2 Qualifications States decide voter qualifications Over time, the qualifications have changed to include many more people
3 States require voters to be citizens an legal residents of the state in which they want to vote In most cases, people must have lived in a state for a certain period of time before they may vote there.The was designed to give people time to get to know the State’s issues as well as to prevent outsiders from affecting local elections.Most States also forbid transients, or people living in a State for only a short time, from voting there.
4 Age qualification There is an age requirement for voting. 26th amendment in 1971 established 18 at the age at which a State may not deny a person the right to vote
5 Voter registration 49 states require voter registration North Dakota does not require a registrationDesigned to give official lists of registered voters, called poll booksState law requires officials to periodically review the poll books and purge, or remove the names of those no longer able to vote.
6 Today, no State has a voter requirement of literacy—the ability to read or write. Nor does any State require a poll tax, a tax paid for voting.
7 Denying the right to vote All States deny the right to vote to people in mental institutions or those legally considered mentally incompetent.Most States also deny the right to vote to anyone who has been convicted of a serious crime.
8 State citizenship – required by all state State Residence – most states require days, average – 30 daysAge – minimum of 18Voter Registration – required by 49 statesMental Competency – no state allows voting right to any in mental institution or legally considered mentally incompetentCriminal record – most deny voting rights to anyone convicted of a serious crime