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How Much Do You Actually Know About Voting And Elections?

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  1. Why do we vote on a Tuesday?

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    Wrong! 

    To ensure that farmers are able to make it to the polls.

    The Tuesday after the first Monday in November was designated as voting day in 1845, when the US was still a largely agrarian society and many people lived far from polling places. This way, farmers could participate in the election without having to travel on the Sabbath and they could return home in time for market day, which was typically on Wednesday.

  2. How many states allow early voting?

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    Wrong! 

    42 states and the District of Columbia

    42 states plus the District of Columbia allow citizens to vote early. Voting early is often best to avoid crowds and long lines. Be sure to check the rules in your state to ensure your voting experience is as easy as possible.

  3. What percentage of eligible citizens voted in the 2016 presidential election?

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    58%

    Just over half of eligible voters cast their vote in 2016. This was a .5% uptick from the previous election in 2012.

  4. What percentage of eligible voters cast their vote in the 2018 midterm elections?

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    Wrong! 

    53%

    53% of eligible voters turned out for the 2016 midterms. The highest voter turnout for a midterm election since the census began collecting the data in 1978!

  5. What constitutional amendment gave Black men the right to vote?

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    The 15th Amendment

    The 15th Amendment, adopted into the Constitution in 1870, granted Black men the right to vote. However, Black women were still legally denied the right to vote until the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. Despite these amendments, Black people often faced unfair barriers and outright violence when trying to cast their votes. Even today, many Black communities suffer disproportionately from voter suppression tactics.

  6. How many states plus the District of Columbia offer same-day voter registration?

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    21

    Only 21 states and the District of Columbia offer same-day voter registration.

  7. How many Electoral College votes does a candidate need to win the presidency?

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    270

    A candidate needs 270 out of 538 electoral votes to win the presidency.

  8. What age group votes the most?

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    Wrong! 

    65+

    66% of people 65 and older voted in the last midterm election in 2018 compared to just 35.6% of people 18–29.

  9. When was the voting age lowered from 21 to 18?

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    Wrong! 

    1972

    The voting age was lowered to 18 in 1971 with the 26th Amendment. Eighteen-year-olds participated for the first time in the 1972 election.

  10. I have to reregister to vote every year.

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    Wrong! 

    False

    Once you are registered you only have to reregister if you move, change your name, or want to switch political parties.

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