REGISTRATION FOR VOTERS
For information about voters such as voter guides, registration information, voting accessibility, and information for military and overseas voters, you can visit the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen , 18 years of age and above; however, some states permit 17 years old to register
- Different states have residency requirements for eligibility. You can contact your state/territorial election office for more information about state specific requirements and voter eligibility.
- Each state have their own specifics of the laws, some do not allow convicted felons to vote. For more information, you can contact your state/territorial election office.
How to Register
The document that allows a person to register to vote in most states is the National Mail Voter Registration Form. Some states do not accept this document and these states include North Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. New Hampshire only accepts the National Mail Voter Registration Form as a request for an absentee voter mail-in registration form. For information regarding registration if you live in one of the states mentioned above, you can contact your state election office .
Personal registration to vote can be accomplished in the following offices:
- State or local voter registration
- election offices
- department of motor vehicles
- Public Assistance Agencies
- Armed services recruitment centers
- State-funded programs that serve people with disabilities
- Any public facility that a state has designated as a voter registration agency
Change Your Registration
If you need to update your registration information such as changes name, address or to register with an official political party, you can use National Mail Voter Registration Form.
State Registration Deadlines
Each state has a deadline for registration, to be able to vote; you must submit the National Mail Voter Registration Form on or before the given dates stated below:
- Alabama – Voter registration is closed during the 10 days before an election. Applications must be postmarked or delivered by the eleventh day prior to the election.
- Alaska – 30 days before the election
- Arizona – 29 days before the election
- Arkansas – 30 days before the election
- California – 15 days before the election
- Colorado – 29 days before the election. If the application is received in the mails without a postmark, it must be received within 5 days of the close of registration.
- Connecticut – 14 days before the election
- Delaware – The fourth Saturday before a primary or general election, and 10 days before a special election.
- District of Columbia – 30 days before the election
- Florida – 29 days before the election
- Georgia – The fifth Monday before any general primary, general election, or presidential preference primary, or regularly scheduled special election following the Georgia Election Code. If a special election is scheduled on a date other that those dates prescribed by the Georgia Election Code, registration would close on the fifth day after the call.
- Hawaii – 30 days before the election
- Idaho – 25 days before the election
- Illinois – 28 days before the election
- Indiana – 29 days before the election
- Iowa – Must be delivered by 5 PM, 10 days before the election, if it is a state primary or general election; 11 days before all others. Registration forms which are postmarked 15 or more days before an election are considered on time even if received after the deadline. If you fail to meet these deadlines, you can register to vote on election day.
- Kansas – Postmarked or delivered 21 days before the election.
- Kentucky – 29 days before the election
- Louisiana – 30 days before the election
- Maine – Delivered 21 business days before the election or you can register in-person up to and including election day.
- Maryland – Delivered by 9 PM, 21 days before the election
- Massachusetts – 20 days before the election
- Michigan – 30 days before the election
- Minnesota – Delivered by 5 PM, 21 days before the election. You can also register at the polling place on election day.
- Mississippi – 30 days before the election
- Missouri – 28 days before the election
- Montana – 30 days before the election
- Nebraska – The third Friday before the election (or delivered by 6 PM, on the second Friday before the election)
- Nevada – The deadline for mail-in registration is the fifth Saturday before any primary or general election. In person registration remains available until 9 PM on the third Tuesday preceding any primary or general election. You may register to vote in person only by appearing at the office of the County Clerk/Registrar of Voters.
- New Hampshire – Town and city clerks will accept the National Mail Voter Registration Form only as a request for their own absentee voter mail-in registration form, which your city or town clerk must receive by 10 days before the election. You can register at the town or city clerk’s office or in-person on election day.
- New Jersey – 21 days before the election
- New Mexico – 28 days before the election
- New York – 25 days before the election
- North Carolina – Postmarked 25 days before the election or received in the elections office or designated voter registration agency site by 5 PM, 25 days before the election.
- North Dakota – No voter registration
- Ohio – 30 days before the election
- Oklahoma – 25 days before the election
- Oregon – 21 days before the election
- Pennsylvania – 30 days before an election or primary
- Rhode Island – 30 days before the election
- South Carolina – 30 days before the election
- South Dakota – Received 15 days before the election
- Tennessee – 30 days before the election
- Texas – 30 days before the election
- Utah – 30 days before the election for mail-in applications and 15 days before the election for walk-in registration at the county clerk’s office
- Vermont – Delivered to the town clerk before 5 PM, on the Wednesday before the election
- Virginia – Delivered 22 days before the election
- Washington – 29 days before the election or 8 days before the election if delivered in person to the local voter registration office
- West Virginia – 21 days before the election
- Wisconsin – 20 days before the election or completed in the local voter registration office up to 5 PM or the close of business, whichever is later, on the Friday before the election. You can also register at the polling place on election day.
- Wyoming – Cannot accept the National Mail Voter Registration Form. You can register in-person, by mail, or at the polls on election day.
REPORT ELECTIONS FRAUD (Voter Fraud or Voter Registration Fraud)
Fraud in the elections means fraud or irregularities in relation with registration of voters, voting, and candidate petition or issue petition activities.
For voter or registration fraud suspicions, immediately report it to your state/territorial election office. Some states respond to this via State of Board Elections while most states are handled by the Secretary of State.
HOW TO VOTE VIA ABSENTEE BALLOT?
Can I still vote even if I am away from home?
- People away from home can still vote via absentee ballot, this allows you to vote before the election
- The ballot can be returned by mail to your local election officials
How to get an absentee ballot?
How to get an absentee ballot when outside the United States?
- Contact the state/territorial election office where legal voting residenceis held.
- Online information available at Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) or you can call an international FVAP hotline.
WHERE TO VOTE
Cast your vote at a local polling place or station
- For polling station information, you can contact your local government
- Other information can be asked from your state/territorial election office
Report problems about voting machines at polling stations
For issues regarding voting machines, you can call your local poll workers or your state/territorial election office.