right to vote


THIS IS A NONPARTISAN GUIDE TO U.S. FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL ELECTIONS, INCLUDING SCHOOL BOARD AND STUDENT ELECTIONS. YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN BALLOT MEASURES, FEDERAL & STATE CANDIDATES, POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS, PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, RIGHT TO BE A CANDIDATE, RIGHT TO VOTE AND STUDENT CIVIC & POLITICAL GROUPS.

 

constitution - federal & state

  • FEDERAL - NO DISCRIMINATION (IN TERMS OF A CITIZEN'S RIGHT TO VOTE) ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, PREVIOUS CONDITION OF SERVITUDE, SEX, FAILURE TO PAY A POLL TAX OR COMPLETE A LITERACY TEST OR AGE (WHEN THE CITIZEN HAS REACHED THE AGE OF 18).  VOTING LOCATIONS MUST BE ACCESSIBLE/MAKE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE ELDERLY/HANDICAPPED.   REASONABLE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS ARE SET BY EACH STATE, ALONG WITH VOTER REGISTRATION/VOTER ID RULES.
  • MINNESOTA -  GENERALLY, THE RIGHT TO VOTE CAN ONLY BE DENIED BECAUSE OF A CITIZEN'S AGE (IF THE PERSON IS UNDER 18), RESIDENCY (MUST LIVE IN THE STATE FOR 30 DAYS), CONVICTION OF TREASON/FELONY, A PERSON WHO IS UNDER GUARDIANSHIP OR FOUND TO BE INSANE OR MENTALLY INCOMPETENT.  "Every person 18 years of age or more who has been a citizen of the United States for three months and who has resided in the precinct for 30 days next preceding an election shall be entitled to vote in that precinct. The place of voting by one otherwise qualified who has changed his residence within 30 days preceding the election shall be prescribed by law. The following persons shall not be entitled or permitted to vote at any election in this state: A person not meeting the above requirements; a person who has been convicted of treason or felony, unless restored to civil rights; a person under guardianship, or a person who is insane or not mentally competent."
  • NORTH DAKOTA - GENERALLY, THE RIGHT TO VOTE CAN ONLY BE DENIED BECAUSE OF CITIZEN'S AGE (IF THE PERSON IS UNDER 18), RESIDENCY (MUST LIVE IN THE STATE FOR 30 DAYS), CONVICTION OF TREASON/FELONY, A PERSON WHO IS UNDER GUARDIANSHIP OR FOUND TO BE INSANE OR MENTALLY INCOMPETENT.   Section 1. The general election of the state shall be held biennially as provided by law. Only a citizen of the United States, who has attained the age of eighteen years and who is a North Dakota resident, shall be a qualified elector. When an elector moves within the state, he shall be entitled to vote in the precinct from which he moves until he establishes voting residence in another precinct. The legislative assembly shall provide by law for the determination of residence for voting eligibility, other than physical presence. No elector shall
    lose his residency for voting eligibility solely by reason of his absence from the state.
    The legislative assembly shall provide by law for secrecy in voting, for absentee voting, for administration of elections and for the nomination of candidates.
    Section 2. No person who has been declared mentally incompetent by order of a court or other authority having jurisdiction, which order has not been rescinded, shall be qualified to vote. No person convicted of a felony shall be qualified to vote until his or her civil rights are restored.
    Section 3. Only a qualified elector may vote in any general, special, or primary election for a federal, statewide, state legislative, district, county, township, city, or school district office, or for a statewide, district, or political subdivision ballot measure.
  • WISCONSIN - Every United States citizen age 18 or older who is a resident of an
  • election district in this state is a qualified elector of that district.

legislation - federal & state

voting rights enforcement & oversight