The Importance of Voting Edit

America has a form of democratic government in which citizens elect officials to represent their views in government. By electing officials, people are able to hold power over the government. That is why the founding fathers gave citizens the right to vote. It is important that as many people as possible vote in the elections, so that the true desires of the population can be represented.

The Importance of One Vote Edit

  • In 1800, Aaron Burr lost the presidency by one vote. 
  • In 1845, Texas became a part of the Union by one vote.
  • In 1868, President Andrew Johnson escaped impeachment by one vote.
  • In 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes became President by one vote.
  • In 1923, Adolf Hitler took the leadership of the Nazi Party with just one vote.
  • In 1960, John F. Kennedy beat Richard Nixon for the presidency by a margin of less than one vote per precinct.

Requirements and Procedures for NY Voters Edit

In order to vote in New York, a person must first must complete the voter registration.


Requirements for Registration Edit

-Must be a US citizen

-Must be 18 years old by December 31st of the year they are registering

-Must not be in prison or on parole for felony conviction

-Must not be deemed mentally incompetent by the court.

-Must not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

Procedure for voting Edit

In order to vote, you must register at least 25 days before the next election. Registration can be done online, in-person, or through mail. After you have registered to vote, you can get prepared to vote. Though many states require a photo ID to vote, in New York, you do not need to bring ID with you to vote. Early voting is not permitted in New York. Voters may be eligible to vote absentee for any of the following reasons

  1. Absence from the county on Election Day
  2. Illness or disability
  3. Patient care at a Veteran's Administration hospital
  4. Incarceration for offenses other than felonies or awaiting grand jury action

In such cases, absentee ballot applications must be mailed to county board of elections no later than 7 days before the election. If delivered in person, it should be given at least one day before the election. Also, convicted criminals are given back their voting rights upon completion of their prison time and parole.

Upcoming Elections for New York and Suffolk County Edit

In Suffolk county, polls are open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM for both primary and general elections.

Upcoming Elections Edit

Primary Elections- September 12, 2017

General Elections- November 7th, 2017

Reflection Questions Edit

  • How does the product you created encourage citizens to vote? My product encourages people to vote by showing why voting is important and the impact of one vote.
  • What obstacles did you encounter when researching and developing your product? It was difficult to find information about local elections.
  • Would you recommend any changes in the voter registration procedures you researched? If so, what would you recommend? No, I think the voter registration process in New York is great.
  • Based on your research, what do you think should be done to increase voter registration in the United States? I think that states should do more to show younger voters how easy it is to register to vote.

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