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Voter’s Handbook How voting works. Can anybody vote in America? No, must meet qualifications Voting Qualifications U.S. Citizen 18 yrs or older.

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1 Voter’s Handbook How voting works

2 Can anybody vote in America? No, must meet qualifications Voting Qualifications U.S. Citizen 18 yrs or older

3 Who sets the “qualifications” to vote? Originally… Constitution gave power to states Since Civil War… Amendments, laws, court decisions give details Why???

4 Does your vote really count? Yes!!! Every vote counts Some elections lost by 1 vote

5 What is the first step to voting? But, other countries don’t have to, why do we? To prevent voting fraud “Vote Early and Often”

6 How can I register to vote? Different for each state National Voter Registration Act (1995) States must make registration forms available at state offices Motor vehicle dept. Welfare offices

7 Voting Procedures You vote at a polling place, in your home precinct Sign-In Check signature Enter voting booth

8 Types of Ballots Office-group ballot President  John McCain Republican Party  Barack Obama Democratic Party  Ralph Nader Green Party Ticket-splitting??? Party-column ballot  Republican Party John McCain (President) Sarah Palin (Vice-President)  Democratic Party Barack Obama (President) Joe Biden (Vice-President)

9 Special Circumstances Help ensure all Americans can vote Absentee Ballot- if can’t make election you can sign up to vote before, send by mail Out of town Hospitalized Physical Disability Jail (misdemeanor)

10 Voting esults/president/http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/r esults/president/ Finish the questions on pg. 491 Start questions on pg. 497 #1-5


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