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Voting in the US: 1st Easy Beginners’ Guide

Voting in the US: 1st Easy Beginners’ Guide

Madeleine Monkman

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to vote and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

2020 is one of the most important election years in American history. The general election itself represents the most evident divide the United States has seen since the 1860 election that led to the Civil War. Not only will the president-elect have a Supreme Court with 4 members over the age of 70, but 34 states are voting on new senators. It could be enough to shift control in the Senate. It is crucial for young adults to get out there and vote! 

Getting Started 

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You may be wondering how to get started. It’s simple, register. You can register (or pre-register) at vote.gov. If you moved since the time you registered, be sure to double-check your registration and make edits if necessary. Make sure you’re aware of your state’s deadlines. With COVID-19 cases increasing, you should consider an absentee ballot. An absentee ballot is a ballot completed and typically mailed in advance of an election by a voter who is unable to be present at the polls and pretty common among most voters. 

Some states even automatically send you an absentee ballot (Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and recently California). If you don’t live in any of these states don’t worry, for most states, you can simply apply for an absentee ballot. Start by visiting usa.gov/election-office and find your state election office website. (Example, for California, visit the California state election office website.) Then look up “absentee ballot application”, or “by mail application”, or “mail-in voting application”. Fill out the application and then you’re set! 

How to Prepare for Election Day

Getting ready to vote involves two things; learning about how the system works and learning about the candidates. On election day not only are you voting for the president but in some states, you’re voting for a representative and senator. 

The House of Representatives is composed of 435 representatives. 

  • Each representative represents a congressional district and serves two years. 
  • In the Senate, each senator gets a six-year term. 
  • There are two senators per state. Congress helps create laws or change existing laws. 
  • They can override the president by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Congress also controls most government funding. 

Congress also controls most government funding. Congress is elected by popular vote, meaning that whichever candidate earns the most votes wins the election. Voting for Congress members is just as important as voting for the president, if not more. These people represent your state and your congressional district. Knowing who represents you is important. You can look up your state senators, but for your representatives, you can go to house.gov and look up your district. 

The general election or presidential election is a little different. Instead of the popular vote, the United States uses something called the electoral college. A state’s number of electors equals the number of representatives plus two electors for the senators the state has in the United States Congress. The electoral college can be pretty confusing, but simply put the popular vote per state is used to choose the electors based on the winning candidate’s political party. 

You’re voting for the president’s electors. For example, if the winning candidate in the state is a democrat, then the democrats would pick the electors that represent the state. These electors would then cast their vote for president. The electoral college has become quite controversial in the past years, many people say that it’s undemocratic because a candidate could win the popular vote but lose the overall election. This happened in 2016. But voting is still important because you want electors that support your candidate to be chosen. 

To learn more about candidates running and what to expect for your ballot, you can look at websites like League of Women Voters, wevoteme.com, and ballotpedia.org. Make sure to do your research and even take notes! Being an informed voter helps make a difference. 

Voting Locally 

Voting locally is just as important as the national elections because that’s where your voice can really be heard. State and local governments control everyday life including; taxes, minimum wage, school funding, and criminal codes. You can vote for your state senate/ house of representatives, corporate commissioners, sheriffs, mayors, school superintendents, city council, and state judges. State and local elections are held at various times throughout the years. You can find out when your next election is by logging on to usa.gov/election-office and select your state. 

As a U.S citizen, you have the privilege to vote. You want to see change, help make it happen. We have a voice, let’s use it! 

Read more such Op-Ed (opinion-based) articles such as A Beginner’s Guide to voting In the US, Gen Z Voices Their Opinions on Tik Tok,  Affirmative Action: 4 Reasons to Eliminate It and Is Generation Z Trying to Change the American Flag or the World. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

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In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

In this article, I’m going to give a brief explanation of how to register to and how the process works in the US. I’ll include resources to find out more information about election deadlines and candidates. I will address the importance of the youth vote and how much it really impacts the outcome/government. 

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