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Who Can Vote and Who Can Be Elected

This page shows age, citizen and resident status requirements for anyone wishing to vote, or run for the U.S. house, senate, or presidency

Who Can Vote?

Anyone who is

  • 1) 18 years of age
  • 2) a citizen of the U.S. and meets the residency requirements of his or her state

Who Can Be a Senator?

Someone who is

  • 1) at least 30 years old
  • 2) a citizen of the U.S. for at least 9 years
  • 3) a resident of the state where he or she is elected.

Who Can Be a Representative?

Someone who is

  • 1) at least 25 years old
  • 2) a citizen of the U.S. for at least 7 years
  • 3)  a resident of the state where he or she is elected.

Who Can Be President?

Someone who is

  • 1) a natural-born citizen of the U.S.
  • 2) at least 35 years of age
  • 3) a resident of the U.S. for at least 14 years.

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