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Go out and vote! How and where to register to vote

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One of the most important things you can do for society is register to vote. Each state has different requirements for registration. Therefore, it is important to know the different tools available, both from the government and from independent agencies. There are plenty of resources, such as tutorials and educational videos, that help you to collect the necessary information to avoid delays and confusion. Learn how you can register to vote!

By regular mail

One of the most conventional methods to register to vote in the United States is by mail. However, this option only for citizens who reside within the national territory. To register, you must fill out a form with information such as: official identification, political party and a statement denying affiliation with groups that advocate the overthrow of democracy in the United States. Mail your registration to your state’s registrar’s office.

Vote.org

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Registering with Vote.org is quick and easy. According to the website, it only takes two minutes to fill out the online form and it is intended only for residents of the United States. Enter the requested information on their online form and you’re set. You will need to provide: First and last name, address where the voter resides, zip code, date of birth and email address.

Register to vote in person

A practical way to register to vote is by going to a registrar’s office or Department of Motor Vehicles in your county of residence. In this case, the voter must carefully fill out a form provided by officials there. A clerk will validate the information provided and approve or reject the request. Finally, they will send a voter card to the citizen’s address.

Voting Requirements

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One of the main requirements to vote in the United States is to be 18 years old by the day of the elections in which you wish to participate. This is in addition to being a US citizen and meeting the requirements, with some exceptions. Among these exceptions is that of providing a residence address. Homeless persons who meet the other requirements are exempt from this rule. Unnaturalized residents will not be able to participate in most elections.

Necessary information

US citizens of legal age who wish to register to vote must present identification, but the type of ID will be dictated by the authorities of each state. For example, some counties require government-issued photo IDs, while others accept non-photo IDs. In the latter case, you will receive a provisional ballot and will only be fully registered once you provide an identification document approved by the authorities.

If you live abroad

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To register to vote from overseas, you can visit Overseas Vote where you can select your status and fill out the corresponding form according to your needs. Among the information that will be requested, the following stand out: Name, telephone number, email, previous residence address and current address (where the ballot will be sent).

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