Voting Fast Facts

  • You are eligible to vote if—
    • You are a U.S. citizen.
    • You meet your State’s residency requirements.
    • You are 18 years old. Some States allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries and/or register to vote if they will be 18 before the general election.
  • NASA astronauts who are in space on Election Day are allowed to vote, thanks to Image result for astronauta law passed by the Texas legislature in 1997. NASA makes arrangements with county officials who prepare the ballots and beam them up from Mission Control. The procedure was first used in 1997 by David Wolf, who was aboard Russia’s Mir space station at the time and voted in a local election. The first American to vote in a presidential election from space was Leroy Chiao, who did it while commanding the International Space Station’s Expedition 10 mission in 2004

 

 

Gerald Ford campaigns at the Nassau County Veterans Coliseum

 

  • The only President and Vice President not elected to the office was Gerald Ford. Using the 25th Amendment, President Richard Nixon appointed Ford as Vice President after Spiro Agnew resigned from the position. Nine months later, President Nixon resigned and Gerald Ford rose up in his place.

 

  • “In 2012, 4% more young women voted than young men.” [Source]

 

  • Cartoonist Thomas Nash"The Third-Term Panic", by Thomas Nast, originally published in Harper's Magazine 7 November 1874. is credited with creating both the Republican and Democratic symbols, the elephant and the donkey, respectively, when he lampooned the political parties in a cartoon in Harper’s Weekly magazine in 1874. Soon people everywhere began using those symbols to represent the parties.

 

 

  • Victoria Woodhull, the first of Victoria Woodhullmore than 200 women to have run for president in America, rose from poor and eccentric origins to become one of the most colorful and vivid figures of the U.S. women’s suffrage movement. Woodhull won increased respect from women’s rights activists when she argued on behalf of female suffrage in front of the House Judiciary Committee in early 1871, and the following year the Equal Rights Party nominated her for president of the United States.