How much do you know about voting and elections? Take the quiz

National Voter Registration Day is September 24, so it’s time to get ballot-ready! While you’re flexing your fundamental American rights, go ahead and test your election knowledge, too.

By Stephany Cardet and AJ Willingham
Question 1 of 10

What percentage of the voting-aged population voted in the 2018 midterm election?

Correct: A

More than half of eligible Americans voted in the midterm election. It was the largest midterm voter turnout since the census started collecting such data in 1978.

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Question 2 of 10

Which Constitutional Amendment ensured women the right to vote?

Correct: B

The 19th Amendment, which guaranteed the right to vote regardless of sex, was passed on August 26, 1919.

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Question 3 of 10

Election Day is the first Tuesday after November 1. This date was set to encourage what group of people to vote?

Correct: B

Historically, voting on a Tuesday allowed more rural people enough time to travel into town, and early November is far enough away from both the harvest and harsh winter weather to avoid interfering with big agricultural obligations.

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Question 4 of 10

How many states, plus the District of Columbia, offer same-day voter registration?

Correct: A

Twenty one states and Washington, D.C. have same day voter registration, but the challenges of voter registration have become a flash point for activists in recent years.

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Question 5 of 10

If no presidential candidate receives 270 electoral votes during an election, which group determines who will be president?

Correct: B

The House of Representatives elects the President from the three presidential candidates with the most electoral votes.

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Question 6 of 10

In what year was the voting age lowered from 21 to 18?

Correct: B

Passed in 1971, the 26th Amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

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Question 7 of 10

What piece of legislation outlaws racial discrimination in voting?

Correct: A

The Voting Rights Act enshrined the rights of the 14th and 15th Amendments for all Americans.

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Question 8 of 10

You know a presidential candidate needs 270 electoral college votes to win the Presidency. How many electoral college votes are up for grabs, in all?

Correct: B

The 538 electoral college votes represent electors across the country who agree to meet in their respective states and use their votes to determine the next president.

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Question 9 of 10

How many people registered to vote on Voter Registration Day in 2018?

Correct: B

The initial goal of the event’s organizers was to register 300,000 people. However, an additional 500,000 registrations more than doubled the benchmark.

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Question 10 of 10

True or False: If you are registered to vote but forget your ID at a polling station, you are not allowed to vote.

Correct: False

If you are legally allowed to vote and forgot your ID at home or have been removed from the registration system, you can cast a provisional ballot. All voters are entitled to this right by federal law.

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