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Donald Trump and Joe Biden are competing for the US presidency this year. (Getty)

US Elections 2020

A basic guide for voters: How, when and where to vote this November 3

In case you have doubts about how, when and where to cast your vote in the US Elections 2020, here a guide with everything you need to know. 

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Donald Trump and Joe Biden are competing for the US presidency this year. (Getty)

Donald Trump and Joe Biden are competing for the US presidency this year. (Getty)

The US Elections 2020 are upon us with Donald Trump and Joe Biden going at it for the right to be the president of the United States for the next four years. Polls are predicting Joe Biden as the winner but his rival will do anything to prevent that, as well as his supporters. 

In case this is the first time you’re voting or still don’t understand very well how it is done, we got you covered. Here, you’ll find all you need to know about the upcoming elections and where, how, and when to vote. 

This can be seen as a complex process, but it can be done without major problems. Although not everybody is a fan of the various methods you can use to vote, they’re still there and any person can use it as they want. 

Where do I vote? 

If you need to find your polling place and its hours, you need to contact your state or territorial election office. It will be mandatory that you let them know if you need accommodations for a disability before attending the site. Polling places are commonly schools, community centers, and other public facilities. You have good tools like Get the Polls to know where you need to go to cast your vote. 

How do I vote in the US Election 2020?

This should be the easiest part of all. It’s pretty easy and clear to understand. You can vote if you meet these requirements: 

Are a U.S. citizen 
Meet your state’s residency requirements (You can be homeless and still meet these requirements.)  
Are 18 years old on or before Election Day. In almost every state, you can register to vote before you turn 18 if you will be 18 by Election Day. 
Are registered to vote by your state’s voter registration deadline. North Dakota does not require voter registration.

Two-thirds of states expect you to provide identification to let you vote at the polls. Once you’re there, voter guides and sample ballot can be provided to you to help you decide which candidate you are voting for. 

Who can’t vote in the US Election 2020?

Non-citizens, including permanent legal residents 
Some people with felony convictions. Rules vary by state.
Some people who are mentally incapacitated. Rules vary by state. 
For president in the general election: U.S. citizens residing in U.S. territories

How does voting by mail work? 

We’re living extraordinary times this year with the whole coronavirus pandemic and states made it easier for voters to cast their vote if they aren’t able to do so on election day. Absentee voting allows you to vote by mail. On that note, early votes were made for this same reason. However, your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. 

Voting online

In federal elections, you’re not able to vote online. In most cases, you have two options to elect officials; either you vote in-person at an official polling place or by casting an absentee ballot when the window to do so is open. Otherwise, you’ll need to attend your voting center to cast your vote. 

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