisor of Elections’ office. Or, the next time you visit the Department or Bureau of Motor Vehicles, ask about it there.
Keep in mind, there are deadlines for registering. If an election is approaching, make sure you fill out your voter registration paperwork within the appropriate time frame.
Know Where to Go to Vote
When you finally get your voter registration card, it will have a precinct on it. That’s where you will vote on Election Day. Make sure you go to the right location because, in some states, your vote will not count if you make a mistake.
Make sure you don’t let that card get dusty; use it! Make your voice heard.
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