Arizona Online School Teaches Practical Applications in Social Studies Class
A few weeks ago, upon completing his US/AZ Government class, a student at Hope High School Online, the Arizona online school where I teach social studies, mentioned to me, “This is great, I learned a lot, but how do I actually cast my ballot?” This was an interesting comment, as I realized that the process of voting is often glossed over in high-school classes. How can I remedy this? By creating a user-friendly, quick-and-easy guide to voting.
Eligibility to Vote
We want students to become good citizens. Our Arizona online school promotes social responsibility as a U.S. citizen. To begin with, you must establish your citizenship. You must be able to prove that you are a US citizen and a citizen of the county that you’re voting in. Citizenship can be established either with one form of photo I.D. or two forms of non-photo I.D. (Explained below.) Also, you cannot vote if you’ve been found guilty of a felony and your full rights have not yet been restored.
You can register in AZ at the Motor Vehicles Department when you get your driver’s license. It requires the completion of a very short form that asks for your name and town/county of legal residence.. You can also registered at www.servicearizona.com as well. (Remember that if you move, you must re-register as soon as possible.)
Where Do You Vote?
Finding out your designated polling place is easy. Go to www.azsos.gov. On this site, there is a place for you to place your street address and it will immediately give you the voting precinct you belong to in addition to your polling place.
What Do I Need to Bring to the Polls
You can bring one form of official photo I.D. such as the following:
- Valid AZ driver’s license
- Valid AZ non-operating identification license (state I.D.)
- Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
- Valid U.S. federal, state, or local government issued identification.
- (Note that something such as a school I.D. is not sufficient)
If you don’t have a photo I.D. with your name and address, you have another option. You can bring two of the following non-photo I.D. documents:
- Utility bill, such as for electric, gas, water, garbage, sewer, telephone, cell phone or cable
- Bank statement
- Valid AZ vehicle registration
- Indian census card
- Tribal enrollment card
- AZ vehicle insurance card
- Recorder’s certificate
- Voter registration card
- Any mailing to the elector marked “Official Election Material.”
Voting at the Polling Location
First, be prepared to stand in line and wait awhile. Many of the election volunteers are elderly, and therefore might not be the quickest in getting voters checked in. Once you’re called up, you will need to show your I.D.(s) to the election workers and your name will be checked off on their list of registered voters. You will then receive your ballot and be directed to an open voting booth. Once there, you will use the provided marker (usually a Sharpie) and “fill in” the arrow head and tail next to the candidate of your choice. By completing the arrow, you will have made your choice.
In addition to candidates, the end of the ballot will have bills and measures that are up for vote. Carefully read these, as quite often the verbiage will be somewhat vague and long-winded in what is ultimately a “yes/no” question. Be sure that if you want to vote “yes,” you are not voting against the measure being proposed.
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