The Youth Vote

Impacting Upcoming Elections at Eighteen!

The Youth Vote

Georgia Whiteside


With the election season upon us, Fairhope High School is rolling out the next generation of voters. Local and national trends show an increasing number of politically active teens. Many states have even speculated lowering their voting age to accommodate the demand. Young political activism aside, voter registration can be a confusing process to new voters. Eighteen-year-old students are becoming involved in their first election process, but many still don’t know how to register. All voters are required to register as it insures that the electoral roll is consistent with eligible citizens. So how do you register? In Alabama the directions are as follows

The Alabama registration process consists of five requirements;

1. You must be a citizen of the United States.

2. You must live in the State of Alabama.

3. You must be at least 18 years of age on or before election day.

4. You must not be barred from voting by reason of a disqualifying felony conviction.

5. You must not have been judged “mentally incompetent” in a court of law.

Applicants must also have a valid Alabama Drivers License, as you will have to input your license number into the form.

There are two ways to submit your registration; Online or by Mail

• Alabama Online Voter Registration – Click Here

• Alabama Printable Mail Registration – Click here

So you now that you are registered, where is your polling location? Your polling location is the designated place in which you can cast your vote in any given election. Polling locations are based off your home address and can be found by clicking on this link.

Heading off to college this Fall? No problem. Your specific polling location offers absentee ballets. These ballets are cast when you are unable to cast your vote in the designated polling location. For instance,  if you were unable to drive home from your university on the day of a vote, you could fill out an absentee ballot.

Absentee ballots can be found by clicking here.

Now that we have you all set up and informed, lets go out and VOTE!



Have you registered to vote yet?

  • Yes (61%, 14 Votes)
  • No (39%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 23

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