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Election 101 podcast: How do you register to vote?

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 01: Voters prepare their ballots in voting booths during early voting for the California presidential primary election at an L.A. County 'vote center' on March 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles County and 14 other counties in California have transitioned from traditional polling places to ???vote centers??? which allow residents the freedom to vote at any voting center in their county. California is one of 14 states participating in the Super Tuesday vote on March 3. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Even if you haven't said them out loud yet, you probably have questions about how the 2020 election will work.

She explains that you can fill out a voter registration form that you will be able to find online via your secretary of state's office or your local election office.

Prospective voters should also check if you live in a state with Election Day registration, which means you can register that very day.

"I think we need to start off with the fact that this country has professed a right to vote, but through too much of our history, we have put barriers in front of the ballot box or affirmatively made it impossible for certain people to register and participate," she says.

As populations grew, polling officials had trouble figuring out who had the right to vote, so in 1800, Massachusetts became the first state to require voters to register.

In nearly a dozen southern states, people had to pay to register to vote -- a process known as poll taxes.

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