Voting is an important part of our society. A strong government is accountable to its people. As an American, you have a right to make your voice count by voting. The stakes in this current election cycle are too high for you to sit at home in November and not do your civic duty. Maybe you've never voted before, or you haven't voted since the last time a Clinton was running for President. Here are some helpful tips that will get you registered to vote in November.
1. Find out if you are eligible to vote.
Who can vote? Anyone that is a legal U.S. citizen over 18-years-old. You can also register to vote at just 17 and a half IF you will be 18 by the time of the election. Who can't vote? Anyone under 18, convicted felons, non-legal US residents and those not considered mentally fit. Most citizens are eligible to vote.
2. I'm eligible! Now, what do I do?
You'll need a driver's license or a state issued identification card from your local DMV. You'll need the number from your ID to register and you'll need official identification on the day you go vote.
3. Got my ID! How do I get registered?
There are three ways to register; online, in person and by mail. In the state of Georgia, online voter registration is very simple. In person voter registration can be done at your local DMV while obtaining an ID card or license. Potential new voters can also register at their local library. For those interested in a mail in registration option, that form can be found here, and mailed to the address on the form.
4. That doesn't seem too bad, anything else I need to know?
Make sure you are aware of your deadlines! Anyone interested in voting in the 2016 Presidential election must be registered by October 11th in the state of Georgia. Different states have different deadlines and voting procedures.
5. I've voted before, but it's been awhile. Do I need to re-register?
It depends. The only times you'll need to re-register is if you have moved, legally changed your name or changed your political party. If you need to re-register, You'll just go through the same registration as new voters. If you're unsure if you are registered, you can check your registration status here.
Voter registration seems like a scary process despite how simple it is. Don't let your opportunity to make your count slip away. Register to vote today! Your country thanks you.