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Why Should We Vote? Procedures and Requirements for voter registration in your state, Procedures for voting in your community, Next Election Dates for your state and community

Why Should We Vote?Edit

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The answer to that is simple -- because your vote matters! The prevalent mentality of the people who choose not to vote is common; most of the time it's simply because they feel that their one vote would not make such a huge difference, so why bother? In reality, one vote can actually indeed make a difference :1800 Aaron Burr lost the presidency by 1 vote, 1845 Texas became a part of the Union by 1 vote, 1868 President Andrew Johnson escaped impeachment by 1 vote, 1876 Rutherford B. Hayes became President by 1 vote etc. So basically, one vote can sway a decision, which evidently is significant.


Let's not take democracy for granted! As we all know, democracy or power of the people did not exist back in the day. However, our generation happens to be fortunate enough to gain the right to vote all because of the soldiers and civil rights activists who have fought for suffrage. The right to vote manifests the battle fought, it symbolizes equality. Voting is not a chore or an obligation, but it is part of your rights as a citizen of the United States; so make use of it, and make a difference.

Voting Act & Amendments in AmericaEdit

Citizens should be reminded that gaining the right to vote did not come easy. Our complete freedom to vote now, took decades to be enforced and established.

Amendment 15 (1870 - federal and states government can't deny any citizen the right to vote based on race.
Voting Rights Act of 1965 - outlawed literacy tests and poll taxes as requirements for voting
Amendment 19 (1920) - gave the right to vote to women
Amendment 26 (1971) - lowering the voting age from 21 to 18.

Registration is EasyEdit

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You can use the National Mail Voter Registration Form for registration, or updating registration information for change of address or name. The form can be downloaded at the U.S Election Assistance Commission website and includes the detailed instructions on how the application must be submitted and the specific state instructions. Voting age normally depends upon the specific state you're voting in. In many states, you can vote as early as 17 years old and after your 18th birthday, your Voter Registration Card will be sent in the mail.

Registration RequirementsEdit

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Although each state may have distinctive differences for requirements (such as voting age, here are the general requirements)

1.)You must be a U.S. Citizen
2.)You must be a legal resident of the state you are voting in
3.)Must be 18 years of age (unless your state says doesn't necessarily require this)
4.)most states deny voting rights to those convicted of felony and serving time in prison
5.)Most states also deny voting rights to those declared mentally incompetent by a court of law

The registration deadline for most states is 30 days before the election.

Texas Latest Election DeadlinesEdit

First Day of Early Voting

October 19, 2009 (17th day before election day falls on a Saturday, first day moves to next business day)

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)

October 27, 2009

Last Day of Early Voting

October 30, 2009

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