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How to register to vote

An Arkansas voter registration form

An Arkansas voter registration form

Billie Firmin

An Arkansas voter registration form

Billie Firmin

Billie Firmin

An Arkansas voter registration form

Billie Firmin, Editor

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Voting has been a staple of American democracy since its founding. Our representatives, presidents, school board members, and countless others are chosen through the voting process. Voting gives Americans a voice and a say in who represents them politically.

Unfortunately, the right to vote is not utilized as it should be. According to the Pew Research Center, only 56 percent of those older than eighteen cast a vote in the 2016 general election. This is partly because many Americans do not know how to register to vote.

Voter registration laws differ by state. In Arkansas, to be eligible to vote, registrants must be United States citizens and residents of Arkansas, eighteen by or on election day, and cannot be convicted felons.
Registrants can obtain a voter registration application from a local county clerk, revenue or Department of Motor Vehicles office, public library, disability agency, the Arkansas Secretary of State Elections Division or military recruitment office. Applications can also be found online here.

After the application has been processed and approved, registrants will be sent a voter registration card. Registrants can also check their registration status online at www.voterview.org.

To vote in the 2018 midterm election, you must register by October 6 or one month prior to election day.

Although the idea of a single vote may sound insignificant, every single vote counts. By voting, you are making a difference in your community and allowing your voice to be heard in your country. If you will be eighteen by election day, consider registering to vote- because your vote matters.

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