What if your state’s motto is “states rights”?
Or its motto is, “States are people”?
Or something similar?
If you’re in one of these states, you may be a member.
Or, at least, you can be.
There are two different states of membership, and there are about three different states in the U.S.
A federal law requires states to include certain words in their state’s constitution.
If a state does not include them, then it doesn’t have a constitutional amendment.
So, if you’re a member, then you can vote for candidates, but you can’t vote in primaries or caucuses.
It’s not clear what happens to people who don’t join.
If you are not a member but are a registered voter, you will be able to vote in federal elections and the state legislature.
A handful of states have enacted laws that allow non-members to vote, such as Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
But not all states allow nonmembers to cast a ballot.
That means that if you live in a state that doesn’t allow nonmember voting, you don’t have the option of becoming a member or voting in state legislative elections.
What if you are a nonmember, but would like to become a member?
A nonmember is someone who doesn’t reside in a member state.
So if you don, for instance, live in California, you might want to consider becoming a California resident, rather than a nonresident.
California, like all states, allows people to be nonresident citizens, but nonresidents have to pay income taxes and pay certain taxes on income, and to have a state identification number.
If nonresidency is not a requirement, nonresident status can be acquired through marriage or adoption.