Do you have opinions? Most people have opinions, especially political. When the topic is one which has social or religious implications the tensions begin to rise.
Do you believe that your opinion matters? Of course it matters. It matters to the extent that you influence others and you allow it to impact change.
Throughout my campaign I was shocked to come across so many who quickly voiced their definitive opinions. Opinions which they appeared to be passionate about even enraged on occasions, yet they would finish with a reluctant admission; “yeah, but I don’t really vote.”
Unbelievable! What a waste of passion. How UnAmerican! Voting in fact is one of the most American or Patriotic acts that we are afforded.
I want to encourage everyone who is eligible to cast your vote. It’s the way to make your opinion meaningful. Lastly, it is a way to honor those who fought for our freedom.
“Our freedom begins with our vote
– Todd Burkhalter
Hopefully, that will move you enough to cast your vote. Outlined below are the details regarding who is eligible, how to register and how to vote if you can’t make it to the polls.
To vote in the upcoming primary election you must register by February 1, 2016. Here are the details that you need.
To vote in a federal election in the United States, potential voters must meet certain requirements. No matter which state you live in, you are eligible to vote if:
- You are a U.S. citizen.
- You meet your state’s residency requirements.
- You are 18 years old. Some states allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries and/or register to vote if they will be 18 before the general election.
Register to Vote
Voting and elections are always popular topics on Todd for Georgia, but never more so than during election season. The right to vote is a cornerstone of our society, and we realize that it can be a confusing and complicated process. In an effort to simplify that process and bring the most important government tasks into the digital age, you can utilize this tool to assist in the process.
The tool will help you navigate the voter registration process. Depending on the state that you live in, we’ll help you either:
- Register directly online with your state election office (Twenty-three states offer online registration)
- Complete the National Mail Voter Registration Form. At the end of the process, you simply print the form, sign and mail it to the address listed under your State in the State Instructions.
Please note: North Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands do not accept the National Mail Voter Registration Form. New Hampshire accepts it only as a request for an absentee voter mail-in registration form. If you live in one of these states, please check with your state election office to find out how to register to vote.
You may be able to apply to register to vote in person at the following public facilities:
- State or local voter registration and/or election offices
- The department of motor vehicles
- Public assistance agencies
- Armed services recruitment centers
- State-funded programs that serve people with disabilities
- Any public facility that a state has designated as a voter registration agency
Vote by Absentee Ballot
How do I vote when I am away from home?
- You can vote by absentee ballot, which allows you to vote before the election.
- You can return the ballot by mail to your local election officials.
How can I get an absentee ballot?
How can I get an absentee ballot if I’m outside the United States?
- Contact the state/territorial election office where you hold legal voting residence.
- Get information online from the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) or call an international FVAP hotline.
Where Do I Vote?
You cast your vote at a polling place or polling station.
- You can contact your local government election department for information on your polling station.
- Your state/territorial election office may also be able to provide information about where you should go to vote.
What if Problems Arise?
How do I report a problem with a voting machine at a polling station?
If you have a problem with your voting machine at your polling location, let your local poll workers know. You can also contact your state/territorial election office.
Report Voter Fraud or Voter Registration Fraud
Elections fraud means any irregularities or fraud arising out or in connection with voter registration or voting, or candidate petition or issue petition activities.
If you suspect voter or registration fraud, you should report it to your local state/territorial election office. For most states this is done by the Secretary of State, in other states, it is a State Board of Elections.
Hopefully this will either encourage you to make a difference with your vote. If you aren’t registered yet; My hope is that you now have the resources to get started.
Please let us know if we can assist.
If you enjoyed this article you may also want to visit my personal blog, The Life You Can Afford To Live. There I write primarily about leadership, personal development and personal finances.
Source Material: usa.gov
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