Your Vote
Use your vote
With Election Day right around the corner, it is important to register to vote now. Do not Do not take for granted your ability to effect change. Follow these guidelines and start making a difference.

By Keith Goble, state legislative editor

Deadline to register

Each state has a different deadline for voter registration, but in many states you need to register at least 20 days before Election Day. This year, Election Day is Nov. 8. Check the story at right to see whether your state’s deadline has passed. If you’ve missed the deadline, don’t give up. Go ahead and register now so you will be ready for the upcoming presidential election.

Rules for registering

For most states, you can register to vote in person or via mail. Depending on your state, you may be able to print your registration form from a website or pick one up in person from the DMV, local board of elections office, post office, library or other locations designated by state officials. See Page 53 for your state’s elections office phone number and web address.

Who can vote?

As long as you’re 18 or older, an American citizen, and a resident of the state where you’re planning to register, you have an equal chance to decide who you want to run your country, your state, your county and your town.

Where to vote

After you’ve sent in your registration form, your state will mail out details about your polling place. Some states will send a voter registration ID card, which you may be required to show at the polls. Other states require a photo ID at the polls.
Many states also offer advance voting, voting by mail and absentee voting – making it possible for truckers to make their voices heard no matter where they happen to be on Election Day. LL