National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, so now is probably a decent time to figure out how to vote. Presidential politics is in the air with just 41 days until Election Day.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump wrapped up their first debate Monday night, drawing a 46.2 television rating and a 63 share, prompting some Americans to have renewed interest in signing up to vote.
Here's a quick primer. The first thing you need to know is that if you don't have some sort of identification for the state in which you live, you should probably secure that. That usually means a driver's license or non-driver identification card of some sort. You can typically secure that at a local Department of Motor Vehicles. You can look up DMV locations here.
If you already have an ID, things are a bit simpler. For a simple guide on how to register, Google has built a handy webpage here that gives you step-by-step directions for registering in your state (it automatically chooses the state based on your location). Every state is a bit different, so Google's tool is quite useful.
An important note: most states require you to register before about mid-October. Again, by typing the phrase "voter registration deadline," the Google search engine will tell you your deadline date. But it's likely you need to get moving, especially since in many states, you're required to register in person or through mail-in forms. Just 31 states allow voters to register on the internet.
Now, for actually voting. Google has a helpful page with all the requirements and information for every state, including the time frame polling places will be open. Simply click here for all the details.
To find a polling place, or the locations you can vote, you can use this tool built by the Democratic Party that uses your address to find the nearest location. Many states have online tools to find polling sites, as well.