Why should I register to vote? I am only one person. Does my vote even matter? The answer is yes, you should register to vote, and yes, your one vote does matter. In recent years the 18-29 eligible voters have not been voting and the number of voters of that age range is decreasing. As stated on the civic youth website “young people (18-29) make up 21% of the voting eligible population in the U.S,” that is a very significant enough amount of voters enough to easily sway the elections.
But how can I vote if I go to college in another city? Or how do I even register? Registering to vote is fairly simple you go onto your town’s website and find the registration or simply go down to your town halls city clerk and they will be able to point you into the right direction.
Keep in mind that the process of registering to vote can take a couple months so try to do it in advance. When elections are coming up make sure to go online or contact your local town hall to get an absentee ballot that allows you to vote while you are away at school. You must mail it in prior to the election day because your vote will not count if it is after the election day. Different cities and towns will have different rules but the premise is the same.
- Go to your town/city hall to register or find the online voting registration
- It may take a couple of months to be officially registered
- If you are not there for elections apply for an absentee ballot
- Make sure to mail in your ballot a couple days prior to the election to ensure your vote counts.
- You have officially performed one of your civic duties as an American Citizen! Congrats!
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