The Presidential Election is only a few months away, and for eligible voters, it is quite an exciting time. From first-time voters, to those seeking to elect a candidate who can make a positive difference, it is sure to be quite the election. Here are some voting rights you may or may not know about:
- You must be 18 or older to vote, and you must be a United States citizen.
- Your address may be kept confidential by order of a superior court and/ or upon valid confirmation that you are a member of the Safe At Home Program.
- Employees can leave work to vote and still be paid for up to 2 hours, given that they do not have time to vote outside of regular work hours.
- If you have children who are under the age of 13 and you are unable to secure a babysitter, you may bring them to the voting booth with you.
- Voting polls close at 8 pm, meaning you have to be in line to vote by 8 pm. If you are in line by 7:55 pm, and 8 o’clock strikes, you will still be allowed to cast your vote.
- No action is required to restore voting rights for anyone who has served time in prison and completed parole. Once that person has completed parole, they are automatically eligible to vote again.
Voting is a right and a great privilege that is at risk when someone is arrested.People can still vote if they are on trial, but they cannot vote if they are convicted. Do not risk that chance.