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With Election Day fast approaching, it is important to get registered now. Do not sell short your ability to effect change. Follow these guidelines and start making a difference.

Deadline to register

Each state has a different deadline for voter registration, but in many states you need to register at least 20 days before heading to the voting booth. This year, Election Day is Nov. 6. Check the story at right to see whether your state’s deadline has passed. If you’ve missed the deadline, don’t give up. Go ahead and register now so you will be ready for the next election.

Rules for registering

For most states, you can register to vote in person or via mail. Depending on your state, you may be able to print your registration form from a website or pick one up in person from the DMV, local board of elections office, post office, library or other locations designated by state officials.

Click here for your state’s elections office phone number and web address.

A growing number of states also allow residents to register online. In Washington state, registering to vote can even be done via Facebook. Expect to see the list of states offering similar registration opportunities to lengthen for upcoming elections.

Who can vote?

As long as you’re 18 or older, an American citizen, and a resident of the state where you’re planning to register, you have an equal chance to decide who you want to run your country, your state, your region and your town.

Where to vote?

After you’ve sent in your registration form, your state will mail out details about your polling place. Some states will send a voter registration ID card, which you may be required to show at the polls. Other states require a photo ID when voting.

States also offer advance voting, voting by mail and absentee voting – making it possible for truckers to make their voices heard no matter where they happen to be on Election Day. See page 56. LL