Register to Vote and Confirm or Change Registration

Register to Vote and Confirm or Change Registration

Voting Rules in the U.S. Are Different in Every State

Federal and state elections in the United States are run by the states themselves, according to Article I and Article II of the Constitution. No two states run their elections exactly the same, so contacting your state or local election office is the best way to find out about your state’s unique election rules.

The Basic Steps to Vote are the Same in Most States

Despite the differences in how states run elections, the basic steps to vote are the same almost everywhere.

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  • Every state except North Dakota requires you to register to vote.
  • Every state has absentee voting.
  • Most states assign you a specific polling place, or voting location. A few states have ballot drop sites instead.

These voting guides explain the basics of voting, no matter where you live:

  • A Voter’s Guide to Federal Elections (PDF, Download Adobe Reader)
  • 14 Facts About Voting in Federal Elections (PDF, Download Adobe Reader)

Register to Vote

If you need to register to vote, visit Vote.gov. Depending on your state’s voter registration rules, the site can help you

  • Register online. This is available for 37 states plus the District of Columbia.
  • Download the National Mail Voter Registration Form. You can fill it out onscreen and print the completed form, or print the blank form and fill it out by hand. Remember to sign the form before mailing it to the location listed for your state.
  • Find guidance for states and territories with different registration procedures.

Register to Vote in Person

You can register in person with your state or local election office. If it’s more convenient for you to register elsewhere, you can check with one of these nearby public facilities to see if you can register to vote there:

  • The department of motor vehicles
  • Armed services recruitment centers
  • State and county public assistance offices (SNAP/food stamps, WIC, services for the disabled), where you may fill out and submit a National Mail Voter Registration Form.

Overseas and Military Voters

If you’re a U.S. citizen living outside the U.S., or if you’re a service member, service member’s spouse, or eligible family member, you can register to vote and request an absentee ballot through the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Register to Vote in Other Languages

  • The National Mail Voter Registration Form, which you must print, complete, sign, and mail to the location listed for your state, is available in Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
  • Voter’s guides, which include information on registering to vote, are available in Cherokee, Chinese, Dakota, Japanese, Korean, Navajo, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Yupik.

Learn About the Voting Process

If you have questions about the steps involved in voting, these guides from the Election Assistance Commission are a good place to start:

  • A Voter’s Guide to Federal Elections (PDF, Download Adobe Reader)
  • 14 Facts About Voting in Federal Elections (PDF, Download Adobe Reader)

Voter Registration Deadlines

Every state except North Dakota requires citizens to register if they want to become voters. Depending on your state, the registration deadline could be as much as a month before an election.

Check the U.S. Vote Foundation to find your state’s deadline for registering. You can also check your state or territory’s election office for more details……………Read More>>

 

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