Voting. A presentation by the League of Women Voters of Wayne County Eleanor Drake (retired Monroe #1 BOCES) and Sandra Keller (retired Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES). Legislative: Congress Congress can: Hold public hearings. Write and pass laws. Override presidential vetoes.
Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.
A presentation by the
League of Women Voters of
(retired Monroe #1 BOCES)
(retired Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES)
The President can:
Meet with foreign leaders.
Recommend legislation to Congress.
Sign into law bills passed by Congress.
Veto bills passed by Congress.
Send troops overseas.
Subject to Congressional Approval, the president also can:
Appoint ambassadors to foreign countries.
Appoint justices to the Supreme Court.
Appoint cabinet heads.
Declare war.BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT
Judicial: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court can:
Rule on court cases that question interpretation of the Constitution.
Supervise the operations of all federal courts.
Overrule all decisions made by lower federal courts.
Overrule decisions about federal laws made by state courts.
Can influence each branch of government!
Legislative: Vote for Senator and Representative
Executive: Vote for President
Judicial: Your President and Senator can appoint/confirm any proposed Supreme Court Justice
Imagine you live in a rural farming community with limited contact with the outside world.
Imagine the year is 1775 and you are living in the colonies under the rule of the King and now open your eyes.
Do you think this is right? Do you trust me to make 100% of the decisions affecting your future? Do you think I will make choices based on what’s best for you or do you think I will make choices based on what is best for me?
This led to the start of the Revolutionary War.
So they felt having a right to participate in the running of their communities was so important they were willing to risk their lives to get it.
The Revolutionary War was fought and 25,324 people died fighting for the right to vote and to have a say in the running of their communities. Hostilities were officially ended and in 1783 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris the United States was officially formed.
Oops, did I say everyone? I didn’t mean everyone I meant just men.
Wrong again. Did I say men? I meant just white men.
Strike three. Did I say white men? I meant just white male property owners. If you are one, please join me.
Thomas Pickering, Massachusetts politician
Portrait of Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene, 1783
Major Richard Platt, Continental Army, Revolutionary War, New York
Freeholders Lists c.(1798-1817)
A Return of the Freeholders of the Town of Neversink, in the County of Ulster, Made by the Subscribers, June 20th, 1800,To Serve as Juriors in the above County__
Note: Freeholders were defined by Statute, from the Laws of 1786, as persons possessing real property worth at least 60 pounds, above all mortgages and other encumbrances. Freeholders had voting rights in elections and could also serve on jury panels. This list, dated June 20 1800 is from the Town of Neversink, now in Sullivan County
Did I say everyone? I didn’t mean everyone I just meant men. So if you’re a man (part of definition age 21+), please come join us on this side of the room as a member of the voting public.
Do you think this is right?
Do you trust them to make 100% of thedecisions affecting your future? When push comes to shove, do you think they will make choices based on what’s best for them or best for you?
School House Rock
No. Voting is so powerful that many states used voter suppression efforts like literacy tests and other means to keep your voice from possibly changing the way things were in your communities. It wasn’t until the civil rights movement and the eventual passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965 that you had the power to vote, backed up by the authority of government. Without the power of enforcement any right is no more than just words on a page.
And any right, not used, is equally as impotent.
Addition to this law was the 24th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, ratified in 1964, prohibiting poll taxes as a qualification for voting in federal elections.
Need to connect to this web page
Because until 1971 how old did you have to be to vote? 21. But what
was happening in the late 1960’s and early seventies? We were in a
conflict in Vietnam, right? And during this conflict, with what method
was the government finding soldiers to fight? The draft, right?
So the government was saying that at 18 you were old enough to die for
your country but you weren’t old enough to take part in the decision to
elect those people who were going to send you to fight?
Is this right? Is this fair?
Is this fair?
Do you like it?
What are the requirements to register?
You must be a United States citizen; 18 years old by election day; and a resident of your county, city, town or village for a least 30 days before Election Day.
BY MAIL: Mail registration forms are available from your county Board of Elections, town and city halls, post office, political party, various state agency offices and the League of Women Voters.
A new federal law requires persons who register by mail for the first time to provide identification. Identification means a current NYS driver’s license or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have a current NYS driver’s license, you need to provide the last four digits of your social security number. If you do not have either, you may provide a copy of a valid photo ID, OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or some other government documentation that shows your name and address.
Completed forms must be mailed to the county Board of Elections at least 25 days before Election Day. Mail registration forms can also be obtained by downloading them from the New York State Board of Elections’ Web site (http://www.elections.state.ny.us). Online registration does not exist in New York State.
Most county Boards of Elections will mail a special postcard to you noting that you are reigstered and telling you where you vote (your polling place). If you don’t get a card within 4 to 6 weeks after completing your application, call your Board of Elections to see if your application was processed. However, if you do not receive a card and believe you are registered, you can still vote by affidavit ballot.
You may pre-register when you are 17 years old, but you must be 18 by Election Day to vote.
I am on parole from prison for a felony conviction. Can I vote?
No. Individuals in jail, prison, or on parole for a felony conviction cannot vote. Once parole is completed, you will be eligible to vote.
I am in jail awaiting grand jury action. Can I still vote?
Yes, the following list indicates individuals who are eligible to vote: those convicted of a misdemeanor; those currently in jail awaiting grand jury action, trial or disposition of a case but not convicted of a felony; those convicted of a felony who do not receive a sentence of imprisonment.
You should register to vote in the county of your permanent address. List the jail or prison address as the place where you receive your mail temporarily.
Yes you can register to vote if you meet the other requirements. You should list the address of the shelter or other place where you regularly stay. You will receive a postcard from the Board of Elections at the address you list telling you where to vote.
Will I ever have to re-register?
Your registration is permanent unless you move. Name, address and party enrollment changes can be made by submitting a new registration application. If you move within your county or within the City of New York, you need only to send your county Board of Elections a simple change of address postcard.
Do I have to choose a political party when I register to vote?
No, it is your choice. Just mark the appropriate box.
HOWEVER, declaring a party allows you to vote in that party’s primary election which is open only to party members. Also, only enrolled party members can sign nominating petitions, which are circulated by candidates seeking public office.
You do not have to vote for your party’s candidates in the general election. You may vote for any candidate from any party.
A primary is an election that takes place within each of the political parties before the general election. When two or more members of one political party wish to run for the same position (State Senator, for example) the votes of party members in the primary will decide which will be the party’s candidate. If there is only one candidate running from a party, there is no primary.
What do I need when I go to vote?
You must be registered. If you do not provide identification with the registration form, you will be asked for it the first time you votes. Acceptable forms of ID include a valid photo ID, OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address
Primary election in New York State are held on the second Tuesday in September. Generally polls are open from 12 noon to 9 pm.
General elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Most polling place are open from 6 am until 9 pm; some, however, open at noon. Check with the county Board of Elections
Voting on school budgets and the election of school board members usually occurs on the same day in May throughout New York State. Some village and town elections are help in the spring.
If you believe your are eligible to vote, but your name is missing from the poll books, you are ENTITLED to an affidavit ballot, which is a paper ballot. Inspectors must provide with this ballot after they verify that you live in the election district. After the election, the Board of Elections will check its records and your vote will be counted if you are eligible to vote. Your county Board of Elections must notify you as to whether or not your vote was counted
Can I vote if I won’t be home on Election Day?
Yes. Any qualified registered voter may vote by absentee ballot if unable to vote in person due to : absence from town during voting hours, illness, physical disability, or active U.S. military service.
An application for an absentee ballot must be requested from the Board of Elections by mail no later than 8 days before Election Day, or in person until the day before Election Day. Absentee ballots are available for both primary and general elections
Your ballot must be postmarked by the day before the election or hand delivered on election day.
What if I join the military and get sent overseas?
There are special rules to make it easy for members of the Armed Forces to vote. Every unit in the Armed Forces has a voting officer who has a book explaining the voting requirements of each state.
Many polling places are now accessible to the handicapped. If yours is not, you may ask to have your records transferred to a nearby accessible polling place where the ballot will be the same as in your election district. This request must be made at least two weeks before the general election.
You may also vote by absentee ballot. If you have a long-term illness or disability, you can apply for a permanent absentee ballot and you will automatically receive your ballot before each primary and general election.
What is a special presidential ballot?
If you move shortly before Election Day and cannot met the residency requirements of your new place of residence, you need not lose your right to vote for a presidential candidate. You can apply for a special presidential ballot by mail at least 7 days before the election, or in person at the county Board of Elections until the day before the election. The ballot must be returned to the County Board of Elections by the day before the election.
When you are attending college at a school outside your hometown, you may vote in person or by absentee ballot in your home community. You must be registered in your hometown district to vote there.
Many states allow college students to register and vote where they attend college as the Census considers college students to be residents of their college communities. Check with the town or city clerk or the county Board of Elections in your college community to find out if you may vote from your college address.
Oops, I spilled my coffee on the map
Original Gerry district, MA
Abe Lincoln riding a vacuum cleaner
ne Nassau County, Long Island
Your vote is especially important in a census year because your representation in the following years could be changed due to population shifts.
Maffei, Daniel B., New York, 25th
Slaughter, Louise, New York, 28th
Lee, Christopher J., New York, 26th
In feudalism it was your count who voted.