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WASHINGTON, July 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The conventions are here, as both major political parties choose their Presidential tickets leading up to the November election. The next few months will pass quickly. In no time, the campaigning and debates will be over and Election Day will be here. Don’t be caught off guard. USAGov answers the top five election season questions to get you ready for November 8: Where should I start? First things first, no matter where you live, you’ll need to register by your state’s deadline if you plan to vote. Go to, and start the process. You can look up your state’s registration deadline and find out if you can complete your registration online or by postal mail. Not sure if you’re already registered? No problem. Go to to learn if you’re registered. If you’ve moved recently, you might have to contact your local election office to update your address. How can I learn more about the candidates? Debates, town halls, speeches, and campaign events–election year is many things, but boring is not one of them. Study the issues, learn how to research candidates, and find out what to look for before, during, and after a debate. Remember, an informed vote is a powerful vote. Can I volunteer my time? Elections run smoothly and successfully in the U.S. thanks in large part to poll workers or election judges. They help run local polling places, carry out election procedures, and make sure that the rights of all voters are protected. Interested in volunteering? Find out if you are eligible to be a poll worker in your state. How much money can I donate? You may be interested in financially supporting a candidate, party, or cause in this election. However, there is a limit of $2,700 that you can donate to a major-party candidate during the general election season. Learn more about campaign donation limits before opening your wallet. Where do I vote? Planning is one of the smartest things you can do to prepare for Election Day. Do you know where you’re voting? Polling places can change. Make sure you know where yours will be and how you’ll get there on November 8. Sometimes circumstances might make it difficult or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may allow you to cast your ballot during a designated early voting period. You can also can request an absentee ballot to vote. However, some states require an excuse to vote absentee. Members of the military, their spouses, and eligible family members can request absentee ballots when stationed outside their state of permanent residence. Learn more by visiting, your official guide to voting and the election process. Stay up-to-date with VoteUSA, USAGov’s yearlong effort to help Americans become more informed about the 2016 election. Join the conversation using #VoteUSA or by following USAGov on Facebook and Twitter. USAGov is a federal program that guides you to tips and tools in English and in Spanish from hundreds of government agencies, departments, and programs. We make it easier for you to find answers you can trust about government information and services–online, by phone, e-mail or chat, and in print. Logo – SOURCE USAGov]]>

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