Election 2012 FAQ: Answers to Top 10 Questions Asked Online

Nov 6, 2012 2:50pm

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Voters wait in line at the Memorial High School polling station in Manchester, N.H., Nov. 6, 2012. (Getty Images)


Where do I vote?

Voters can head to their local polling places usually at public locations–either libraries or elementary schools. To find out where you vote, go to Canivote.org and select the ‘Find your polling place.’ This option will provide you with a drop down menu where you can select the state you are voting in. Once you select your state, you will be redirected to a new website with a list of counties in your state. Find the county where you’re voting in and you’ll see a link titled, ‘List of County Polling Place Locations.’

Voting locations

Voting locations vary by the county in the state you live in. To check which county you are registered to vote in, visit U.S. Census Bureau and type in your zip code.

Voting hours

Voting hours vary depending on the county and state you are voting in. To find out what time your polling place closes, visit Canivote.org.

Am I registered to vote?

Each state requires different rules and restrictions when registering to vote. To find out if you’re registered to vote in a particular state, go to usa.gov and search for your state. Once you locate your state, you will be redirected to your state’s website where you can research their voting and registration policies.

Another website to help you register to vote is Can I Vote. One you’re here, you’ll see an option called, ‘Check your registration info.’ You’ll see a drop-down menu to select your state. Follow the instructions once you’ve selected your state.

Who to vote for in 2012

When choosing a candidate to support with your vote, it’s important to highlight what issues concern you personally and how your candidate views those same issues. Do you and either candidate agree on where you stand on such issues as women’s healthcare, immigration or the economy?

To educate yourself on what issues the candidates support, visit their individual websites. To learn more about the policies for Republican challenger Mitt Romney, visit http://www.mittromney.com/. To find out what policies incumbent President Barack Obama supports, visit http://www.barackobama.com/.

Am I registered to vote in Texas?

To find out if you’re registered to vote in Texas, visit Vote Texas. This website will help you determine whether you are a registered voter in the State of Texas.

Am I registered to vote in Pennsylvania?

Visit VotesPA to find out what Pennsylvania’s various voter registration requirements are.

Can convicted felons vote? 

Generally, the answer to this question varies by state law and voting requirements.

If so, in what states can convicted felons vote? There are only two states where convicted felons can vote, Maine and Vermont.

For more information on voting for convicted felons, click here.

Sample ballots

To see what your sample ballot in your state would look like, visit Vote USA to enter in your zip code or your state.

How to register to vote in Illinois

To register to vote in Illinois, visit this website.

If you do not vote in the primary of presidential election can you still vote in the general election?

Yes, you can.

Reasons why people should vote:

- Civic duty

- It’s your right as an American

- Your friends won’t give you a hard time

What amendment gives you the right to vote at 18 years old?

In 1971, Congress passed the 26th Amendment to the Constitution extending suffrage to 18-year-olds. In July of that same year, President Richard Nixon signed the 26thAmendment into law which grants citizens 18 years and old to participate in the voting process.

For more information, click here.

What was the first nation to allow women the right to vote?

The first nation to allow women the right to vote was New Zealand in September of 1893.

When did US women get the right to vote? Women in the US were given the right to vote in 1920.

 

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