Register To Vote
Each states provides various methods in which you can register to vote. Some of theses include:
- By mail
- In person at your local elections office
- In person at the department of motor vehicles
- at the polls on Election Day
- If you are eligible to vote on Election Day, and you register by your states deadline, you will be able to exercise your right to vote in the 2020 elections.
Who can vote in U.S. elections?
In order to register to vote you must meet the following requirements:
- You are a citizen of the United States
- You meet your state's residency requirements
- Are will be 18 years old on or before Election Day (Some states allow you to register to vote before you turn 18 so long as you will be 18 by Election Day
- You register to vote by your state's voter registration deadline.
Depending of your state of residence you may not be eligible to vote. Some of the reasons are:
- You are a non-citizen of the United States (this may include permanent legal residents)
- You have been convicted of a felony (depends on state of residence)
- You have been declared 'mentally incapacitated' (depends on state of residence)
How to Register to Vote
Depending in the state in which you reside, you can submit your voter registration online, in person, or by mail.
In 38 states including the District of Columbia (DC), you can register to vote online through your Secretary of State office. Other states offer online registration through the department of motor vehicles.
Information You Will Need to Provide
You will need to provide the following personal information in order to register to vote:
- First/Last Name
- Date of birth
- Social Security Number (SSN), Drivers License, or ID Card
- Address (in state you are registering)
- Party Affiliation (not required)
How to Change or Update Your Registration
It is extremity important that your voter registration is up to date and correct. If your voter registration does nit reflect the most current information you may be unable to vote. There are many reasons you may need to update of change your voter registration such as you have moved, changed your name, or changed your gender.
Depending on the state you reside you can make any necessary changes to your voter registration online, in person, by phone or in person.
Important Voting Deadlines
Each state has different deadlines for the following:
New Voter Registration
Absentee Ballot Request (Online, In Person, or Fax
Absentee Ballot Return
In-Person Absentee Voting
Election Day Voting
The dates are different for primary elections versus general elections
The voter registration deadlines for the 2020 elections vary from state to state. These deadlines range from 30 days prior to election day to the day before election day. It is important to know the deadlines for your state to ensure that you can vote in the next election. To check your states dates and deadlines click here.
Absentee ballots allow eligible citizens to vote prior to election day and without going to the polls. Members of the United States Military and their families as well as citizens living abroad are also eligible to vote absentee. Other citizens also may be eligible to vote absentee depending on their state of residence and their individual circumstances.
Qualifying to Vote Absentee
21 states require voters provide a valid excuse for absentee voting. Many other states allow any citizen that would like to vote absentee without proving a reason.
Some valid excuses acceptable in certain states include:
- United States citizen temporarily living outside the United States.
- An active member of the US Armed Forces
- You are elderly or physical disabled
- Religious holiday or observance make impossible to vote at the poles on Election Day
- Unable to find transportation to get to the polls on election day
Some states currently allow eligible voters to register for a permanent absentee ballot list. Currently, only Arizona, California, the District of Columbia (D.C.), Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey and Utah offer this option.