Democracy Explained

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Mailing In Your Vote: Important Dates

Voters in California and Michigan mail their ballots three days before Election Day. Each ballot is postmarked three days before Election Day and arrives the day after Election Day. Yet, only one ballot counts. Why?

Am I Eligible to Vote by Mail?

One important rule to be aware of when considering whether to absentee vote is if your state requires that you have a specific reason or “excuse” for absentee voting. Here are some of the key differences to be aware of.

Want to Vote Early? Here’s How.

This year many states have expanded early voting options to accommodate the effects of the pandemic. Whether your state offers in-person early voting or early absentee voting, make sure to make your voting plan.

First, We Register

In the United States, the first step to vote unfortunately isn’t as easy as just turning 18. You first have to register to vote and every state has different rules and regulations for this step that vary widely.

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