Super Tuesday is this week, March 1, 2016! The presidential debates have been very entertaining this year. The candidates are very diverse. If you’re a democrat, you’ll need to choose between Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. On the republican side, you have Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson or John Kasich. Make sure you’re registerd to vote.
Fisher Hill has an English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker series which includes many stories with informational text. One is on Voting from English Reading Comprehension for the Spanish Speaker Book 6.
Do you vote? Do you vote in the local, state and national elections? Are you registered to vote? Before you can vote, you need to be registered to vote. You will need to fill out a registration form. These forms can be found at your local public library, department of motor vehicles (DMV), schools, or on line. After you fill out the form, mail it to the address located on the form. Most states require that you register thirty days before you plan to vote. There are seven states that allow you to register on the day that you vote. These states are: Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. In these states, voters can register when they arrive at the polls. Five of these seven states rank highest in the nation in voter turnout.
You need to be eighteen years or older in order to vote and a citizen of the United States of America. Some states do not allow convicted felons to vote. If you’re a college student living away from home, you may register to vote in the college’s city, even if that is not your permanent address.
When registering to vote, you may declare an affiliation with a political party. The two most popular political parties in the United States are the Democrat and Republican parties. In partisan elections, such as primary elections, this allows voters who are members of a particular party to determine which of the party’s candidates will be the party’s nominee in the general election. In several states, elections are nonpartisan and voters may vote in any one of the party primaries. In these nonpartisan elections, a voter requests a particular party’s ballot when checking in at the polling place.
In general elections, you may choose to vote for all of a particular party’s candidates (straight-ticket voting) or to vote for candidates from different parties for different offices. For example, you may vote for the Democrat candidate for President, the Republican candidate for Senator, and the Independent Party candidate for Governor. In a general election, one’s political party affiliation does not determine which party’s candidates one may vote for.
Where do you go to vote? You go to the polling place. The polling place will be near your home in a community center, school, or even in a neighbor’s garage. Several weeks before the election, you will receive a sample ballot in the mail which will have the location of the polling place where you can go to vote.
Register to vote! Tell your friends and relatives to register so everyone can vote and be part of the democratic process.
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