There are rules. In the past, voting rules discriminated against groups such minorities, the disabled, and women. Discriminating against these groups prevented the balance of power from changing. No say. No power. Now voting is one area where rules are less than in the past. Most of the laws instead of exclusion, now protect the rights of individuals.
What are the qualifications for voting?. You have to be a citizen of the United States. America is a country of immigrants, but to exercise your right to vote, you have to be a native or go through the process of citizenship. The Twenty-sixth amendment states one has to be at least the age of eighteen. By that time you have had the opportunity to become educated about our nation and its issues. A person needs a residence, or an address. Requiring a residence prevents someone from organizing a group that trips the light fantastic by voting numerous times for certain candidates. The Nineteenth and Fifteenth amendments to the Constitution prevent anyone from disqualifying someone from voting because of ethnicity or sex.
Rules that disqualify a person from voting are not in every state, but are present. If one has been officially declared mentally incompetent, you are not allowed to vote. If one is currently residing in prison, you do not get a vote. Conviction of election fraud removes your privilege to vote. If you have no residence and are homeless, unfortunately, you do not get to vote.
Registering to vote is a good idea. Registration is the process where you certify your qualifications and are placed on the voting lists. You generally receive a card periodically stating you are an eligible voter. Taking the card to an election speeds the process of getting to vote. If you do not have a card, the volunteers there will certify you for voting anyway.
Exercise your right to vote and change the world. It worked for our forefathers.