5 things you didn’t know about voting

You have the power to decide elections at the local and federal level. Make your voice heard. With the upcoming election taking place in less than 150 days, here are some important things you may not know about voting.

One in ten eligible voters will be Gen Z  

Around 24 million Gen Z voters will be able to take part in the upcoming election, according to the Pew Research Center. This means that youth voters, like you, have the chance to shape the future for the better. By owning your political power, you’re taking a step toward creating change that will affect the lives of many. If you are a first-time voter, check out this voting guide.  

It takes less than 2 minutes to register to vote 

Registering to vote is an important step to claiming your political power, and it’s easy. Head over to voteamerica.com and register to vote today. Remember that there are certain rules and eligibility requirements to register. Learn more about the voter registration rules for your state here. Have you and your friends already registered to vote? Then check on your voter registration status to make sure that you’re ready to #IGNITEtheVote. If you are a college student, make sure you are registered to vote with your most current address. Checking your voter registration status is even easier. All you have to do is go here and enter your information.

Some states allow you to vote early 

Election day is Tuesday, November 3, but if you can’t make it to the polls, you might have the option to vote earlier. Some states allow people to cast ballots prior to the election during a specific time period. To see if your state allows early voting, and to see the specific timeline, check out this website

If you choose “no affiliation” you might not be able to vote in your state’s primary 

Each state has a specific set of voting laws which you should look into before voting. For example, depending on your state, if you choose non-partisan or no affiliation, you might not be able to vote in the primary election. This is because of the different types of primaries that exist. Open primaries and semi-closed primaries allow non-partisans to vote, but closed primaries do not allow non-partisans to vote. See which type of primary your state has here

Local elections are just as important as federal elections 

A lot of the political decisions that directly affect your everyday life are made at the local level by elected officials such as mayors. Local elected officials are responsible for the allocation of funds, public safety (police), public transit, and other community resources. Their job as public servants is to make decisions for the community, so vote for someone who you believe will make the changes you want to see. Local elections happen at various times throughout the year, you can learn more here. You may not recognize some of the candidates on the ballot, so check out this website which explains who the candidates are. 

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