Some Information About Voting
On November 8, it is a simple choice between Donald Trump who has pledged to ‘Make America Great Again’, or Crooked Hillary who will continue the past eight years of Obama’s destructive policies that have left America weaker, poorer, more vulnerable to terrorist attacks and less respected in the world than at any time in our recent history.
We will leave a full analysis of the differences between the two candidates for another occasion. For now here are some facts about the election and voting. Should you find it of interest please pass it on.
Who Can Vote?
Eligibility to vote in the United States is established both through the federal constitution and by state law. Several constitutional amendments (the 15th, 19th, and 26th specifically) require that voting rights cannot be abridged on account of race, color, previous condition of servitude, sex, or age for those above 18.
You CAN vote in U.S. elections if you:
(a) Are a U.S. citizen;
(b) Meet your state’s residency requirements (You can be homeless and still meet these requirements.);
(c) Are 18 years old on or before Election Day (You can register to vote before you turn 18 if you will be 18 by Election Day. Check your state’s registration age requirements.);
(d) Register to vote by your state’s voter registration deadline. The one exception is for residents of North Dakota, which doesn’t have voter registration.
In many states you can register to vote in Presidential elections up to and including Election Day itself. However, in other states there is a registration deadline. For details of the requirements in your state please click the following link:
You CANNOT vote if you are:
(a) A non-citizen, which includes permanent legal residents;
(b) A U.S. citizens residing in U.S. territories;
(c) Have felony convictions. Rules vary by state. Check with your state elections office about the laws in your state. For example, in Florida, Kentucky, and Iowa, anyone with a Felony conviction is permanently banned from voting. In Vermont and Maine, everyone of legal age is allowed to vote, regardless of criminal history (those currently serving time may vote via absentee ballot). Other states vary between these two extremes, some depending on what crime was committed, some allowing those on parole to vote, others allowing those no longer in prison or on parole to vote.
(d) Are mentally incapacitated. Rules vary by state.
Who May You Vote For?
In the General Election, you may vote for any Presidential candidate on the ballot from any party.
It does not matter if you voted in your state’s primaries or caucuses or not.
Neither does it matter who you voted for in the primaries or caucuses.
Also, you do not have to be registered with a political party.
The Electoral College
When you vote, you don’t vote directly for the President; you are voting to pick your state’s Electoral College, who have pledged, but are not legally bound, to vote for the candidate you selected on your ballot.
Each state gets Electoral College votes based on population.
Only Nebraska and Maine split their Electoral College vote according to the popular vote for the state. The rest of the states and the District of Colombia are winner take all.
The Electoral College votes are the ones that actually select the next President of the United States.
That is why you see all the talking heads on TV doing a running tally of Electoral College votes on election night.
A candidate needs a minimum of 270 of the available 538 electoral votes to win the presidency.
If that does not happen, either due to an even split or a third party candidate taking enough of the votes so that no one reaches 270, the vote then goes to Congress, with the House of Representatives picking the President and the Senate picking the Vice President via voting. Each state chooses one representative to vote.
There have been four elections in US history where a nominee has lost the popular vote (individual votes) but won the overall Election: John Quincy Adams in 1824, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, Benjamin Harrison in 1888, and George W Bush in 2000.
There have only been two US elections where a candidate won 100% of the Electoral College votes, and those were the first two. In 1789, running against John Adams, George Washington was unanimously elected by the Electoral College. In 1792, Washington ran unopposed, but the Electoral College still voted, giving him 100% of the votes.
Why Is The General Election Always On A Tuesday?
In America voting traditionally takes place on a Tuesday because of farmers. Back in the mid 1800’s when the majority of Americans were farmers and church goers, Sunday was a day of worship, and Wednesday was market day for farmers. In order to give voters Monday to travel to their county seat, early Tuesday to vote, with time to return home for market on Wednesday, Tuesday was selected as Election Day.
Recently there have been pushes to make Election Day a national holiday to help increase voter turnout.
Now Make Sure You DO Vote
Those are the main things you need to know. All that is left now is for you to make sure you are registered in time and that you turn out on November 8 to cast your vote for Donald Trump.
We hope that Mr. Trump will win easily, but if he happened to lose by one vote, you don’t want to be the one who stayed at home on Election Day.