US election day 2016 is fast approaching with less than two weeks left in the countdown. While the world is busy arguing who’s the better candidate, some voters are still uninformed on where to vote and what is happening.
Before the November 8 elections, here’s a recap of all the things you need to know to prepare you for the US election day 2016:
US Elections 2016: Where to Vote and Voter Registration:
Prior to voting, a citizen must first register to vote. Luckily, in most states online registration and renewal of records are available. However, to be certain, it is best to check if your state allows online registration. By visiting vote.gov, you can confirm by choosing from which state you come from.
If allowed, you can register online by accomplishing given requirements stated on the website. Requirements differ from state to state but usually these are the following items you need to have:
- Your most recentDMV issued driver license, permit or Non-Driver ID as well as the ID and document number.
- Current ZIP Code on record with the DMV
- Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSN)
In addition, these are the criteria to allow one to register as a voter:
- U.S. Citizen
- 18 years old by the end of this year
- Residing at present address at least 30 days before election
- Currently not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
- Mentally competent
- Not claim the right to vote elsewhere
On election day, citizens can proceed to the polls to cast their votes. However, what will truly determine elections is an electoral college. The process for the entire US elections is explained by the US government. Whoever wins majority electoral vote becomes the country’s new commander-in-chief.
US Elections 2016: Polls Location and Safety
While there is an option to vote early or via absentee voting, a poll location is assigned to those still opting to vote on election day. It is dependent on the residence of each voter so it’s best to check here first where your’s is. For persons with disabilities, voting in a different location not assigned to them is allowed.
Elections this year is different from any the country has had. The two candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has been head to head against each other. But so are their supporters.
Reports warn of possible violence during election day. Some are even requesting military presence to ensure that there will be safe elections.
So, just to be in the safe side, it is best to keep low-key about your selected candidate and make sure to respect other’s choice. Despite fears of danger, everyone is still encouraged to vote for the US elections 2016.