Everything You Need to Know About Registering to Vote
Just do it
Hey, it’s an election year. Have you heard? Just kidding. (Sigh.) But in case you’re a little rusty on the specifics about registering to vote, we’ve got you covered.
How do I know if I’m eligible to vote?
If you’re a U.S. citizen over the age of 18 who is a resident of the state where you’re applying to vote, you're good to go.
How do I check if I’m already registered?
Find your state’s voter registration office here. From there you’ll be able to enter your information to check your status.
Where can I register?
Most states offer online voter registration, but all accept registration in person at a local DMV or by mail using this form. You can also use this helpful registration tool from Rock the Vote that lets you register online or fill out and print the appropriate paperwork to register in person.
When is the deadline to register?
That depends on where you live. Check this list of each state’s registration deadline and get on it.
Do I need to re-register if I’ve moved since voting last?
Yes. If your address, name or party affiliation has changed, you’ll need to re-register before voting.
If I won’t be home on Election Day, can I still vote?
Yes! You can—and you should—with an absentee ballot. Click here to find your state’s policies on absentee voting.
OK, so when and where do I vote?
This year, Election Day is November 8. (If you’re voting via absentee ballot, the deadline is earlier, but you can find that information in the link above.) Find out where your nearest polling place is here and, seriously, get out there and do your civic duty.