The next presidential election is in November 2020. If you are 18 or older, you have a right to register to vote and actually go to your voting poll site to help your fellow citizens in the USA decide who will make our laws (representatives, senators, local council members) and who will carry out our laws (governors, mayors, the US president) and more. Just bring your driver’s license or state ID with you for identification.
It wasn’t always this way. Before 1971, you couldn’t vote until you were 21 even though you took Government class in high school. Before 1965 in many states, you may have had to pay money or work for the county to vote, or pass a test first. Before 1920, only men could vote. Before 1866, you had to be a white man who owned land to vote. Many activists are still fighting for everyone’s right to vote. In our constitutional form of government in the USA, it is believed that the combined judgment of common people like you and me will decide who can best lead this country in which we live together and share the present and the future. If we mess up in one election, we can always correct it in the next election.
Please note! You need to be registered to vote. Go to your Bureau of Motor Vehicles or register on line ASAP!