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How To: Vote!


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Will you be 18 by Voting Day? Have you been anxiously watching the Presidential debates? Are you tearing your hair out trying to figure out how to register and how to vote?

Worry no more. Registering is simple and doesn’t take long, and voting is an easy process.

You can register in person or fill out a form and mail it in. To register in person, just go to your local County Clerk’s office, which you can find with a quick Google search. To fill out a form, you can pick it up in person at your local DMV.

Or, you can go to and print off the registration form for your county. Registering only requires filling out your name and address and a few other details, and will only take a few minutes. Complete and postmark your registration by October 12, if you want to vote in this election.

As for voting itself, just make sure to show up at a local polling place on Voting Day between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., and bring identification, like your drivers’ license. If you’re still in line at 7 p.m., don’t worry- you still get to vote and your vote will still be counted. Just make sure to double-check  your ballot, and remember you don’t have to vote on every issue if you don’t want to.

And if you’re still confused as to who you want to vote for? Turns out that’s easy, too. A quick Google search of “Donald Trump issues” or “Hillary Clinton issues” will pop up with a list of the candidate’s views on subjects ranging from foreign policy to energy to healthcare, with official statements from each candidate as well as quotes from news stories where they speak their views.

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How To: Vote!