This year’s midterm Election Day is almost here. In just a few days every American citizen will be able to cast their vote and choose who will represent their needs and interests. Voters represent the most important role in every election. By voting and electing their representatives, people are making sure the government reflects their needs and interests and that it functions according to the guidelines of the Constitution.
Since the 2018 midterm elections are just around the corner, it’s the right time to ask how to become a responsible voter. First thing’s first, each individual should realize their importance and role in shaping the US government. Ken Lucianin will help and break down the four most important responsibilities of voters.
Register to vote
People usually ask themselves the following questions: “Where am I registered to vote?” or “How do I know if I’m registered to vote?”
In order to be eligible to vote you have to register for voting in your state. Every legal US citizen who is 18 years and older can register to vote. Although states have different ways of conducting elections, the rules are almost the same in each of them. Every state, except North Dakota, requires their residents to register prior to voting. It’s always good to know your state’s voter registration requirements and there’s an easy way to check them – just visit vote.gov. This site will be tremendously helpful if your state allows its residents to register online. Online registration is available in 37 states and the District of Columbia.
You can also download the National Mail Voter Registration Form. You can fill it out onscreen or you can first print it and fill out by hand.
If it’s more convenient for you to register in person, you can do it with your state or local election office. One crucial thing to take into consideration is the deadline to register. Remember, they can be as much as a month before the Election Day. So, don’t delay because registering takes up just a few minutes.
Also, if you want to vote online, you can simply type “how to register to vote online” into Google and it will lead you to where you need to begin voting.
2018 elections are the first midterm elections for President Donald Trump. Both parties, Democrats and Republicans are trying to boost the voter turnout this year. At midterm elections, people elect the members of the US Congress, including 435 seats in the US House of Representatives and 33 seats in the US Senate. Whoever wins the majority in Congress will set the national legislative agenda.
This year’s elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6th 2018. USA.gov will help you when it comes to voting. It allows you to enter your state or territory and it will lead you to your state’s election center.
Ken Lucianin advises all the US citizens not to fail to use their right and privilege to vote or someone else will make decisions for them. Also, make sure you’re really prepared for the elections and be responsible when voting. What does it mean to be responsible when voting?
We have the answers to that question.
First, it means not to fail to vote. Don’t be one of those individuals who constantly complains about ‘politics as usual’ and decides not to vote. This is a reason to vote and change things in your country.
Second, look at the entire list of candidates but without pre-set prejudices. Every candidate has to prove their statements and promises by facts and logical, true arguments. And voters, on the other side, shouldn’t have any judgments. In the age of the Internet and social media expansion, one shouldn’t believe everything they hear. Don’t make snap judgments because they tend to stay permanent ones, although they sometimes aren’t wise.
‘Aggregated interests of a community’ is something each and every voter must bear in mind when deciding who to vote for. Voters will most probably take into account whether a certain candidate will give them what they need. However, the US voters need to think about whether the candidate will give the entire nation what it needs. Thinking long-term is crucial. If we want to have better politicians and a better government, we need to be better voters as well.
Casting absentee votes
It may happen that a voter isn’t able to get to the polling station on the Election Day. An absentee ballot is printed and marked by an absent voter. It has to be sealed in a special envelope and the municipal clerk takes it to the right election office on the day of the election. If it gets accepted, it’s counted as if the voter showed up and had cast a ballot in person.
This is a great opportunity for voters who are unable to be at the polling station in person, but nevertheless want their voice to be heard while participating in electing their favored politician.
Updating Personal Information Regularly
Another responsibility of a voter is to update personal information regularly and to stay up-to-date with all the information regarding elections. Since election laws can change suddenly, it’s important that voters keep the voting info updated. If a person moves or decides to change party affiliation, they are required to update this info before the next elections.
Polling place locations constantly change and you should keep in mind that a school, church or business that were used at the previous elections might not be used anymore. Find out the new locations online or at your local election office.
Vote before it’s too late
In the end, Ken Lucianin would like to emphasize the importance of young voters being responsible this year. Millennials are the driving force of the midterm elections. This is nevertheless a reminder for the politicians that they might want to consider changing strategies for this and the upcoming elections. Be it as it may, every responsible voter in the United States will help shape the future of our country.