Registering to vote is one of the most important things you can do. The right to vote without fear of harassment, reprisal, or coercion is one of the signs of a strong democratic government.
Registering to vote is not hard, and many people mark their 18thbirthday—which also happens to be how old you must be before you can legally vote—by doing just that. In the U. S., registering to vote can be done in one of two ways:
1.Downloading or procuring a copy of The National Mail Voter Registration Form, completing it, and mailing it to your state elections office.
2.Going to your state elections office (this may be in a county courthouse or other government building) and registering in person.
If you are in the military or live overseas for other reasons, you can find out how to register to vote by using Canada 411 resources. (Just because the name says “Canada” doesn’t mean you can’t find information pertinent to the U. S). Once you are registered to vote, you will probably be given information on where your voting station is located. If you aren’t, again you can use Canada 411 resources to find out.
In Canada, the voting registration process is a little different. You can register to vote by checking the box on your federal income tax return. This will automatically add your name to the voters list. You can also contact your local returning officer (this is what Canada calls its election officials). They can give you information on how to register to vote. You can find out who your returning officer is by using Canada 411 resources.
You can also register at the advance poll. You will need a photo idea or two pieces of identification from a list of those documents that can serve as identification authorization. Again, using Canada 411 resources can help you find out which documents these are.