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2020 USA elections: who can vote and who can't?

There has been some confusion over who can vote in the Trump vs Biden presidential election but who can and who can't vote in the 2020 elections.

2020 USA elections: who can vote and who can't?
BRYAN WOOLSTON REUTERS

The USA presidential elections take place in 2020. In November, we will know who the president of the United States will be for the next four years. There has been considerable controversy over who is and isn't eligible to vote with Donald Trump, the current president, being accused of trying to suppress voters.

Some republicans politicians do now want voters to cast their ballot by post with Donald Trump claiming thousands of fake votes can be counted this way. He used an anecdote about a friend of his whose son had tragically passed away but received a voting card. Trump has used this tactics in the past. He said illegal immigrants were voting en masse for Barack Obama in 2016 and said busloads of out of state voters were driven to New Hampshire to cast illegal votes in 2016 also.

Trump uses it mostly to raise question marks if he loses but it also make some people question their own right to vote. This muddying of the waters has been successful for Trump in the past and leads has led us to a post-truth world, nobody knowing what is actually true and what is a lie.

So who can vote in the presidential elections in 2020?

The best place to check is the government's own website. If you are 18 years old on or before election day, you can vote for the outcome of the presidential elections in 2020. In almost every state, you can register to vote before you turn 18 if you will be 18 by Election Day according to the government website. See a table of voter registration age requirements by state.

If you are homeless, you are allowed to vote. In all 50 of the United States, you can register to vote if you are experiencing homelessness.

Most states have some duration of residency requirements for voter registration – for example, having resided for 30 days or more before the Election Day in the state or county. Contact your local elections officials to find out what the rules are in your state.

Who can't vote?

If you have a felony, you can't vote in some states bit you should check your state's laws on this. Again, depending on the state, some people who ar ementally incapacitated are not allowed to vote. Check your state's laws on this issue. For example, in some states, you can not vote if you are declared an idiot or legally incompetent or legally insane.

You can also not vote if you are not a citizen of the United States even if you are a permanent legal resident.