With the elections sure to be historic, those close to the ground are seeing an uptick in naturalization applications. Whether by naturalization, by descent or derivatively, U.S. citizenship is required for voting in federal presidential elections. There's time to file now, but as more people apply, waits could get longer with approvals coming later than would be helpful to vote this time. If you're thinking about citizenship, your decision making time is short if you want to vote in November. Note: some jurisdictions take longer than others. Los Angeles is taking about six months right now.