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Voter Registration

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Voter Registration rules vary by state. You may select your state from the dropdown below to get locally relevant information - or just go ahead and try our Online Registration Tool.

However, if you are in the armed forces - or need to cast your ballot while living abroad, we recommend reaching out to the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Their website is at

Yes, confirm you are registered to vote (Online Registration Tool) or take the first step in registering with your Voter Registration Form.

It is important to note that each state has their own Voter Registration guidelines and requirements which include online registration capabilities. You may use the state dropdown below to go directly to your state's detail page.

Yes! If you've changed your address, your name, or want to update your political party, you must re-register. Use the state selection dropdown below to visit your state's detail page.

Yes, but you must put a physical address for districting purposes.

Your form will not be processed if you put a P.O. Box as your permanent address. There is a section of the form to put your mailing address (which CAN be a P.O. Box, etc.), in addition to your physical address.

You have the right to register to vote at your school address – this includes a dorm room. Any student living in a dorm is entitled to the same rights as any other student.

Homeless registrants may list a shelter address or can include the address where they sleep most often, like a street corner or park address. Learn more about voting and homelessness from Nonprofit Vote. has a local voter form that will check your registration status: Get Started.

Or, you can get links to your local registration lookup by selecting your state below.

Laws vary from state to state. In some, your rights are restored automatically once your sentence or parole period ends. In others you must petition to have your rights restored. See information specific to your state by visiting ProCon’s Felon Voter Information website.

No. However, some states require that you be enrolled with a party to vote in that party’s primary election. If you do not choose a party, enter “No party” on your voter registration form.

To find out more information regarding your state’s political parties, select your state from the dropdown below.

Yes. While all states require some form of official identification, states have their own regulations on what forms of identification will be accepted for voter registration.

To find more details on registration requirements, select your state from the dropdown below.

Early & Absentee Voting

Many states allow no-excuse absentee voting by mail (which you can complete before Election Day), and more than half of U.S. states also offer in-person early voting.

To see what is available for your location use the state selection dropdown below to visit your state's detail page.

Requirements for absentee voting vary by state. Check your eligibility by selecting your state from the dropdown below.

You can generally vote by absentee ballot if you will be away from home on Election Day. Many states also offer in-person early voting in the days or weeks leading up to the election.

See what is available for your location by selecting your state from the dropdown below.

Casting a Ballot

To learn more about who is running for office and research local ballot measures, visit our resources page to get personalized voting information.

Polling places are usually within walking distance of your home (unless you are in a very rural area). A polling place can be in a business, a person’s house, a school, or a community center, to name a few establishments. Find your nearest polling location here.

Note that updated information is often not available until shortly before Election Day and polling places can be moved, so it is important to check where to vote before and on Election Day.

Most states require some form of identification either when you register and/or when you vote.

Since rules vary state by state, check local requirements for your state by selecting from the dropdown below.

In most states, a voter card is NOT considered acceptable ID.

For a full list of what is acceptable in your state, please select from the dropdown box below.

No! You don’t have to respond to everything on the ballot, however if you’re looking for local ballot information specific to your area, visit our local resources page to get details on ballot issues and candidates in advance of casting your vote.

First, make sure you are at the right polling place. If you are at the wrong polling place your name will not be on the list of voters. You can confirm your local polling place for day-of voting here.

If you are at the correct location and are not on the list, you still have the right to cast a ballot. Request a provisional ballot from the poll worker, which will be checked by your state after the polls close on Election Day. The state will notify you as to whether a mistake was made and if your ballot was counted.

If you have a problem voting and think your rights have been denied, call the national voting hotline (866) OUR- VOTE to report any Election Day problems.

A provisional ballot is used when voter eligibility cannot be confirmed at the polls. This usually occurs due to out-of-precinct voting, meaning the address on your voter registration is out-of-date, or you cannot provide required identification.

The laws governing the use of provisional ballots vary by state. Most of the time these ballots are counted after the state can verify the voter information. If you cast a provisional ballot at the polls, the state must notify you as to whether your vote is counted, regardless of the outcome.

Call the national voting rights hotline (866) OUR-VOTE if you feel your rights have been violated. They will have lawyers on hand to answer any questions or concerns related to Election day voting procedures.

Additional Questions & Resources

Your voter ID card should have information on how to change any incorrect information (such as the wrong apartment number or if your name is misspelled).

If for some reason there are no instructions, find local state contact information by selecting your state from the dropdown below.

Not all states send out or require voter ID cards. Check your state specific requirements by selecting from the drop-down box below. If required, you can contact your state and request a new card.

The best thing to do is to register now with your current permanent mailing address. Vote in that district or apply for an absentee ballot if you will be away during the election.

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