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How to register to vote

How to register to vote

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by April 15, 2016 Pulse on Politics

Nov. 8 will be here before you know it

By Ashley Summerfield
@ash_summerfield

Voting is often regarded as one of the most important rights U.S. citizens have.  In order for your voice to be heard, you must register to vote in the state where you currently resides.

In order to be eligible to register, one must be 18 years old and a legal U.S. citizen who lives or has an address in the United States.

Registering to vote is a simple process but many American citizens either have no interest in registering or do not know how.

When and if you decide to take the initiative to get registered to vote, there are a couple of quick steps to take to make the process quick and easy.

You must begin by reading up on the state-specific voting and registration laws.

The most accessible place to start is the Internet.  There are several different websites that have voter registration information and access.  Two of the most popular websites are www.usa.gov and www.registertovote.org.

Each of these websites has an online form that gets you started in the registration process.  Follow the steps listed and fill in the information to the best of your ability.  After completing the online form, you will need to print out the full application and send it to your local election official.  The registration form is one page and asks for basic information about the citizen’s residence and citizenship.

Once you have completed the application and sealed it in an envelope with a stamp, you are ready to send it.  When it comes to sending the application in, there is a unique address depending on where you reside.  A full list of states with their directions can be found on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s website at www.eac.gov.

In Ohio’s case, you will send your application to the Secretary of State of Ohio.  This is the case in most states for the respective state.  These addresses appear on the above website.

When it comes to completing this process, the Internet will be the most effective resource to find any needed information.  This information is easily found, but if you still need clarification, contact your local officials for assistance.

When you show up to the polls after registering, you will need to show proof of identification.  This can be in the form of current and valid photo identification or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address.

Take the initiative to get registered today and vote in the 2016 general election that will determine our next president.

Be sure to stay caught up with the Pulse’s political coverage throughout the upcoming fall semester so that you can be an informed voter.

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