How the Voting Process Works

How the Voting Process Works

( – Voting for the first time can be intimidating, and it takes a little bit of work on your part. Citizens are not automatically registered to vote in the US. That means if you want to choose your representatives, you’re going to do a little bit of work and research.

Here’s what you need to do to cast a ballot.

Choose a Party

Before you do anything, you are going to want to research the various parties in your state and decide which you want to join. Technically, you don’t have to choose one, but if you live in a closed primary state that’s the only way you’ll be able to vote in primaries.

Once you know what you want to do about that, you can move on to the next step.

Register to Vote

Next, you need to register to vote. You can do this in a few different ways. First, you can go to, and follow the prompts on the screen. The portal teaches you everything you need to know about how to register in your particular state.

If you’d rather do it in person, you can ask about it the next time you’re at the DMV. Your state might allow you to fill out the paperwork right there. Or you can go to the Supervisor of Elections’ office and file it there.

Learn More

When you walk into your voting precinct, you want to do it confidently. The only way to do that is to research the candidates and ballot measures before you go. Each candidate has a campaign website, check that out. Then research their records or positions in depth.

Make sure you look at the oppo-research their opponents have made public. That will tell you a lot about who they really are when they think nobody’s looking.


If you’ve done everything we talked about above, you are ready to cast your ballot and cast it proudly. Congratulations!

Finally, you can

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