THE POWER OF THE VOTE
The Importance of Voting
Voting is one of the most important rights and responsibilities that U.S. citizens have. About 150 million American citizens are qualified to vote. Unfortunately, many don’t. They give up on a chance to choose leaders and representatives who will do things that are important to them.
Nobody can force a citizen to vote. But many citizens do vote, because voting lets them tell the government what they want it to do. If citizens think they’re paying too many taxes, they can vote for a person who promises to lower taxes. If citizens want more services, they can vote for someone who will promise to spend funds to gain more services.
Every Vote Counts
It’s also important for citizens to know how to work the voting machines or to mark the ballots they’ll be using when they vote, so that their votes will be counted. Why is that so important? Because every vote counts! An election might be decided by a single vote and history would be changed because a person got…or lost…that one vote!
VOTERS GUIDE (FULL DOCUMENT)
VOTERS GUIDE FACTS SHEET
HOW TO CHECK IF YOU ARE REGISTERED
NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF ELECTIONS
POLLING LOCATIONS IN NEW JERSEY
HOW TO VOTE IN PERSON IN NEW JERSEY
TIMELINE OF VOTING RIGHTS HISTORY
Your vote may not directly elect the president, but if your vote joins enough others in your voting district or county, your vote undoubtedly matters when it comes to electoral results. Most states have a “winner take all” system where the popular vote winner gets the state’s electoral votes. There are also local and state elections to consider. While presidential or other national elections usually get a significant voter turnout, local elections are typically decided by a much smaller group of voters.