No matter where you live, voting in general, primary, and state elections is one of the great privileges of American citizenship.

How to Register to Vote in All 50 States

No matter where you live, voting in general, primary, and state elections is one of the great privileges of American citizenship -- but you can't vote if you aren't registered. As a college student, you play a vital role in the country's democratic process, and there are lots of high-profile issues in any election that directly affect college students. Most states require you to officially register to vote before you can cast your ballot on election day. However, the requirements, eligibility standards and even the way you register vary significantly from state to state. And if you fail to follow the guidelines in your state, may be disallowed from voting in key contests, such as presidential elections, state primaries or referendums. This page is designed to explain the official rules and regulations for voter registration in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia.

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How to Vote in Alabama

Registering to Vote in Alabama

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in the state of Alabama if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal resident of Alabama
  • Are 18 years of age or older. A person may register at the age of 17 as long as they turn 18 before or on the election date
  • Have not been convicted of a qualifying felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been declared 'mentally incompetent' by a court

Accepted Identification

  • Valid Alabama driver's license, non-driver ID or Photo Voter ID
  • Valid state-issued ID (any state) or federal-issued ID
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Valid employee ID from federal government, State of Alabama, county government, municipality board, authority or other state entity
  • Valid student or employee ID from a college or university in the State of Alabama, including technical or professional schools
  • Valid military ID
  • Valid tribal ID

Residency Requirements

  • All voters in Alabama must be residents of the state
  • Voters who move across county lines must register to vote in their new county of residence

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Alabama can register in person at any of the following institutions with a an accepted form of identification:
    • Driver's licensing office
    • County and select municipal public libraries
    • Department of Human Resources
    • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program through the Department of Public Health
    • Medicaid agency
    • Department of Rehabilitation Services
    • Armed forces recruiting stations
    • Board of Registrars located at the county seat in the voter's county of residence
  • By Mail: The Alabama Mail-In Voter Registration Form is available for online download; simply print off the document, complete it and send it by mail. Another option is to submit an online request for the postcard application, which you may then complete and send by mail.
  • Online: Voters in Alabama may register to vote online by submitting an electronic application. Voters can also register using the Vote for Alabama app, which is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on June 5th is May 21, 2018. If necessary, the deadline for the 2018 Primary Runoff Election on July 17th is July 2, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 22, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Alabama is 14 days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Alabama state residents cast votes at polling stations. Voters can locate their nearest polling station using a statewide aggregator.

Absentee Voting

Absentee ballots in the state of Alabama may be requested in writing or by visiting the Absentee Election Manager Office. Completed absentee ballots must be individually submitted to the Absentee Election Manager in person or by mail.
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Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered at their permanent or home address. You may only be registered to vote in one location.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Alabama are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: https://www.alabamavotes.gov

How to Vote in Alaska

Registering to Vote in Alaska

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in the state of Alaska if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal resident of Alaska
  • Are 18 years of age or within 90 days of their 18th birthday
  • Are not a convicted felon (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Are not registered to vote in another state, unless they are willing to cancel registration in the other state

Accepted Identification

Voters who live in Alaska and are not registered to vote can submit one of the following forms of identification by mail, email or fax:

  • Valid state driver's license, state ID card or other form of photo ID

Voters who live outside of Alaska and are not registered to vote must additionally submit one of the following as proof of Alaska residency:

  • Valid Alaska driver's license or state identification
  • Valid Alaska hunting or fishing license
  • Proof of Alaska student loan and college tuition showing Alaska as state of residency
  • Military leave and earning statement indicating Alaska as place of residence
  • Proof of employment in Alaska indicating date of employment
  • Other documentation that supports your claim as an Alaska resident

Residency Requirements

  • All voters in Alaska must be residents of the state
  • Voting residency addresses must be established for at least 30 days before the election date

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Alaska can register in person at any Division of Elections office, Division of Motor Vehicles office through a voter registration agency, or voter registrar.
  • By Mail: The State of Alaska Voter Registration Application is available for online download; simply print off the document, complete it and send it by mail to any Division of Elections office.
  • Online: You may register to vote online in Alaska. Get out your approved ID and submit an online application.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on August 21st is July 22, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 7, 2018. To register, visitthis site prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Alaska state residents cast votes at designated polling stations. All voters will be required to provide one of the following:

  • Valid voter ID card, driver's license, state ID card, or military ID card
  • Passport, hunting or fishing license
  • Other valid photo identification

The following alternative forms of ID are valid as long as they include the voter's name and Alaska state address:

  • Current utility bill or paycheck
  • Government check or bank statement
  • Other government issued document

Absentee Voting

Absentee ballots in the state of Alaska may be cast by mail; electronic submission using a fax machine; or in person at any state's Regional Elections Offices (Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla and Nome), as well as other absentee voting locations in the state. Early absentee voting is available at the Regional Elections Office in the jurisdiction where the voter is registered.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students from Alaska who are studying out-of-state may register to vote in Alaska elections using their hometown address. They may choose to vote at their designated State of Alaska polling location, or by absentee ballot. Students who attend college in Alaska but wish to maintain residency and vote in elections in their home state can contact the corresponding state official for information about absentee voting procedures.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Alaska are run through the State of Alaska Division of Elections. For more information, please visit: www.elections.alaska.gov

How to Vote in Arizona

Registering to Vote in Arizona

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in the state of Arizona if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal resident of Arizona
  • Are 18 years of age or older. A person may register at the age of 17 as long as they turn 18 before or on the election date.
  • Are not a convicted felon (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been declared 'mentally incompetent' by a court

Accepted Identification

Voters in the state of Arizona must submit one of the following forms of photo ID from List 1:

  • Valid Arizona driver's license
  • Valid Arizona state-issued ID card
  • Valid tribal ID
  • Valid U.S. federal, state or local government-issued ID

Alternatively, voters in Arizona without a valid photo ID must submit two of the following forms of ID from List 2 that include the individual's name and current address:

  • Utility bill of the elector that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television.
  • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election
  • Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration
  • Indian census card
  • Property tax statement of the elector's residence
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification Arizona vehicle insurance card
  • Recorder's Certificate
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder
  • Any mailing to the elector marked "Official Election Material"

A third option allows voters to mix-and-match these two lists and submit two of the following:

  • Any valid photo ID from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the precinct register accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register
  • A valid U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2
  • A valid U.S. Military identification without an address and one valid item from List 2

Residency Requirements

  • All voters in Arizona must be residents of the state
  • Voters must update their registration information if they change their address and/or relocate to a different county in Arizona

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Arizona may register in person at the County Recorder's Office in their corresponding county of residence
  • By Mail: The Arizona Voter Registration Form is available for online download; simply print off the document, complete it and send it by mail to the County Recorder's Office. Arizona voters may also request a mailed copy of the form from the County Recorder
  • Online: You may register to vote online in Arizona. Get out your approved ID and submit an online application once your registration has been confirmed.
  • ACP: Arizona's Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) allows state residents to register to vote and participate in elections without their address appearing on public registered voting lists

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 9, 2018 when registering online, by mail or in person. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Arizona is 30 days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Arizona state residents cast votes at local polling stations; they can locate their designated polling center using the Voter View aggregator. If they have recently moved but not updated their registration information, then they will be able to vote with a provisional ballot at the polling center for your new address. Some Arizona counties also feature voting centers reserved for voters who have registered in that county.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is available to certain Arizona state residents. Uniformed military personnel who are stationed out-of-county or out-of-state, or individuals who reside overseas, may obtain an early absentee ballot. Voters with physical disabilities may apply to be on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL), which allows them to submit ballots from home via mail. 'Curbside voting' services are also available for individuals who cannot physically enter a polling station or voting center.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students from Arizona who attend college outside their home county may vote using a provisional ballot in their school's county. The new address provided on the provisional ballot will automatically update their registration information for future elections, making them ineligible to vote in elections in their home county. Students attending college in Arizona from out-of-state may register to vote in Arizona elections using their school's county, provided they are not registered to vote in their home state.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Arizona are run through the Secretary of State's Office. For more information, please visit: www.azsos.gov

How to Vote in Arkansas

Registering to Vote in Arkansas

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in the state of Arkansas if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Arkansas resident
  • Are 18 years of age. A person may register at the age of 17 as long as they turn 18 before or on the election date.
  • Have not been convicted of a qualifying felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been declared 'mentally incompetent' by a court

Accepted Identification

Voters in the state of Arkansas must submit one of the following accepted forms of identification:

  • Valid driver's license, state-issued ID card or other form of photo ID
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck that shows their name and address
  • Any other government document that lists their name and address

Residency Requirements

  • If the voter has moved to Arkansas from another state, they must notify the voter registrar in their previous state of residence to request cancellation
  • If the voter has moved from one county to another within Arkansas, they must cancel their registration in the old county and re-register in their new county of residence

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Arkansas may vote in person at one of the following locations:
    • County clerk's office in the voter's home county
    • State Revenue Office, Driver Services
    • Public library or Arkansas State Library
    • Public assistance agency
    • Disability agency
    • Military recruitment office
    • Voter registration drive
  • By Mail: Voters in Arkansas may request a printed application by mail from their county clerk via the Secretary of State Elections Division. They may also download the form, complete it and mail it in; both English and Spanish version are available. Please note a driver's license number or Social Security Number will be required for this option; those who cannot provide either may be required to vote using a provisional ballot.
  • Online: Voters in Arkansas may submit an online request to receive a registration form by mail. Currently, however, they are unable to submit voter registration applications online.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote by mail for any election in Arkansas is 30 days prior to the election date. Those who miss this cutoff may be able to register to vote in person at their county clerk's office.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Arkansas state residents cast votes at local polling stations; they can locate their designated polling center using the Voter View aggregator. Provisional ballots will be provided to those whose names do not appear on precinct voting lists, or those who are unable to provide an acceptable form of identification.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is available to anyone in Arkansas who is physically unable to visit a polling station. Eligible absentee voters include disabled people, active military service members and individuals who are temporarily living overseas.


Voting in College

What you need to know

College students from Arkansas may choose to remain registered at their parents' home address and participate in hometown elections. Alternatively, they may register to vote in the county where their college or university is located. However, both options are not concurrently permitted.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Arkansas are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.sos.arkansas.gov

How to Vote in California

Registering to Vote in California

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in California if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal California resident
  • Are 18 years of age. A person may register at the age of 17 as long as they turn 18 before or on the election date.
  • Have not been convicted of a qualifying felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been declared 'mentally incompetent' by a court

Accepted Identification

The following three items are required for California voter registration. Applicants who cannot meet one or more of these requirements may still be able to complete their registration with an online interview.

  • Valid California driver's license of state-issued ID
  • The last four digits of the applicant's Social Security Number
  • The applicant's date of birth

Residency Requirements

  • California residents who permanently relocate from one county to another county in the state must re-register in the county of their new location
  • California residents who temporarily relocate to a different county may continue to maintain their original registration and vote in elections in their official county of residence

How to Register

  • In Person: California residents may register at voter registration drives, or may submit completed applications to their county elections office.
  • By Mail: Voters in California may pick up a printed application at one of the following locations. Applications must be postmarked at least 15 days prior to the date of any election in which the applicant wishes to vote.
    • County election office
    • Public library
    • Department of Motor Vehicles office
    • U.S. post office
    • Government offices
  • Online: Voters in California can register online. Applications are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Pre-registration

To pre-register to vote in California, you must:

  • Be 16 or 17 years old
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements to vote

Those who pre-register will automatically be registered to vote on their 18th birthday.

Registration Deadline

The deadline for the Primary Election on June 5th is May 21, 2018 and the deadline for the General Election on November 6 is October 22nd, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in California is 15 days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

California voters may cast votes at polling places or by ballot. Polling places are open on election days from 7am to 8pm. Vote-by-mail ballots must be submitted by mail with a postmarked date that matches the election day, and delivered to the county elections officer no later than three days after the election date.

Absentee Voting

California voters who are unable to visit a polling place or submit a mailed ballot may request an absentee ballot form. Eligible absentee voters include active military servicemembers stationed outside their home county and individuals who permanently or temporarily reside overseas.


Voting in College

What you need to know

College students in California who wish to vote must choose between two options. Either they can remain registered at their parents' home address and participate in hometown elections, or they may register to vote in their school's county and vote in elections there.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in California are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/about-elections-division

How to Vote in Colorado

Registering to Vote in Colorado

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Colorado if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal resident of Colorado for at least 22 days immediately preceding the election in question
  • Are 18 years of age. A person may register at the age of 17 as long as they turn 18 before or on the election date.
  • Are not "serving a sentence of confinement, detention or parole for a felony"

Accepted Identification

Voters in Colorado who wish to register must submit one of the following forms of identification:

  • A valid Colorado driver's license or valid state-issued ID card
  • A valid U.S. passport
  • A valid employee photo ID card issued by any branch or subdivision of the federal or Colorado state government
  • A valid pilot's license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or other authorized agency of the U.S.
  • A valid U.S. military photo ID card
  • A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the applicant's name and address
  • A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate
  • Certified documentation of naturalization
  • A valid student photo ID card
  • A valid veteran photo ID card issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration
  • A valid ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership
  • Verification that the applicant is a resident of a group residential facility
  • Verification that the applicant is committed to the Department of Human Services, but still eligible to register to vote

Residency Requirements

  • Voters in Colorado must reside in the state for at least 22 days prior to the election in which they wish to vote
  • Voters must update their registration information if they permanently relocate to another jurisdiction in the state

How to Register

  • In Person: Colorado residents may register to vote in person at one of the following locations:
    • Department of Motor Vehicles office
    • Any office that provides public assistance, including offices that provide state funded programs and/or services to persons with disabilities
    • U.S. Armed Forces recruitment offices
    • Any federal, state local government, or nongovernment office that chooses to provide voter registration service or applications.
    • A voter service and polling center.
  • By Mail: Voters in Colorado can mail, fax or scan and email completed registration applications to their county clerk's office
  • Online: Voters in Colorado may complete their registration application online if they have a Colorado State driver's license or ID card issued by the Department of Revenue.

Registration Deadline

Colorado allows voters to register up to the date of any election in which they wish to cast votes. However, the deadline to register for voting by mail is eight days before an election. If an application is submitted after the eight-day cutoff, then voters must visit their county's Voter Service and Polling Centers to receive their ballot. Those who wish to register to vote in person may do so up to the date of the election. Those who register through a voter registration drive must do so at least 22 days prior to the election.

Therefore, the mail registration deadline for the 2018 Primary Election on June 26th is June 18, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 30, 2018.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

All registered Colorado voters receive ballots mailed to their legal residence. However, those who wish to vote at a county Voter Service and Polling Center may do so; by pursuing this option, they surrender their right to submit a mailed ballot.

Absentee Voting

Colorado residents living and working overseas -- including active military servicemembers -- are able to register to vote and submit absentee ballots. Absentee privileges extend to their spouses and children of voting age who live with them overseas, as well.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Colorado may register to vote in their school's jurisdiction as long as they have resided in the state for at least 22 days. Students may also maintain registration in their home jurisdiction using their parents' address.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Colorado are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.sos.state.co.us

How to Vote in Connecticut

Registering to Vote in Connecticut

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Connecticut if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal resident of Connecticut
  • Are 18 years of age. A person may register at the age of 17 as long as they turn 18 before or on the election date
  • Are not currently confined or on parole for a felony offense

Accepted Identification

Voters who registered by mail after January 1, 2003 and are voting for the first time in a primary/election "with federal candidates" must submit one of the following:

  • A valid Connecticut driver's license, state-issued ID or other form of ID with the voter's name and photograph
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows the applicant's name and address
  • First-time voters who are unable to provide either of these ID types must cast a provisional ballot

All other voters must present one of the following when voting in person at a polling location:

  • A social security card
  • A pre-printed form of ID that displays:
    • The voter's name and address
    • The voter's name and signature
    • OR the voter's name and photograph
  • Voters who are unable to provide any of these ID types must sign a form "under penalty of false statement on Form ED-681 entitled, 'Signatures of Electors Who Did Not Present ID', provided by the Secretary of the State that the elector whose name appears on the official check list is the same person who is signing the form"

Residency Requirements

  • Voters in Connecticut must register to vote based on their current legal address
  • Connecticut residents who relocate to a different jurisdiction in the state must re-register to reflect their new address

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Connecticut may submit a registration form in person at their local town hall or voter registration agency.
  • By Mail: Voters may download a printable registration form and mail it to their local town hall or voter registration agency.
  • Online: Voters in Connecticut may register online. Applications are available in English and Spanish.

Registration Deadline

Voter registration application deadlines in Connecticut vary by election and ballot type. For primary contests, new voter registration applications must be postmarked or received no more than five days prior to the primary. For elections, new voter registration applications must be postmarked or received no more than seven days prior to the election.

Therefore, the registration deadline for the 2018 Democratic Party Primary Election on August 14th is August 9, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 31, 2018.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Connecticut can cast ballots in person at polling stations from 6am to 8pm on designated election dates. Disabled voters and other individuals who are unable or prefer not to visit polling stations in person may choose to vote over the phone.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting privileges is available to Connecticut residents who are:

  • Military servicemembers stationed outside their voting jurisdiction
  • Living and working overseas
  • Unable to attend polling stations due to physical disability, illness, religious beliefs, or work/family obligations.

Absentee voters may submit applications beginning 31 days prior to primary contests, 21 days prior to general elections, and 19 days prior to referendum votes. Absentee ballots must be received by the time polls close on any voting date.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Connecticut may choose to register to vote in their school's jurisdiction. They may also choose to vote in elections using an absentee ballot linked to their parents' address.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Connecticut are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.sots.ct.gov

How to Vote in Delaware

Registering to Vote in Delaware

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Delaware if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal resident of Delaware
  • Are 18 years of age. A person may register at the age of 17 as long as they turn 18 before or on the election date
  • Are an ex-felon whose voting rights have been restored
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent

Accepted Identification

Voters who register to vote in Delaware must submit one of the following forms of ID. Those who cannot present one of these ID types at the time of registration must do so prior to voting in their first federal election.

  • Valid Delaware driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Number
  • A copy of a current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the applicant's name and address (this option is only available to voters submitting a registration application by mail)

Residency Requirements

  • Voters in Delaware must be registered in the jurisdiction of their permanent legal address in order to cast votes in any election.

How to Register

  • By Mail: A printable version is available for Delaware voters who wish to register by mail.
  • Online: An electronic application is available for Delaware voters who wish to register online.
  • In person: Delaware citizens can register in person at Delaware DMV Offices, the Department of Health and Social Services, or Department of Labor.
  • By phone: Residents can register to vote by phone by calling their local Department of Elections

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register for voting by mail in the 2018 Primary Election on September 6th is September 4, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is November 2, 2018. Voter registration deadlines in Delaware vary by contest.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Delaware cast their ballots at designated polling centers. These locations are open from 7am to 8pm on the election date.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting privileges are extended to Delaware residents who are unable to visit polling stations in person. Eligible parties include military servicemembers stationed outside their home district, individuals living and working overseas, and individuals who are physically disabled or chronically ill. Absentee ballots may be requested in person no later than noon on the day prior to the election in which the individual wishes to vote, and these ballots must be submitted by the time polls close on election day. Absentee ballots for overseas servicemembers and employees must be received no later than two weeks prior to general election dates; absentee ballots for anyone else must be received at least four days prior to the election date.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Delaware may choose to register to vote in their school's district. They may also choose to maintain registration in their home district using their parents' address.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Delaware are run through the Office of the State Election Commissioner. For more information, please visit: https://ivote.de.gov/default.aspx

How to Vote in the District of Columbia

Registering to Vote in the District of Columbia

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in the District of Columbia if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal resident of the District of Columbia
  • Are 18 years of age. A person may pre-register at the age of 16, but will not receive a registration card until they are at least 17 with a birthdate indicating they will be 18 by the next general election date
  • Are an ex-felon whose voting rights have been restored
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent

Accepted Identification

Voters in the District of Columbia who wish to register by mail must provide one of the following:

  • A valid District of Columbia driver's license or Department of Motor Vehicles-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Number

Additionally, those registering to vote by mail for the first time must also provide one of the following:

  • Valid government photo ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Valid government check
  • Valid copy of a paycheck
  • Any other government document that shows the applicant's name and address

Residency Requirements

  • Voters in the District of Columbia cannot claim registration outside the district

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in the District of Columbia may submit registration applications in person through the District of Columbia Board of Elections.
  • By Mail: Voters in the District of Columbia may submit their registration application by mail.
  • Online: An electronic application is available to District of Columbia voters who wish to register online.

Registration Deadline

Emailed registration applications must be received no later than 30 days prior to the next election in which the applicant wishes to vote, and mailed-in applications must be postmarked no later than 30 days prior to the election date. In-person registration is allowed through election dates.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in the District of Columbia cast votes at designated polling stations; registered voters can search for their nearest polling location using an online aggregator. Early voting centers are available for in-person voters.

Absentee Voting

Any voter in the District of Columbia may cast an absentee ballot without providing a reason. Applications for absentee ballots must be received the Tuesday before any election, and ballots must be received by the end of polling hours on the election date.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in the District of Columbia may register to vote in the district using their school's address as long as they don't maintain registration outside the district. Alternatively, they may cast votes in their home district or county using an absentee ballot linked to their parents' address.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in the District of Columbia are run through the District of Columbia Board of Elections. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcboe.org/

How to Vote in Florida

Registering to Vote in Florida

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Florida if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Florida resident
  • Are 18 years of age. A person may pre-register at the age of 16 or 17, but will not be able to cast votes until elections on or after their 18th birthday
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, or have been convicted of a felony and had their voting rights restored
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent

Accepted Identification

Voters who wish to register in Florida are asked to provide one of the following. Those who are unable to present any of these ID types must check the 'none' box on their registration application.

  • A valid Florida driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Number
  • U.S. passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military identification
  • Student identification
  • Retirement center identification
  • Neighborhood association identification
  • Public assistance identification
  • Veteran health identification card issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • License to carry a concealed weapon or firearm

Residency Requirements

  • Florida residents must update their registration information if they relocate to a different county in the state
  • Those who do not update their registration upon relocation will be required to vote using a provisional ballot

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Florida are allowed to register in person at any 'voter registration agency' while receiving other services or providing/renewing address information at the location. These agencies include:
    • A Department of Motor Vehicles office
    • A tax collector's office
    • An office that provides public assistance (e.g. Department of Children and Families' Food Assistance Program and the Temporary Cash Assistance Program and Department of Health's WIC Program)
    • An office that primarily serves persons with disabilities
    • A U.S. Armed Forces recruitment office
    • A public library
    • Any entity authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to issue fishing, hunting, or trapping permits
  • By Mail: Florida voters may request or pick up a printed registration form from their county Supervisor of Elections, then complete, sign, and mail the application to the same office. These forms are also available through any office "authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to issue permits for fishing, hunting or trapping." However, the form must still be mailed to the county Supervisor of Elections office. Forms are available both in English and Spanish.
  • Online: Florida voters are able to register online using an electronic application. Versions are available in English and Spanish.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register for voting in the 2018 Primary Election on August 28th is July 14, 2018 and the deadline for the General Election on November 6th is September 22, 2018. Most voters in Florida must register no later than 29 days prior to any general election. An exception is granted to individuals and their dependents who have been discharged from armed service, the Merchant Marines or employment outside the United States; these individuals are able to register to vote up to 5pm on the Friday prior to any election.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Florida generally cast ballots at designated polling stations; these locations are open from 7am to 7pm on election dates. In-person voters must bring a valid form of ID with their name and photo; those who cannot do so will be able to vote via provisional ballot. Voters may also request a vote-by-mail form. Early voting options are also available at a location determined by the Supervisor of Elections.

Absentee Voting

Voters in Florida may now vote-by-mail without providing a reason or excuse from doing so. Military servicemembers and other individuals living or temporarily residing outside their voting district may utilize the vote-by-mail option.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Florida may register to vote within their school's voting district. They may also choose to maintain registration in their home district or county using their parents' address.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Florida are run through the Florida Department of State's Division of Elections. For more information, please visit: http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/

How to Vote in Georgia

Registering to Vote in Georgia

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Georgia if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Georgia resident
  • Are 18 years of age. A person may register at the age of 17 ½, but will not be able to vote until their 18th birthday
  • Are not serving a felony sentence "involving moral turpitude"
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent

Accepted Identification

In order to register to vote in Georgia, a person must provide one of the following:

  • Valid Georgia driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Georgia driver's license, even if expired
  • Valid employee photo ID issued by any branch or subdivision of the federal or state government
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Valid U.S. military photo ID
  • Valid tribal photo ID

Residency Requirements

  • Voters in Georgia register to vote by county. Any voter who relocates to a different county in the state must update their registration information to vote in their new location. Alternatively, they may postpone re-registering and vote in elections in their previous location for up to 30 days.
  • Those who relocate to a different address within the same county must update their registration information to reflect the new location within 30 days.

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Georgia may register in person while receiving driver's licensing services at any Department of Motor Vehicles office.
  • By Mail: Voters may request a registration form by mail from their local county board of registrars' office, local election office, public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, school, or other government office.
  • Online: Voters in Georgia may register online using an electronic application.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register for voting by mail in the 2018 Primary Election on May 22 is April 24th, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6 is October 9th, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Georgia is 30 days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Most voters in Georgia cast ballots in person at a designated polling station. Those who wish to vote in person must present a valid ID. Acceptable forms of ID for voting include a driver's license (even if expired), a valid employee photo ID from a federal or state government employer, a valid U.S. passport, a valid U.S. military photo ID, or a valid tribal ID. Any registered voter in Georgia may opt to vote-by-mail; applications to request mail-in ballots are available beginning the fourth Monday before any election at county or municipal voting centers.

Absentee Voting

Georgia allows any registered voter to cast ballots by mail. This includes absentee privileges extended to individuals living or temporarily residing outside of their voting district, including military servicemembers. Absentee voters are not required to provide ID with their mail-in ballots.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Georgia may choose to register to vote in their school's district. Alternatively, they may maintain registration in their home district or county using their parents' address and vote in elections using absentee ballots.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Georgia are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

How to Vote in Hawaii

Registering to Vote in Hawaii

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Hawaii if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Hawaii resident
  • Are 18 years of age. A person may pre-register at the age of 16 or 17, but will not be able to cast votes until elections on or after their 18th birthday

Accepted Identification

Voters who wish to register in Hawaii must provide one of the following forms of ID. Those who are unable to do so must provide acceptable ID when they vote in person or by mail.

  • A valid Hawaii driver's license, state-issued photo ID or other form of ID that includes the applicant's name and photograph
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the applicant's name and address.

Residency Requirements

  • Voters in Hawaii who relocate to a new address or residence in the state must update their registration information to reflect their new location.

How to Register

  • In Person: Hawaii voters may submit registration applications in person at their local Office of Elections or clerk's office.
  • By Mail: Voters in Hawaii may download a Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee form and mail it to their local clerk's office. Print copies of the form may be obtained from the following locations:
    • Offices of Elections
    • Clerk's offices
    • State libraries
    • U.S. post offices
    • State agencies
    • Satellite city halls
  • Online: Voters in Hawaii may register online using an electronic application. This option requires applicants to provide a valid Hawaii driver's license or state-issued ID number, as well as their Social Security Number.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on August 11th is July 12, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 9, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Hawaii is 30 days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters who wish to cast their ballots in person may do so at their assigned polling place on the designated election date between 7am and 6pm. Any registered voter can request a mail-in ballot. Early voting options are also available at "early walk-in locations" within their designated county.

Absentee Voting

Hawaii allows any registered voter to request or print off an absentee ballot and cast votes by mail. This includes absentee privileges extended to individuals living or temporarily residing outside of their voting district, including military servicemembers.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Hawaii may request absentee ballots to be sent to their on-campus residence; out-of-state students attending school in Hawaii may choose to remain registered at their parents' address and vote in elections for their home county or district. Students from Hawaii who attend college out-of-state or abroad may vote in Hawaii elections via absentee ballot, but they must request an absentee ballot for every home election in which they wish to vote.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Hawaii are run through the State of Hawaii's Office of Elections. For more information, please visit: http://elections.hawaii.gov

How to Vote in Idaho

Registering to Vote in Idaho

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Idaho if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Idaho resident who has resided in the state and county for at least 30 days
  • Are 18 years of age
  • Have been convicted of a felony but had their voting rights restored

Accepted Identification

In order to register to vote in Idaho in person with their county clerk or by mail, one of the following is required:

  • A valid Idaho driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • The last four digits of the applicant's Social Security Number

Those who wish to register on the same day as an election must provide documentation clearly stating their name and home address, as well as a valid photo ID.

Residency Requirements

  • Those who wish to register to vote in Idaho must reside within the same county for a period of at least 30 days.
  • Any Idaho resident who relocates to a different residence must re-register with their county clerk.

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Idaho may register in person at their local county clerk's office.
  • By Mail: Idaho voters may complete, sign and mail a registration application to their local county clerk's office.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on May 15th is April 20, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 12, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Idaho is 25 days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Most Idaho voters cast ballots at designated polling centers. Registered voters can locate their nearest polling station using an online address aggregator. Curbside voting or vote-from-home options are granted under certain circumstances (such as physical disability or chronic illness). Early voting is available, as well; voters should inquire about dates and locations through their county clerk's office.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter in Idaho can request an absentee ballot in lieu of visiting a polling center on an election date. These requests must be made no later than six days prior to the date of the next election in which the voter wishes to cast a ballot. Absentee ballots must be returned to the county clerk on or prior to the election date. In-person absentee voting options are also available; those who wish to pursue this option should contact their local county clerk's office.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Idaho laws for student voters are stricter than most other states. In order to register to vote within their school's voting precinct, students must declare that they intend to pursue permanent residence within that district. Those who cannot make this declaration must continue to maintain voter registration using their parents' address.


Where to Go For More Information

Idaho elections are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.idahovotes.gov

How to Vote in Illinois

Registering to Vote in Illinois

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Illinois if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Illinois resident who has resided in the state and precinct for at least 30 days
  • Are 18 years of age. A person may register at the age of 17, but will not be able to vote until their 18th birthday.

Accepted Identification

Identification requirements vary by registration method.

  • Those who wish to register in-person must provide at least two forms of ID, and at least one must include the applicant's current address
  • Those who wish to register by mail must provide a valid Illinois driver's license or state-issued photo ID. If neither of these are available, applicants may provide the last four digits of their Social Security Number, a photocopied version of another valid photo ID, or a copy of a check, bill, or other government document that clearly states their name and address.

Residency Requirements

  • Voters in Illinois who wish to register must maintain residence in the same precinct for at least 30 days.
  • Those who relocate within the same precinct 27 days or more before the next election may cast a ballot after signing an affidavit.
  • Those who relocate within the same election jurisdiction -- but to a different precinct -- more than 30 days prior to an election are allowed to vote on a grace-period basis. However, they may only vote in federal elections after updating their address.
  • Those who relocate to a different precinct within the state more than 30 days prior to the next election may vote on a grace-period basis or vote in their previous precinct after signing an affidavit.
  • Those who relocate to a different county or municipality "under a board of election commissioners" and do not update their registration may only vote within the precinct of their new address.
  • How to Register

    • In Person: Illinois voters can complete the necessary forms and register in person at one of the following locations:
      • County clerk's office
      • Board of Election Commissioner's office
      • City and Village offices
      • Township offices
      • Schools
      • Public libraries
      • U.S. Military recruitment offices
      • Other locations designated by the election authority
    • By Mail: Voters in Illinois can download a printable version of the registration application and mail the completed form to their local county clerk's office or Board of Election Commissioners.
    • Online: Voters in Illinois may register online using an electronic application.

    Registration Deadline

    The deadline to register to vote for any election in Illinois is 27 days prior to the election date, or 16 days prior to the election date if registering online. For the November 6, 2018 General and Referendum Election, the in-person deadline is October 9, 2018 and the online deadline is October 21, 2018.


    How to Vote

    Where do I Vote?

    Voters in Illinois can choose to cast ballots in person or by mail. Those who wish to vote in person on election day can search for their designated polling station using an online zip code aggregator. Voters who prefer to vote by mail can apply for their Presidential Election ballot beginning on August 10; the application must be received by November 3. Early voting options are available to all Illinois registered voters; they may cast ballots prior to election day at their local office of election authority or a designated Early Voting Center.

    Absentee Voting

    In addition to requesting a mail-in ballot, military servicemembers and other Illinois voters living or temporarily residing overseas can register to vote and receive absentee ballots through the Illinois Military and Oversea Voter Empowerment (MOVE) program.


    Voting in College

    What you need to know

    Students attending college in Illinois may choose to register to vote in their school's precinct after residing in that precinct for at least 30 days. Illinois allows current students to use their official school ID to register. Students attending college outside their home precinct may maintain registration at their parents' residence and vote using an absentee ballot.


    Where to Go For More Information

    Elections in Illinois are run through the Illinois State Board of Elections. For more information, please visit: www.elections.il.gov

How to Vote in Indiana

Registering to Vote in Indiana

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Indiana if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Indiana resident who has resided in the state and precinct for at least 30 days
  • Are 18 years of age
  • Are not currently imprisoned due to a criminal conviction

Accepted Identification

Indiana voters must present one of the following in order to complete their registration:

  • A valid Indiana driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Number

Voter registration is approved after one of these ID types is matched to an existing Indiana identification record with the same name, address, and date of birth. Those who cannot provide any of these first options may instead submit one of the following:

  • A photocopy of a valid photo ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other documentation that clearly states the applicant's name and address.

Residency Requirements

  • Voters may register in the state of Indiana after residing in the same precinct for at least 30 days. An exception to the 30-day minimum is granted to some individuals, including certain military servicemembers.

How to Register

  • In Person: Indiana voters may register in person at their local county voter registration office or Indiana Election Division office.
  • By Mail: Voters in Indiana can mail a signed and completed registration application to the nearest county voter registration office or Indiana Election Division office. A printable form is available online.
  • Online: Indiana voters can register online using an electronic application. A valid driver's license or state-issued ID is required for this option.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on May 8th is April 9, 2018 and the deadline for the General Election on November 6th is October 9, 2018.

The deadline to register to vote for any election in Indiana is 29 days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Indiana cast their ballots at designated polling stations. Registered voters can locate their nearest polling location using an online aggregator.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is allowed for registered Indiana voters that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • A "specific, reasonable expectation of being absent" from voting precinct during the designated voting times.
  • A chronic illness or permanent disability that prevents travel outside the home
  • A preexisting obligation to care for another ill or disabled individual
  • At least 65 years of age
  • Official election duties outside the voting precinct
  • Scheduled work conflicts
  • Religious beliefs that contrast with an in-person visit to the polling center
  • 'Fail safe' procedure (which allows voters to cast ballots if their names are erroneously omitted from polling lists)
  • Military service
  • 'Serious sex offender' status
  • Inability to secure safe transportation to a polling center

Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Indiana may choose to register to vote in their school's precinct after residing there for at least 30 days. Alternatively, those who wish to continue voting in their hometown may maintain registration at their parents' address and vote via absentee ballot.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Indiana are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: https://indianavoters.in.gov/

How to Vote in Iowa

Registering to Vote in Iowa

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Iowa if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Iowa resident
  • Are 18 years of age or older. Applicants who are 17 ½ may register, but are unable to vote until after their 18th birthday
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)

Accepted Identification

Iowa voters are asked to present one of the following for registration:

  • A valid Iowa driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Number

Those who cannot provide these forms of ID may submit one of the following alternatives:

  • Valid out-of-state driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. military ID
  • Valid employee photo ID
  • Student photo ID
  • Copy of a residential lease, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other documentation clearly stating the applicant's name and Iowa address

Residency Requirements

  • Iowa voters must maintain legal residence in the state in order to cast ballots in elections. However, those who are "temporarily away from their homes" are still able to vote.

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Iowa may register in person by completing and signing an application form, and then submitting it to their county auditor's office. A printable form is available online.
  • Online: Iowa voters may register online through the state's Department of Transportation website. A driver's license/state-issued ID and Social Security Number are required for this option.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on June 5th is May 25, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 27, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any general election in Indiana is 10 days prior to the election date and 11 days for all other elections.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Most voters in Iowa cast their ballots at polling stations in their designated precinct. Those who wish to locate the nearest polling center can use an online zip code aggregator.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is offered to all registered voters in Iowa. Absentee voters may cast their ballots ahead of election dates by visiting the county auditor's office; early absentee ballots are available as early as 29 days prior to a designated election date. Absentee voters may not cast ballots in person on election dates unless polls are scheduled to open at noon, in which case they may cast their ballots from 8am to 11am. Per Iowa law, absentee ballots will be delivered to registered voters who reside in healthcare facilities, and then returned to the county advisor's office once the ballot has been completed.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Iowa may maintain registration at a parents' residence if they wish to vote in home precinct elections. Alternatively, they may also register to vote in their school's precinct and participate in local elections.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Iowa are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: https://sos.iowa.gov

How to Vote in Kansas

Registering to Vote in Kansas

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Kansas if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Kansas resident
  • Are 18 years or older. Those who are 17 may register to vote, but will not be able to vote until after their 18th birthday
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)

Accepted Identification

Voters who wish to register in Kansas must provide a valid Kansas driver's license or state-issued ID. On June 18, 2018, Federal District Judge Julie Robinson struck down a law that required documentary proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

Residency Requirements

  • Registered voters in Kansas who relocate to a different county in-state may update their address by re-registering in the new county or completing a change-of-address form for their driver's license. In either case, their name will be removed from the registered voter list in the previous county.
  • Registered Kansas voters who relocate within the same county should update their address as soon as possible. If they are unable to do so before the registration deadline, then they must vote in person and are required to make the necessary changes at their designated polling center.
  • Voters who move to Kansas 45 days or less before a registration deadline may only vote in presidential contests. In order to do so, they must visit their county election office one day before the election and complete the necessary forms.

How to Register

  • In Person: Completed registration forms may be submitted in person at the applicant's local county election office.
  • By Mail: Voters in Kansas may submit completed registration forms to their county election office by mail or fax.
  • Online: An electronic application is available to Kansas voters who wish to register online. A valid Kansas driver's license or state-issued photo ID and valid proof of citizenship are required for this option.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on August 7th is July 17, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 16, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Kansas is 21 days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Most Kansas voters cast ballots at designated polling locations. Those who wish to find the nearest polling center can use an online address aggregator. Those who register for the first time will also receive a card in the mail denoting their assigned voting location. Polls are open from 7am to 7pm on election dates; valid ID will be required for anyone age 64 or younger who plans to vote at a polling center. Any registered voter in Kansas may submit an Application for Advance Ballot by Mail form if they wish to vote from home. These ballots must be received by 7pm on the election date.

Absentee Voting

U.S. military servicemembers and other personnel stationed overseas may request special status that allows them to receive an absentee ballot for every election during that calendar year without individually applying for each one. These individuals are able to email or fax their application to their county election office.


Voting in College

What you need to know

College students in Kansas may choose to remain registered as voters in their home precinct using their parents' residence. Alternatively, they may choose to register to vote in elections in their school's precinct.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Kansas are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.voteks.org

How to Vote in Kentucky

Registering to Vote in Kentucky

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Kentucky if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Kentucky resident
  • Are 18 years of age on or before the next election
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent

Accepted Identification

Voters in Kentucky may complete registration forms with their Social Security Number, and are not required to provide a state-issued driver's license or ID number.

Residency Requirements

  • Registered voters in Kentucky who relocate to a different precinct in-state must re-register using their new address.

How to Register

  • In Person: A voter registration form may be completed and submitted at the applicant's county clerk's office.
  • By Mail: Voters in Kentucky may complete a registration card and mail it to the State Board of Elections. Printable and electronic forms are available online.
  • Online: Kentucky voters may register online using an electronic application.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on May 22nd is April 23, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 9, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Kentucky is 28 days prior to the election.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Kentucky cast their ballots at designated polling station. Those who wish to locate the assigned polling center can search online using their name, date of birth and Social Security Number.

Absentee Voting

Registered voters in Kentucky may obtain an absentee ballot under one or more of the following conditions:

  • They are chronically ill, physically disabled or otherwise unable to visit a polling center in person.
  • They are military personnel or dependents stationed outside the voting precinct at the time of an election date.
  • They are a college student attending school outside their home county.
  • They have temporarily relocated to a different precinct or state but maintain permanent Kentucky residence.
  • They have been incarcerated but not yet convicted of a crime.
  • They are scheduled to work outside their voting precinct during polling center hours.

Additionally, military servicemembers and other personnel stationed overseas who are registered to vote may request an absentee ballot up to one week prior to the election date; ballots must be returned by the time polls close on the election date. Medical emergency ballots are also available within 14 days of a scheduled election.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students who attend a college or university in Kentucky may register to vote in their school's precinct in order to cast ballots in local elections. Alternatively, they may maintain registration in their home precinct using their parents' address.
For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Kentucky are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: http://elect.ky.gov

How to Vote in Louisiana

Registering to Vote in Louisiana

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Louisiana if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Louisiana resident
  • Are 18 years of age or older. Those who are 16 or 17 may pre-register, but may not vote until their 18th birthday.
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent

Accepted Identification

Voters who wish to register in Louisiana must present a valid state-issued driver's license or photo ID. If these are not available, one of the following forms of ID may be used instead:

  • Social Security Number
  • Birth certificate
  • Non-Louisiana driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • U.S. military ID
  • Other valid form of photo ID
  • Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other official document clearly stating the applicant's name and address

Residency Requirements

  • Louisiana voting is designated by parish. Registered voters who relocate to a different parish must re-register using their new address if they wish to vote in their new parish.
  • Most Louisiana voters who claim multiple addresses may choose which address to use when registering to vote. The exception is individuals who claim a homestead exemption as one of their addresses; in these cases, the homestead exemption address must be used.

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Louisiana may submit registration forms in person at the Registrar of Voters office in their home parish. Additionally, registration forms may be submitted at any of the following locations:
    • Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles
    • Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services offices
    • WIC offices
    • Food stamps offices
    • Medicaid offices
    • Offices serving disabled individuals (i.e., Deaf Action Centers or Independent Living Offices)
    • U.S. military recruitment centers
  • By Mail: Voters may mail their registration forms to the Registrar of Voters office in their designated parish. A printable form is available online. Faxed registration applications are not accepted.
  • Online: Louisiana voters may apply for registration online using an electronic application.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on November 6th is October 9, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on December 8th is November 7, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Louisiana is 30 days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Louisiana can cast ballots at the polls from 7am to 8pm on Saturday election dates and 6am to 8pm on Tuesday election dates; all voters in line by 8pm are guaranteed the right to vote in the election that day. Registered voters can search for polling locations in their assigned parish using an online aggregator. Early voting options are available to all registered Louisiana voters 14 to seven days prior to a designated election date.

Absentee Voting

Registered Louisiana voters temporarily living overseas -- including military servicemembers and their dependents and voters who are hospitalized -- are allowed to vote by absentee ballot. Absentee applications must be requested no later than 4:30pm on the day before an election date. Other absentee voters must request their ballot no later than four days prior to the election date. Eligible absentee voters include:

  • College students or professors (or their dependents) living outside their designated parish.
  • Religious leaders and their dependents assigned outside their home parish.
  • Individuals with preexisting commitments (i.e., work) that require them to be absent from their home parish on election dates.
  • Individuals who have relocated more than 100 miles from their previous parish after the registration deadline has passed.
  • Individuals who expect to be hospitalized but did not know their medical status during the early voting period.
  • Individuals who have been incarcerated but not charged with a felony.
  • Individuals who will be sequestered (i.e., jury members) on the election date.
  • Participants in the secretary of state's Address Confidentiality Program.

Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Louisiana may register to vote in their school's parish in order to participate in local elections. Alternatively, they may maintain registration at their parents' address and vote in home parish elections using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Louisiana are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.sos.la.gov

How to Vote in Maine

Registering to Vote in Maine

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Maine if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Maine resident
  • Are at least 18 years of age. Those who are 17 may register, but will not be able to vote until their 18th birthday.

Accepted Identification

Voters in Maine must submit one of the following ID types:

  • Valid Maine driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Number

Those who cannot provide any of these ID types may submit a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other documentation that clearly states their name and address.

Residency Requirements

  • Voters in Maine must declare residence in order to register to vote in their current address's precinct. The legal definition of 'residence' pertaining to Maine voting laws contains two parts: "the establishment of a fixed and principal home in a given place, and… the intent to return there whenever temporarily absent."
  • The state Registrar of Voters can use one of the following factors to determine whether or not a voting registration applicant has officially established residence:
    • A "direct statement" of intent to reside at a particular address.
    • The address of a temporary dwelling occupied by the applicant.
    • The address where a motor vehicle is registered.
    • The address linked to the applicant's current tax return.
    • The address where mail is received by the applicant.
    • The address linked to the applicant's hunting or fishing license.
    • The address printed on the applicant's driver's license.
    • The applicant's 'eligibility for public benefits' based on their residence

How to Register

  • In Person: Voter registration in Maine may be completed in person at the applicant's city or town hall, nearest Department of Motor Vehicles office, voter registration drives and state and federal social service agencies.
  • By Mail: Completed voter registration forms may be mailed to the Maine Secretary of State's office in Augusta.

Registration Deadline

Maine has same-day voter registration. There is no deadline if it is completed in person at a town office or city hall. If registering by mail or through a voter registration drive, the deadline is the close of business on the 21st day before the election. For the November 6, 2018 General and Referendum Election, the cut-off date is Tuesday, October 16, 2018.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Maine may cast their ballots at most designated polling centers on election dates between 6am to 8pm (although some locations open as late as 10am). Voters should check with their local town office or city hall for the address of their assigned polling station.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter in Maine may obtain an absentee ballot without providing a reason. Absentee ballot applications are available through the town office or city hall in the voter's designated precinct.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Maine may register to vote in their school's precinct once they have officially established residence there. Alternatively, they may remain registered at their parents' address and vote in home precinct elections using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Maine are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/

How to Vote in Maryland

Registering to Vote in Maryland

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Maryland if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Maryland resident
  • Are at least 16 years of age, although only those 18 years and older may vote in elections
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been convicted of buying or selling votes

  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent
  • Are not under guardianship for a mental disability

Accepted Identification

Maryland voters who wish to register must provide one of the following. An application will not be processed without one of these ID types unless the applicant, under penalty of perjury, affirms that they do not currently have any of them:

  • A valid Maryland driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Number

Those who cannot provide one of these ID types may submit a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other type of documentation that clearly states their name and address.

Residency Requirements

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Maryland may submit their registration applications in person at any of the following locations:
    • A local or state board of elections office
    • Department of Health and Mental Hygiene offices
    • Department of Social Services offices
    • Motor Vehicle Administration offices
    • Offices on Aging
    • MTA Paratransit Certification offices
    • Any public higher-learning institution
    • U.S. military recruitment offices
    • Marriage licensing offices
    • Offices for students with disabilities
  • By Mail: Voters in Maryland may mail a registration application to their local or state board of elections. A printable version of the registration form is available online.
  • Online: Maryland voters may register electronically using the Online Voter Registration System (OLVR).

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on June 26th is June 5, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 16, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Maryland is 21 days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Maryland voters can cast ballots at designated polling stations between 7am and 8pm on designated election dates. Those who miss the registration deadline may participate in early voting by bringing a valid form of ID to a designated early voting center. Early voting is available from the second Thursday to last Thursday before a scheduled election date, from 10am to 8pm each day the early voting centers are open.


Absentee Voting

Any registered voter in Maryland may request an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots may be obtained online or in person at a local board of elections office. A printable version of the application is available online; this may also be submitted at the local board of elections office. Absentee requests must be received one week before election dates for voters who want to receive their ballot by mail or fax, and three days before election dates for those who wish to download their ballot online.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Maryland must register in their school's precinct if they wish to vote in local elections. Alternatively, they can maintain registration at their parents' address and vote in home precinct elections using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Maryland are run through the Maryland State Board of Elections. For more information, please visit: www.elections.state.md.us

How to Vote in Massachusetts

Registering to Vote in Massachusetts

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Massachusetts if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Massachusetts resident
  • Are 18 years of age, or will be 18 when the next election takes place
  • Are not incarcerated due to a felony conviction

Accepted Identification

  • Valid Massachusetts driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Number
  • Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other form of documentation clearly stating the applicant's name and address

Residency Requirements

  • Voters must update their registration information every time they relocate to a different address.
  • As long as they have not re-registered, a Massachusetts voter may cast ballots in state elections using their previous in-state address for up to six months after moving.

How to Register

  • In Person: Massachusetts voters may register in person at their local elections office, the Election Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office, or any Department of Motor Vehicles office.
  • By Mail: Voters in Massachusetts may complete, sign and mail registration forms to their local election official. A printable version of the application form is available online in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on September 4th is August 15, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 17, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Massachusetts is 20 days prior to the election date and the deadline for registration for special town meetings is 10 days.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Massachusetts cast ballots at designated polling stations on state election days from 7am to 8pm, polling hours for local elections may vary; some locations may be open as early as 5:45am to accommodate high expected voter turnout. Voters can search for their assigned polling place using an online address aggregator.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is available for military servicemembers and other personnel working outside their voting precinct on election dates, chronically ill or physically disabled individuals and other registered voters who are unable to visit polling stations on election dates due to preexisting commitments (i.e., work or higher education). Absentee ballot requests must be submitted no later than 12pm on the day before scheduled election dates.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Massachusetts must register in their school's voting precinct in order to vote in local elections. Alternatively, they may maintain registration in their home precinct using their parents' address and vote using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Massachusetts are run through the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office. For more information, please visit: www.sec.state.ma.us

How to Vote in Michigan

Registering to Vote in Michigan

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Michigan if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Michigan resident
  • Are 18 years or older on the next election date
  • A resident of the city or township where applying to register to vote

Accepted Identification

Voters who wish to register in Michigan must enter a valid state-issued driver's license or ID number on their application form. Alternatively, they may provide photocopies of one of the following forms of ID:

  • Valid Michigan driver's license or state-issued ID
  • Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other documentation clearly stating their name and current address

Residency Requirements

  • Michigan voters must update their registration information every time they relocate to a different address.
  • The residence used for voter registration must match the address on the applicant's driver's license. Those who complete change-of-address forms for their driver's license will have their voter registration information automatically updated.

How to Register

  • In Person: Michigan voters can complete the registration form and submit it in person at any county, city or township clerk's office, as well as the Secretary of State's office.
  • By Mail: Voters in Michigan may mail their registration application to their county, city or township clerk's office. However, those who choose this option are required to vote in person at their first election.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on August 7th is July 9, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 9, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Michigan is 30 days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Michigan voters cast ballots in person at polling centers denoted on their voter identification cards. Anyone who visits a polling center must either provide photo ID or sign an affidavit affirming they are not in possession of photo ID.

Absentee Voting

Michigan allows voters to submit absentee ballot applications until 2pm on the Saturday before a scheduled election date. Absentee voters may also vote in person until 4pm on the day before an election date. In order to receive an absentee ballot, voters must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • They are unable to visit polling stations without assistance.
  • They are 60 years of age or older
  • They expect to be absent from their city or township during the polling center hours on the election date.
  • They have been arrested or are awaiting arraignment but have not been charged with a felony.
  • They have been assigned to work as a precinct inspector in a precinct outside the one in which they are registered to vote.
  • They have religious beliefs that contrast with in-person polling station visits.

Voting in College

What you need to know

College students may choose to register to vote in their school's voting district; if this is their first time to register, then they will be required to visit the polls in person on the first election date. Alternatively, they may opt to remain registered in their home district by using their parents' address.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Michigan are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us

How to Vote in Minnesota

Registering to Vote in Minnesota

Voter Eligibility

A person can vote in Minnesota if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Minnesota resident
  • Are 18 years of age, or will be 18 by the next election
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent
  • Are under guardianship and have not had their voting rights revoked

Accepted Identification

The following forms of ID are required for online registration:

  • Valid Minnesota driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Last four digits of the applicant's Social Security Number

Those who cannot provide any of these must fill out a printed application and check the appropriate box.

Residency Requirements

  • Minnesota voters must update their registration information every time they relocate to a different address in the state.
  • As an alternative, voters who complete a change-of-address form through the U.S. Postal Service will have their registration address automatically updated.

How to Register

  • In Person: Minnesota voters can submit a registration form in person at the Secretary of State's office in St. Paul.
  • By Mail: Voters in Minnesota can mail their registration application to the Secretary of State's office in St. Paul. A printable form is available online in 11 different languages.
  • Online: Voters in Minnesota can register online using an electronic application. A valid driver's license/state-issued ID or Social Security Number is required for this option.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on August 14th is July 24, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 16, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Minnesota is 21 days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters who wish to cast ballots in person can use an online search tool to locate their designated polling center.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is available to any registered voter in Minnesota. Voters may request an early voting mail-in ballot, even if they have not yet registered to vote. Those who wish to vote early in person may do so beginning 46 days before the scheduled election date at designated early voting centers, and no later than the day before the election date.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Minnesota may register to vote in their school's precinct and cast ballots in local elections. Or, if they prefer, they may remain registered using their parents' address and vote in home elections with an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Minnesota are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us

How to Vote in Mississippi

Registering to Vote in Mississippi

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Mississippi if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Mississippi resident
  • Are 18 years of age or older by the next election
  • Haven't been declared mentally incompetent by a court
  • Haven't been convicted of a

Accepted Identification

Voters who register in Mississippi must submit one of the following forms of ID. If they are unable to do so, then they must vote in person at their first election and present valid ID at the polling station.

  • Valid Mississippi driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Number
  • Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other form of documentation that clearly states the applicant's name and address

Residency Requirements

  • Mississippi voters must update their registration information every time they relocate to a different address within the state.

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Mississippi can submit a registration form in person at their Circuit Clerk's office, Municipal Clerk's office, or at Department of Safety offices when they renew their driver's license.
  • By Mail: Mississippi voters may mail their registration form to their Circuit Clerk's office. A printable version of the application is available online.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on June 5th is May 7, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 8, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Mississippi is 30 days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Mississippi voters cast ballots in person at designated polling stations. As of 2014, all voters must present a valid form of ID in order to vote. Those who wish to locate their assigned polling station can use an online address aggregator. Exemptions are given to individuals with religious objections to having their picture taken (and thus, receiving a photo ID). Voters who do not present ID will not have their ballots invalidated if they sign a separate affidavit with their Circuit Clerk within five days of the election date.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting rights are granted to military servicemembers and their dependents who are stationed outside their voting precinct on election dates.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Mississippi must register to vote in their school's precinct if they wish to vote in local elections.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Mississippi are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.sos.ms.gov

How to Vote in Missouri

Registering to Vote in Missouri

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Missouri if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Missouri resident
  • Are at least 17 1/2 years of age, though they must be 18 to vote in any election
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)

Accepted Identification

Missouri voters who with to vote must submit a Missouri driver's license number and the last four digits of their Social Security Number. If neither of these are available, the following forms of ID are accepted:

  • Valid state-issued photo ID or other valid photo ID
  • Birth certificate
  • Valid tribal ID
  • Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other form of documentation clearly stating the applicant's name and address
  • Other proof of U.S. citizenship

Residency Requirements

  • Voters in Missouri who relocate to a different voting district must update their registration information to include their new address.

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Missouri may submit their registration form in person at their County Clerk's office; they may locate their clerk's address using an online aggregator.
  • By Mail: Missouri voters may complete, sign and mail their registration application to their County Clerk's office. A printable version of the form is available online.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on August 7th is July 11, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 10, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Missouri is the fourth Wednesday before any election.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Missouri may cast ballots at polling stations on election dates between 6am and 7pm. Voters can locate their designated polling location using an online aggregator. Please note that voters must provide valid ID in order to cast votes; an exemption will be granted if two supervising election judges, "one from each major political party", can affirm the voter's identity.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is available to registered Missouri voters who meet one of the following criteria:

  • The individual expects to be absent on election date in their designated district due to work, college or other preexisting conflicts.
  • The individual is confined due to a chronic illness or permanent disability.
  • The individual has religious beliefs that conflict with in-person voting.
  • The individual is employed by an election authority or other agency that requires them to be absent from their voting district on the election date.
  • The individual is currently incarcerated but has not yet been charged with a felony.
  • The individual is a participant in Mississippi's address confidentiality program.

Disabled individuals may request and receive permanent absentee status. Absentee ballot requests must be received no later than 5pm on the Wednesday prior to an election date. Those who have applied for an absentee ballot by mail and have not voted in person yet must provide a copy of photo identification.


Voting in College

What you need to know

College students in Missouri may choose to register to vote in their school's precinct and take part in local elections. Alternatively, they may maintain registration using their parents' address and continue voting in home precinct elections.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Missouri are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.sos.mo.gov

How to Vote in Montana

Registering to Vote in Montana

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Montana if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Montana resident who has lived in the state for at least 30 days
  • Are 18 years of age, or will turn 18 on or before the next election

Accepted Identification

  • Valid Montana driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Number
  • Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or another form of documentation that clearly states the applicant's name and Montana address

Residency Requirements

  • Voters who wish to register in Montana must reside in the state for at least 30 days prior to the next election.

How to Register

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on June 5th is May 7, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 9, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Montana is 30 days before any election. Late registration options are available beginning 29 days before any election; the deadline for late registration is 8pm on the election date (or whenever polls close).


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Montana voters who wish to cast ballots in person may do so at designated polling stations. Montana's voter ID laws require all voters to present a valid photo ID or current documentation stating their name and address. Those who are unable to provide acceptable ID at the polls are allowed to fill out a 'Polling Place Elector ID' form or cast a provisional ballot.

Absentee Voting

As of 1999, any registered voter in Montana may request and cast an Applications for absentee ballots without providing a reason. Absentee voters are allowed to cast their ballots in person at their county election office, or they may mail their ballot; in either case, the voter's ballot will not be counted until the election date. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by 12pm on the day before the next scheduled election date.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Montana may register to vote in their school's voting district in order to cast ballots in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered in their home district using their parents' address.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Montana are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: http://sos.mt.gov

How to Vote in Nebraska

Registering to Vote in Nebraska

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Nebraska if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Nebraska resident
  • Are 18 years of age on or before the first Tuesday in November
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or, if convicted, at least two years have passed since all terms of their sentence have been met – including any parole terms or probation
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent

Accepted Identification

A valid Nebraska driver's license or state-issued photo ID are required for online registration. Voters who cannot provide valid photo ID must submit a written registration application that includes a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other documentation that states their name and Nebraska address.

Residency Requirements

  • Voters who wish to register to vote in Nebraska must maintain a permanent residence in the state and re-register every time they relocate to a different address.

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Nebraska may register to vote in person at their County Clerk or Election Commissioner's office, as well as their local Department of Motor Vehicles office and other state agency offices.
  • By Mail: Registration forms may be mailed to the voter's County Clerk or Election Commissioner's office. A printable version of the registration form is available online.
  • Online: Online registration is available to any Nebraska voter who can provide a valid state-issued driver's license or ID card number. Those who use this option will not need to provide an electronic signature; instead, their signature will be automatically retrieved from their license/ID records through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Registration Deadline

For in person registration, the deadline is at 6pm on the second Friday before the election. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by the third Friday before the next election. For the November 6, 2018 General and Referendum Election, the in person deadline is October 26, 2018. The mail-in registration cut-off is October 19, 2018


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Nebraska who wish to cast ballots in person must do so at their designated polling place on scheduled election dates between 8am and 8pm in the Central Time Zone and 7am to 7pm in the Mountain Time Zone. Those who wish to locate their designated polling location can use an online address aggregator.

Absentee Voting

Since 1999, the state of Nebraska allows any registered voter to cast an early voting (formerly 'absentee') ballot without providing a reason. Early voting applications are available beginning 120 days prior to the next statewide primary or general election, and are accepted until 4pm on the Wednesday before the scheduled election date. Absentee voters may also cast early ballots in person at their local county office beginning 30 days prior to the election date; these ballots are mailed to non-military Nebraska residents 35 days before the election date.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students who attend a college or university in Nebraska may register to vote in their school's district and cast ballots in local elections. Alternatively, they may choose to remain registered in their hometown using their parents' address.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Nebraska are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.sos.ne.gov

How to Vote in Nevada

Registering to Vote in Nevada

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Nevada if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal resident of Nevada who has lived in the state for at least 30 days
  • Are 18 years of age or older, or will turn 18 on or before the next election date
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been declared mentally incompetent by a court of law

Accepted Identification

  • Valid Nevada driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Valid U.S. military ID
  • Valid Sheriff's Work ID
  • Any valid employee ID issued by a branch or subdivision of any federal or state government agency
  • Valid student ID
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Valid tribal ID
  • Other forms of ID may be accepted; applicants should check with their local county clerk or Registrar of Voters for more information

Residency Requirements

  • Voters in Nevada must reside in the state for at least 30 days in order to receive approval for their registration application.

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Nevada may submit registration forms in person at their county clerk's office, Registrar of Voters office, city clerk office or any Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles office.
  • By Mail: Voters in Nevada may submit registration forms by mail to their county clerk's office, Registrar of Voters office, city clerk office or any Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles office.
  • Online: Online registration is available for Nevada voters.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on June 12th is May 12, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 6, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Nevada is 30 days before any election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Nevada may cast their ballots in person at designated polling stations between the hours of 7am and 7pm. Early voting is available to registered voters throughout the state during the 14-day period prior to any scheduled primary or general election date. All voters at polling stations must present valid photo ID or documentation stating the individual's name and address, such as a bank statement, utility bill, paycheck or credit card statement.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is offered to any registered voter in Nevada. Absentee ballot request forms may be obtained from the local county clerk's office or Registrar of Voters office; completed applications must be mailed one week prior to the scheduled election date.

Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending a college or university in Nevada may register to vote in their school's district and cast ballots in person for local elections. Alternatively, they may opt to remain registered at their parents' address and vote in home district elections with an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Nevada are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: http://nvsos.gov

How to Vote in New Hampshire

Registering to Vote in New Hampshire

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in New Hampshire if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal New Hampshire resident
  • Are 18 years of age, or will turn 18 on or before the next election date

Accepted Identification

Anyone who registers to vote in New Hampshire must provide valid identification that affirms their 'identity, age, citizenship and domicile'. Those who are unable to provide acceptable ID are asked to sign an affidavit.

Residency Requirements

  • New Hampshire voters must register to vote at their current domicile, which is defined as the "place, more than any other, where you sleep most nights of the year, or to which you intend to return after a temporary absence".

How to Register

  • In Person: New Hampshire voters may register in person at any town or city clerk's office in the community where their domicile is located. Another option is for voters to meet with their community supervisor, who are required to facilitate meetings in their town or city on the second Saturday (or 10 days) prior to any election.

Registration Deadline

The last day to register is the day that the Supervisors of the Checklist set their meeting. They are required to meet on a day between 6 and 13 days prior to the election date. Voters can check with their local clerk's office, town/city website, or newspaper for this date. If they miss the date, they can register to vote at the polls on election day.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in New Hampshire cast ballots in person at designated polling centers based on the town or city where their domicile is located. Voters must present valid proof of their name, age, citizenship and address at all polling locations.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is available in New Hampshire to any registered voter who has pre existing commitments (i.e. work, school or military service) preventing them from visiting their voting district on the scheduled election date. Those who cannot visit a polling place due to physical disability, chronic illness and/or conflicting religious beliefs may also vote with an absentee ballot.


Voting in College

What you need to know

College students in New Hampshire may register to vote using their current domicile and vote in elections in their school's district. Alternatively, they may remain registered with their parents' domicile and vote in home district elections with an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in New Hampshire are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: http://sos.nh.gov

How to Vote in New Jersey

Registering to Vote in New Jersey

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in New Jersey if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal resident of New Jersey who has resided in the same county for at least 30 days
  • Are at least 17 years of age at the time of registration, and will turn 18 on or before the next election
  • Are not currently serving a "sentence, probation or parole" for a felony conviction

Accepted Identification

New Jersey voters are asked to provide a valid New Jersey driver's license/state-issued ID number or Social Security Number on their registration application. Those who cannot provide these forms of ID are asked to sign the appropriate box on the application.

Residency Requirements

  • New Jersey voters must reside in the same county in-state for 30 days before their registration is approved.

How to Register

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on June 5th is May 15, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 16, 2018. The deadline to register to vote by mail for any election in New Jersey is 21 days before any election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in New Jersey may vote in person at designated polling stations; those who wish to locate their nearest polling center may use an absentee ballot. Voters may be asked to present valid at their polling location. If they are unable to provide a valid driver's license or other form of photo ID, then they may present a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other form of documentation with their name and New Jersey address. Those who do not provide any identification will be given a provisional ballot, and must present valid ID to their county clerk's office before close of business on the second day after a scheduled election date.

Absentee Voting

New Jersey voters may choose to vote by mail with an absentee ballot. Those who apply for mail-in voting must submit their application by mail within seven days of a scheduled election date, or apply in person before 3pm one day prior to the election. Although most absentee voters are required to submit a signed application by mail, a signature exemption is granted to military and overseas voters, who are allowed to submit an electronic absentee application.


Voting in College

What you need to know

New Jersey college students may register to vote in their school's precinct if they wish to cast ballots in local elections. As an alternative, they may remain registered at their parents' address and vote in home district elections.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in New Jersey are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voting-information.html

How to Vote in New Mexico

Registering to Vote in New Mexico

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in New Mexico if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal New Mexico resident
  • Are 18 years of age on or prior the next election date
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent

Accepted Identification

The following forms of ID are required for voters registering for the first time in New Mexico. Those who are unable to provide any of these ID types must do so the first time they vote at a polling center or cast an absentee ballot:

  • Valid New Mexico driver's license or state-issued ID
  • Other valid form of photo ID, including tribal ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other documentation that clearly states their name and New Mexico address

Residency Requirements

  • New Mexico voters who relocate to a different residence must re-register through their new county clerk's office or the Secretary of State's office.

How to Register

  • In Person: New Mexico voters may register in person by submitting a National Voter Registration form or New Mexico Certificate of Registration form to their county clerk's office, Secretary of State's office or other qualifying federal and state agency offices. New Mexico residents may also register at voter registration drives using third-party forms.
  • By Mail: New Mexico voters may mail their completed and signed registration forms to their local county clerk's office or the Secretary of State's office.
  • Online: Voters in New Mexico are allowed to register online. The applicant's name, Social Security Number and date of birth must match Department of Motor Vehicle records in order for the registration form to be approved.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on June 5th is May 8, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 9, 2018. The deadline to register to vote by mail for any election in New Jersey is 28 days before any election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

New Mexico voters cast ballots in person at designated polling centers. Early voting is available at official polling locations for 14 days prior to the scheduled election date.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter in New Mexico may request and obtain an absentee ballot without providing a reason. Absentee voting begins roughly four weeks before every primary or general election; absentee ballots must be received by 7pm on the scheduled election date.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students who attend a college or university in New Mexico may choose to register to vote in their school's district and participate in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered in their home district using their parents' address and vote using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in New Mexico are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.sos.state.nm.us/

How to Vote in New York

Registering to Vote in New York

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in New York if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal New York resident who has lived at their present address for at least 30 days
  • Are 18 years of age, or will be 18 by December 31 of the year their application is submitted
  • Are not imprisoned or on parole due to a felony conviction (unless full voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been "adjudged mentally incompetent" by a court of law

Accepted Identification

  • Valid New York driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Number
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other form of documentation clearly stating the applicant's name and address

Residency Requirements

  • New York voters who wish to register must maintain residence in the same city, town or village for at least 30 days before their application will be approved.
  • Registered voters who relocate must submit a change-of-address to their county board of elections office at least 20 days before a general, primary or state election.

How to Register

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on June 26th is June 1, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 12, 2018.

The deadline to register to vote by mail or in person for any election in New York is 25 days before the scheduled election date; mailed registration forms must be received at least 20 days before the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

New York voters who wish to cast ballots in person can locate their designated polling location by using an online address aggregator or contacting their county board of elections office. Most polling centers are open from 6am to 9pm on scheduled election dates; in select counties, these centers will be open from 12pm to 9pm.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting in New York is permitted for registered voters who meet the following criteria:

  • Any voter who "expects in good faith" to be absent from the county on election day is eligible for an absentee ballot.
  • They are unable to visit polling locations due to physical disability or chronic illness, or they are considered a caregiver for a disabled and/or sick person.
  • They are a patient or inmate at a Veterans' Administration Hospital.
  • They are detained in jail awaiting a Grand Jury decision or have been imprisoned for a non-felony offense.

Absentee ballot applications must be received in the mail within seven days of the scheduled election date, or submitted by hand no later than one day before the election. A letter requesting an absentee ballot must be received by the county board of elections office between seven and 30 days prior to the election date.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in New York may register to vote in their school's district after residing at the same address for at least 30 days. Alternatively, they may remain registered with their parents' address and continue voting in home district elections with an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in New York are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.elections.ny.gov

How to Vote in North Carolina

Registering to Vote in North Carolina

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in North Carolina if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal North Carolina resident who has lived at the same address for at least 30 days
  • Are 18 years of age on or before the next election
  • Are not serving a prison sentence, on probation or on parole due to a felony conviction (unless voting rights have been restored)

Accepted Identification

  • Valid North Carolina driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Another form of valid photo ID, such as a U.S. military ID or a tribal ID
  • Social Security Number
  • A utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other form of documentation that shows the applicant's name and North Carolina address

Residency Requirements

  • North Carolina voters must reside at the same address for at least 30 days before their registration application can be approved.

How to Register

  • In Person: North Carolina voters may register in person by submitting an application to the board of elections office in their designated county, as well as a local Department of Motor Vehicles office or other state or federal agency office that allows voter registration. Voter registration drives are also offered throughout the state.
  • By Mail: Voters in North Carolina may mail their registration forms to their designated board of elections office.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on May 8th is April 13, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 12, 2018.

The deadline to register to vote by mail or in person for any election in North Carolina is 25 days before the scheduled election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

North Carolina voters who are not approved to cast an absentee ballot must vote in person at designated polling stations. An online address aggregator allows voters to search for their polling location. Voters must present a valid form of ID in order to cast ballots at the polls.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter in North Carolina may request a mail-in absentee ballot without providing a reason for doing so. Absentee ballot requests must be received no later than 5pm on the Tuesday before any scheduled election date. Early in-person absentee voting is also allowed at county board of elections offices or alternate locations; early voting takes place in North Carolina from the third Thursday before an election until 1pm on the Saturday prior to an election date.


Voting in College

What you need to know

College students in North Carolina may register to vote in their school's voting district instead of their parents' if they do not have a "clear intent to return" to return to their original address after graduation. Alternatively, they may maintain registration with their parents' address and vote in home district elections with an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in North Carolina are run through the North Carolina State Board of Elections. For more information, please visit: https://www.ncsbe.gov/Elections

How to Vote in North Dakota

Registering to Vote in North Dakota

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in North Dakota if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • A legal North Dakota resident who has lived in the same precinct for at least 30 days prior to the next election
  • Are 18 years of age, or will turn 18 on or before the next election

Accepted Identification

Since 1951, North Dakota has allowed residents to vote without officially registering. Instead, each voting precinct in the state maintains a list of residents who have participated in previous elections. In order to vote in North Dakota, residents must provide identification that clearly states their name, date of birth and current address. Acceptable forms of ID for voting in-person include:

  • Valid North Dakota driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Valid tribal ID
  • Long-term care certificate provided by a North Dakota healthcare facility

Additionally, these forms of ID are required for absentee voting. A valid U.S. passport is required for voters who are currently residing outside the United States without another valid form of identification. Other voters in North Dakota who cannot provide valid ID may use an attester who is willing to affirm the voter's eligibility in writing on their absentee/mail-in ballot application. Attesters must provide their name and valid ID number.

Residency Requirements

  • North Dakota voters who relocate to a different precinct in-state may vote in elections in their previous precinct until their identification (i.e., driver's license) has been updated to reflect the change of address.

How to Register

Since voter registration is not required in North Dakota, any resident who meets legal criteria and has lived in the same precinct for at least 30 days may vote in any state, primary or general election.

Registration Deadline

Voters in North Dakota are not required to register to vote, so there is no registration deadline.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in North Dakota who wish to cast ballots in person must do so at their precinct's designated polling center. They may use an online aggregator to search for their polling location by entering their state-issued ID number, date of birth or residential address; polling hours on election dates vary by precinct. Voters must present a valid ID at polling stations in order to cast their ballots. Additionally, some counties in North Dakota use mail-in ballots; these are mailed to all residents within 40 to 50 days of a scheduled election date.

Absentee Voting

Any voter in North Dakota may request, obtain and vote with an absentee ballot without providing a reason. Absentee request forms are available throughout the calendar year. Absentee ballots are available 40 days prior to any election; completed forms may be mailed, faxed or submitted in person to the voter's county auditor's office.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Since North Dakota does not require voter registration, students attending a college or university in the state can vote in elections in their school's precinct as long as they have maintained residence there for at least 30 days. Alternatively, they may choose to continue voting in elections in their home precinct using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in North Dakota are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: http://sos.nd.gov

How to Vote in Ohio

Registering to Vote in Ohio

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Ohio if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Ohio resident who has lived in the state for at least 30 days prior to the next election date
  • Are 18 years of age, or will turn 18 on or before the next general election
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent
  • Have not been "permanently disenfranchised for violations of election laws"

Accepted Identification

Voters in Ohio who register in person or by mail are asked to provide a valid Ohio driver's license number, state-issued ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security Number. If an applicant is unable to provide one of these approved forms of ID, then they may submit a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck of other form of documentation that clearly states their name and Ohio address.

Residency Requirements

  • Ohio voters must register using their permanent residence, which is defined as "the place in which your habitation is fixed and to which, whenever you are absent, you intend to return".
  • Those who do not have a permanent residence in Ohio may register to vote using their temporary address (i.e., a homeless shelter).

How to Register

  • In Person: Ohio voters may complete the necessary forms and register in person at any of the following locations. Forms submitted on behalf of another registered voter must be sent to a county board of elections office or the Secretary of State's office.
    • Any county board of elections office, this is the most recommended place to mail applications
    • The Ohio Secretary of State's office
    • Bureau of Motor Vehicles or Deputy Registrars offices
    • Department of Job and Family Services offices
    • Department of Health offices
    • Department of Mental Health offices
    • Department of Developmental Disabilities offices
    • Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities offices
    • Any state-assisted college or university with disabled student services
    • County Treasurer's office
    • Any public or vocational high school
    • Any public library
  • By Mail: Voters in Ohio can mail their registration forms to any of the following locations. A printable version of the registration form is available in English and Spanish.
    • Any county board of elections office
    • The Ohio Secretary of State's office
    • Bureau of Motor Vehicles or Deputy Registrars offices
    • Department of Job and Family Services offices
    • Department of Health offices
    • Department of Mental Health offices
    • Department of Developmental Disabilities offices
    • Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities offices
    • Any state-assisted college or university with disabled student services
    • County Treasurer's office
    • Any public or vocational high school
    • Any public library

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on May 8th is April 9, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 9, 2018.

The deadline to register to vote by mail or in person for any election in Ohio is 30 days before the scheduled election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Ohio may cast their ballots in person at designated polling stations on scheduled election dates between 630am and 730pm. Those who wish to locate their polling center can use an online search aggregator or contact their local county board of elections. Voters must present a valid form of ID before they are allowed to cast ballots at polling locations. Ohioans may also partake in early in-person voting at the county boards of election. Early voting begins October 12.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter in Ohio may use an absentee ballot without providing a reason for doing so. Absentee ballot applications are usually available 90 days before a scheduled election date, and must be received by the voter's county board of elections by noon the third day before the election. Absentee voters may submit their ballots beginning the day after voter registration closes, and these ballots must be received by the time polling stations close on election day. Voters who must visit a hospital (or take a child to the hospital) on election days are allowed to submit a last-minute absentee ballot request by 3pm on the election date.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Ohio may register to vote in their school's precinct after they have resided there for at least 30 days. Alternatively, they may remain registered on their parents' address and participate in home precinct elections using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Ohio are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.sos.state.oh.us

How to Vote in Oklahoma

Registering to Vote in Oklahoma

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Oklahoma if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Oklahoma resident
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incapacitated

Accepted Identification

Voters in Oklahoma who register in person or by mail are asked to provide a valid Oklahoma driver's license number, state-issued ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security Number. If an applicant is unable to provide one of these approved forms of ID, then they must check the appropriate box on their application and submit a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck of other form of documentation that clearly states their name and Oklahoma address.

Residency Requirements

  • Oklahoma voters are asked to provide a street address matching their current residence. If a postal address is not available, they may submit directions of coordinates (section, township and range) of their home.

How to Register

  • In Person: Oklahoma voters may submit their completed registration forms in person to their County Election Board office, local post office, public library, tag agency or other agency-based office where voter registration services are available.
  • By Mail: Completed and signed voter registration forms may be mailed to the Oklahoma State Election Board. A printable version of the form is available online with a pre-entered address.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on June 26th is June 1, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 12, 2018. The deadline to register to vote by mail or in person for any election in Oklahoma is 24 days before the scheduled election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Oklahoma who wish to cast their ballots in person must visit a designated polling center. Those who wish to locate their polling station can use an online address aggregator. Valid ID is required to vote at polling locations; acceptable forms include any valid ID issued by the state or federal government that features the voter's name and photograph. Early voting is available on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday prior to any scheduled election date.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter in Oklahoma may request, obtain and cast an absentee ballot without providing a reason for doing so. Absentee ballot requests must be received by the Wednesday prior to any scheduled election date, and the ballots must be submitted by close of polls on election day.


Voting in College

What you need to know

College students in Oklahoma are welcome to register to vote in their school's precinct and vote in local elections. Alternatively, they may choose to remain registered with their parents' address and vote in home precinct elections using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Oklahoma are run through the Oklahoma State Election Board. For more information, please visit: www.ok.gov/elections

How to Vote in Oregon

Registering to Vote in Oregon

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Oregon if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Oregon resident
  • Are at least 17 years of age, although applicants will not receive a ballot until an election on or after their 18th birthday

Accepted Identification

A valid Oregon driver's license or state-issued ID is required for online voter registration. If either of these are unavailable, the following forms of ID are accepted:

  • Social Security Number
  • Valid U.S. military ID, tribal ID or other form of photo ID
  • Proof of eligibility under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act or the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other form of documentation that clearly states the applicant's name and Oregon address

Residency Requirements

  • Oregon voters must update their registration information if they relocate to a new address.

How to Register

  • In Person: Oklahoma voters may pick up registration forms in person at their County Election Board office, local post office, public library, tag agency or other agency-based office where voter registration services are available. They must still be turned in or mailed to the State or County election boards relative to the address of the voter.
  • By Mail: Voters in Oregon may mail their completed and signed registration forms to their designated county elections office. A printable version of the application is available in English and Spanish.
  • Online: Oregon voters may complete their registration online at MyVote.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on May 15th is April 24, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 16, 2018. The deadline to register to vote by mail or in person for any election in Oregon is 21 days before the scheduled election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Oregon has adopted a statewide vote-by-mail system, allowing all registered voters to cast their ballots without visiting polling stations. All mailed ballots are sent out two to three weeks prior to scheduled election dates. All ballots must be mailed/postmarked or submitted to a designated drop box by 8pm on the election date.

Absentee Voting

Absentee ballots are available to registered voters who will be away from their home district during an election cycle. Absentee applications must be mailed to the voter's county elections office; a printable version of the request form is available online.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending college in Oregon may register to vote in their school's district and cast ballots in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered in their home district using their parents' address and vote using absentee ballots.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Oregon are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: http://sos.oregon.gov

How to Vote in Pennsylvania

Registering to Vote in Pennsylvania

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Pennsylvania if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States for at least one month prior to the next election date
  • Are a legal Pennsylvania resident who has lived in the same voting district for at least 30 days prior to the next election
  • Will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next election

Accepted Identification

Voters who register in Pennsylvania are asked to provide a valid Pennsylvania driver's license or state-issued identification number. A Social Security Number will be accepted if valid photo ID is unavailable. Applicants who cannot provide any of these forms of ID must check the appropriate box on their registration form.

Residency Requirements

  • Pennsylvania voters must reside in the same voting district for at least 30 days prior to the next election date in order to register in that district.

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Pennsylvania may complete a registration form in person at their county voter registration office. Additionally, in-person registration is offered at the following locations:
    • Any state office that provides services to disabled individuals
    • U.S. Military recruitment centers
    • County Clerk of Orphans' Court offices and Marriage License Bureau offices
    • Area Agencies on Aging offices
    • Centers for Independent Living
    • County Mental Health and Mental Retardation offices
    • Any college or university that offers services for disabled individuals
    • Offices of Special Education
    • DA Complementary Paratransit offices
  • By Mail: Pennsylvania voters may mail their signed registration form to the designated county voter registration office. A printable version of the application is available online.
  • Online: Those who wish to register online may submit an electronic application.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on May 15th is April 16, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 9, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any election in Pennsylvania is 30 days before the scheduled election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Registered voters in Pennsylvania cast ballots in person at designated polling stations, which are open from 7am to 8pm on scheduled election dates. Those who wish to locate their polling location may use an online address aggregator.

Absentee Voting

Applications for absentee voters in Pennsylvania are available through County Board of Elections offices. In order to be eligible for an absentee ballot, voters must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • A member of the U.S. Armed Forces or Merchant Marines who will be stationed outside their designated district on the election date, as well as their spouse and dependents.
  • An individual who will be absent from their district on election day due to "elector's duties, business or occupation", including leaves of absence for teaching, vacations and sabbaticals. This also includes the individual's spouse and dependents.
  • An individual who is bedridden or hospitalized due to chronic illness and/or physical disability.
  • A county employee who will be unable to visit their designated polling station due to election day duties.
  • Any individual observing a religious holiday or practicing religious beliefs that conflict with in-person voting.

Any Pennsylvania voter who wishes to request an absentee ballot must provide a copy of their valid driver's license, passport, military ID or any other form of identification that includes their name, a photograph and an expiration date.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students in Pennsylvania may register to vote in their school's district if they wish to vote in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered on their parents' address and vote in home district elections using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Pennsylvania are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.votespa.com

How to Vote in Rhode Island

Registering to Vote in Rhode Island

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Rhode Island if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Rhode Island resident
  • Are at least 16 years of age (but must turn 18 on or before the next election)
  • Are not currently incarcerated due to felony conviction
  • Have not been judged "non-compos mentis" in a court of law

Accepted Identification

Voters who wish to register in Rhode Island must submit one of the following forms of identification:

  • Valid Rhode Island driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Rhode Island voter identification card
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Valid U.S. Military ID
  • Any valid federal or state-issued ID
  • Government-issued medical card
  • Valid employee ID
  • Any identification card "provided by a commercial establishment"
  • Current debit or credit card
  • Valid student ID
  • Health club ID
  • Insurance plan ID
  • Public housing ID
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other form of documentation clearly stating their name and Rhode Island address

Residency Requirements

  • Rhode Island voters must re-register whenever they relocate to a different residential address.

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Rhode Island may submit a registration form in person at their local canvasser's office or the RI Board of Elections office. Additionally, in-person registration is offered at offices for the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Human Services, Department of Mental Health and other state agency-based offices.
  • By Mail: Rhode Island voters can mail their registration form to their local Board of Canvassers office. A printable version of the form is available in English and Spanish.
  • Online: Rhode Island voters can now also register online.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on September 12th is August 13, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 7, 2018. The deadline to register to vote by for any general or primary election in Rhode Island is 30 days before the scheduled election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Rhode Island who wish to cast their ballots in person may do so at their designated polling station. Polling locations are open from 7am to 8pm on scheduled election dates. Those who wish to locate their polling center may use an online address aggregator available through the Rhode Island Voter Information Center. Voters must provide valid ID in order to cast ballots in person.

Absentee Voting

Voters in Rhode Island may request an absentee ballot if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • A member of the U.S. Armed Forces (or a military spouse/dependent) who will be unable to vote in person on election day due to military service outside their designated district.
  • Any individual who plans to be outside the United States on a scheduled election date.
  • Any individual who is physically disabled, chronically ill or otherwise unable to visit a polling station due to health reasons.
  • Any student, professor, employee or other individual with pre-existing commitments that prevent them from being in their registered voting district on election day.

Voting in College

What you need to know

College students in Rhode Island may choose to remain registered on their parents' address and vote in home district elections using an absentee ballot. Alternatively, students who wish to vote in local elections must register in their school's district.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Rhode Island are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: http://sos.ri.gov

How to Vote in South Carolina

Registering to Vote in South Carolina

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in South Carolina if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal South Carolina resident who has lived in the state for at least 30 days prior to the next election date
  • Will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next election
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or criminal offense against election laws (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent

Accepted Identification

Voters in South Carolina must provide one of the following forms of identification in order to register:

  • Valid South Carolina driver's license or state-issued ID
  • Social Security Number
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other documentation clearly stating their name and South Carolina address

Residency Requirements

  • South Carolina voters must re-register whenever they relocate to a different residential address.
  • The state's 'Failsafe Voting' system was created to assist voters who move to a different address after registration deadlines have passed.
    • Those who move to a different address in the same precinct may vote on full ballots after completing a change-of-address form.
    • Those who move to a different precinct in South Carolina may vote on full ballots after completing a change-of-address form or may vote on a limited ballot in their previous precinct.
    • Those who have moved to South Carolina less than 30 days before the next election may vote on full ballots after completing a change-of-address form or may vote on a limited ballot in their previous precinct.
    • Failsafe Voting does not apply to if the voter has lived in their current municipality for less than 30 days before the next election; these individuals will not be allowed to vote on local municipal issues.

How to Register

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on June 12th is May 14, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is now October 17, 2018 – it has been extended due to the widespread impact of Hurricane Florence. Generally, the deadline to register to vote by for any general or primary election in South Carolina is 30 days before the scheduled election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

South Carolina voters cast ballots in person at designated polling locations from 7am to 7pm on scheduled election dates. Those who do not know where their polling center is located may contact their County Election Commission for more information. Voters must provide a valid driver's license, state-issued ID, passport, military ID or South Carolina voter registration card in order to receive their ballot at the polls.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is available to South Carolina residents who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or Merchant Marines (and their dependents) who are stationed outside their voting precinct on election day.
  • Individuals serving with the American Red Cross, United Service Organizations (USO) and other organizations that require overseas military service.
  • "Overseas citizens" who temporarily live and work in foreign countries.
  • Individuals who are chronically ill or physically disabled, or anyone serving as a caregiver for an ill or disabled person.
  • Students attending a college or university outside their home precinct.
  • Individuals who are unable to visit polling stations due to preexisting employment-related commitments.
  • Government employees (and their dependents) serving outside their voting precinct on election day.
  • Individuals who plan to be on vacation outside their precinct on election day.
  • Jurors serving in state or federal court on election day.
  • Individuals who have been admitted to a hospital up to four days prior to the election.
  • Individuals with a death or funeral in their family up to three days prior to the election.
  • Certified poll watchers, poll managers and other election officials working outside their precinct.
  • Individuals who are 65 years of age or older.
  • Individuals with religious beliefs or observations that conflict with in-person voting.

Completed absentee applications may be mailed, faxed or emailed to the voter's county board of voter registration; these applications must be received no later than 5pm on the fourth day before an election. Absentee ballots must be received by 7pm on scheduled election dates. Absentee ballots may be returned in person or by mail.


Voting in College

What you need to know

College students in South Carolina may register to vote in their school's precinct and participate in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered in their home precinct on their parents' address and vote using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in South Carolina are run through the South Carolina State Election Commission. For more information, please visit: www.scvotes.org

How to Vote in South Dakota

Registering to Vote in South Dakota

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in South Dakota if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal South Dakota resident
  • Will be at least 18 years of age on the next election date
  • Are not currently serving a felony conviction in a correctional facility
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent in a court of law

Accepted Identification

  • Valid South Dakota driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Number
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other form of documentation with the applicant's name and South Dakota address

Residency Requirements

  • Voters in South Dakota must register to vote using their in-state residence. Under state law, a residence is defined as "the place in which a person has fixed his or her habitation and to which the person, whenever absent, intends to return".
  • South Dakota residents who relocate to a different state or territory will relinquish their rights to vote in South Dakota until they return and re-establish a permanent address.

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in South Dakota may collect a registration form and submit it in person at their designated county auditor's office. Additionally, in-person voter registration in South Dakota is allowed at the following locations:
    • Department of Motor Vehicles office
    • City finance office
    • Public assistance agencies that provide food stamps, or offer services to women, infants and/or needy families
    • Department of Human Services offices
    • U.S. Military recruitment centers
  • By Mail: South Dakota voters may mail their signed and completed registration forms to their county auditor's office. A printable version of the registration form is available online.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on June 5th is May 21, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 22, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any general or primary election in South Dakota is 15 days before the scheduled election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in South Dakota may cast their ballots in person at designated polling stations. Those who wish to locate their polling center may search online using their name and date of birth.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is offered to South Dakota voters who cannot cast ballots in person on election day. In order to receive an absentee ballot, registered voters must submit an application to their county auditor's office. Those who receive absentee status may submit their ballot up to 46 days prior to the scheduled election date; all absentee ballots must be received by 5pm on the day before an election date. Valid photo ID is required to vote absentee in South Dakota; those who cannot produce valid photo ID must vote using a regular ballot.


Voting in College

What you need to know

College students may register to vote in their school's precinct and participate in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered in their home precinct using their parents' address and vote using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in South Dakota are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: https://sdsos.gov

How to Vote in Tennessee

Registering to Vote in Tennessee

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Tennessee if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Tennessee resident
  • Are at least 18 years of age on the next scheduled election date
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)

Accepted Identification

Voters who wish to register in Tennessee must provide a date, city and state of birth, as well as a Social Security Number, in order to affirm their identity. The voter registration form does not ask for a Tennessee driver's license number or other proof of valid photo ID.

Residency Requirements

  • Tennessee voters must register using their permanent residential address. Under state law, a residence is defined as "the place where the person's habitation is fixed and is where, during periods of absence, the person definitely intends to return". The place where a voter's spouse and children live is presumed to be their residence unless special circumstances apply.

How to Register

  • In Person: Tennessee voters may submit their registration forms in person at the office of their designated local county election commission.
  • By Mail: Voters in Tennessee may also complete, sign and mail registration applications to their local county election commission office. A printable version of the registration form is available online.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on August 2nd is July 3, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 9, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any general or primary election in Tennessee is 30 days before the scheduled election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Tennessee may cast ballots in person at their designated polling location. Those who wish to locate their polling center may look up the address using an online aggregator and/or a smartphone app. Voters who wish to vote in person must present a valid form of photo ID that was issued by the state or federal government. Student IDs are not allowed for in person voting. Early voting opportunities are available at county election commission offices and other designated locations between 20 and five days prior to a scheduled election date.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is available to any registered Tennessee voter. Voters may apply for an absentee ballot beginning 90 days prior to a scheduled election date. The applications must be received seven days prior to the election date. Absentee ballots must be submitted by the close of polling stations on election day.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending a college or university in Tennessee may register to vote in their school's district and cast ballots in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered at their parents' address and participate in home district elections using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Tennessee are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: http://sos.tn.gov

How to Vote in Texas

Registering to Vote in Texas

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Texas if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Texas resident of the county where their registration form is submitted
  • Are at least 17 years and 10 months old on the date of application. Voters must be at least 18 years of age to cast ballots on election day
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been judged to be "totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote" by a court of law

Accepted Identification

Voters in Texas must provide a valid Texas driver's license, state-issued ID number of Social Security Number. Those who cannot provide one of these accepted forms of ID must check the appropriate box on their registration form.

Residency Requirements

  • Voters in Texas who move to a different address within the same county must contact their local Voter Registrar office in writing to update their registration information.
  • Texas voters who relocate to a different county must re-register their new address within a certain timeframe. Those who do not meet this deadline will only be allowed to vote on a "limited ballot".

How to Register

  • In Person: Texas voters can register in person at their designated Voter Registrar office. In most Texas counties, this will be the same as the local tax-assessor's office. In some counties, Texas residents may register to vote through their county clerk or election administration office.
  • By Mail: Texas voters may mail a signed and completed registration form to their Voter Registrar office. A printable version of the form is available online.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 9, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for any general or primary election in Texas is 30 days before the scheduled election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Texas who wish to cast ballots in person may do so at their designated polling station from 7am to 7pm on scheduled election dates. Those who wish to locate their polling center should contact their county election administration office; polling locations are often published in local newspapers, as well. Provisional voting is offered to anyone who has been erroneously omitted from polling lists or is unable to provide valid ID at their polling center. In order to cast a provisional ballot, voters must visit their Voter Registrar office within six days of the election date; provisional ballots will be reviewed before they are counted to determine voter eligibility. Early voting is available to any registered Texas voter for a period of 11 days prior to the election date.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting in Texas is reserved for individuals who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The individual has a preexisting commitment (i.e. work, school or military service) preventing them from voting in person on the election date during regular polling hours.
  • The individual is physically disabled, chronically ill or otherwise unable to visit a polling station due to health reasons.
  • The individual is 65 years of age or older on the election date.
  • The individual is confined in jail on the election date but has not been charged with a felony.

Absentee ballot requests must be received no later than 11 days prior to the election date. Absentee ballots must be submitted no later than 7pm on election day.


Voting in College

What you need to know

College students in Texas who wish to vote in local elections must register in their school's precinct. Alternatively, they may remain registered on their parents' address and vote in home precinct elections using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Texas are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.votetexas.gov

How to Vote in Utah

Registering to Vote in Utah

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Utah if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Utah resident for at least 30 days prior to the next election
  • Are 18 years of age or older on the next scheduled election date

Accepted Identification

Voters seeking registration in Utah are asked to provide a valid Utah driver's license number, state-issued ID number or Social Security Number. Those who cannot present one of these accepted forms of ID must check the appropriate box on their registration form.

Residency Requirements

  • Utah voters must reside in the state for at least 30 days before they are able to complete their voter registration.

How to Register

  • In Person: Utah voters may register in person by submitting a completed form to their county clerk's office within seven days of an election date. Additionally, in-person registration is offered at the following locations no later than 30 days before election day:
    • Driver's License Division offices
    • Division of Workforce Services offices
    • Utah State Department of Health offices
    • Women, Infant and Children (WIC) offices
    • The Division of Services for People with Disabilities
    • Department of Rehabilitation offices
    • Any public college or university
  • By Mail: Voters in Utah can mail their signed and completed registration application to their county clerk's office.
  • Online: In order to register online, the applicant must have a valid Utah driver's license/state-issued ID and enter an address that matches their ID records.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote in the 2018 Primary Election on June 26th is May 27, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 7, 2018. The deadline to register to vote by mail for any general or primary election in Utah is 30 days before the scheduled election date; the deadline for online or in-person registration is seven days before election day.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Voters in Utah may cast ballots in person at designated polling stations from 7am to 8pm on scheduled election dates. Those who wish to locate their polling center should contact their county clerk's office for more information. Valid ID will be required to receive a ballot at a polling location.

Absentee Voting

Absentee ballots are available to any registered Utah voter who submits an absentee request form to their county clerk's office no later than the Thursday prior to a scheduled election date. An online absentee request form is also available. Absentee ballots are mailed to voters within 45 days of election day.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students in Utah may register to vote in their school's precinct if they wish to cast ballots in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered on their parents' address and vote in home precinct elections using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Utah are run through the Lieutenant Governor's office. For more information, please visit: https://vote.utah.gov

How to Vote in Vermont

Registering to Vote in Vermont

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Vermont if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Vermont resident
  • Will be at least 18 years of age on the next election date
  • Have taken the 'Voter's Oath' (also known as the 'Freeman's Oath')

Accepted Identification

  • Valid Vermont driver's license or state-issued photo ID
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Copy of current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other form of documentation that clearly states the applicant's name and Vermont address

Residency Requirements

  • Voters in Vermont must be registered using a residence defined as their 'principal dwelling'.
  • Vermont laws allow voters to maintain registration in their last domicile if they are forced to relocate due to military service, temporary overseas living, nursing home or healthcare facility-based living, college or non-felony jail confinement.
  • Voters who are registering in Vermont for the first time must affirm they have taken the state-mandated Voter's Oath. They may do so when registering in person, by mail or online.

How to Register

  • In Person: Any Vermont voter can register in person by submitting a completed registration form to their local town or city clerk's office. Automatic Voter Registration is now effective at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices when the applicant is obtaining or renewing their driver's license, unless the applicant opts out from being registered.
  • By Mail: Signed and completed voter registration forms should be mailed to the applicant's town or city clerk's office. A printable version of the form is available online.
  • Online: Voters in Vermont may register online using an electronic application.

Registration Deadline

As of January 1, 2017, eligible voters may register on any day up to and including the day of an election. Registration is available during all normal business hours on days preceding the election and during polling hours on Election Day.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Vermont voters cast ballots at designated polling centers on scheduled election dates. Information about polling locations is available on the My Voter website. Most polls open between 5am and 10am, and will remain open until 7pm that evening.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter in Vermont may request and obtain an absentee ballot through their town or city clerk without providing a reason. Registered voters may request and track the status of an absentee ballot by logging into the My Voter Page website. A printable request form is available online. Absentee requests are valid for one year, and must be re-submitted on an annual basis. Absentee ballots may be requested any time throughout the year, but voters are urged to submit their application at least 45 days prior to a scheduled election date. General election ballots are available no later than 45 days before the election date; local election absentee ballots are available no later than 20 days before election day.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending a college or university in Vermont may register to vote in their school's town or city and cast ballots in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered on their parents' address and participate in hometown elections using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Vermont are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/elections.aspx

How to Vote in Virginia

Registering to Vote in Virginia

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Virginia if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Virginia resident
  • Will be 18 years of age or older on the next election date
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent in a court of law

Accepted Identification

Voters who wish to register in Virginia must provide a full Social Security Number. Those who cannot or do not provide their SSN will have their registration applications denied. The registration form does not ask for a Virginia driver's license or state-issued ID number.

Residency Requirements

  • Voting in Virginia is reserved for permanent residents. Individuals who relocate to Virginia temporarily with the intention of returning to another state are not considered residents with regard to voting purposes.

How to Register

  • In Person: Virginia voters may register in person at any of the following locations:
    • Local voter registration offices
    • State or local government offices providing Aid to Dependent Children, food stamps, services for women, infants and children (WIC), Medicaid or rehabilitation services
    • State government offices providing services to disabled individuals
    • U.S. Military recruitment offices
    • Public libraries
    • Virginia Department of Elections office (Richmond)
    • Department of Motor Vehicles offices
    • Voter registration drives (held statewide throughout the year)
  • By Mail: Voters in Virginia may mail their completed registration form to their local voter registration office or the Virginia Department of Elections office in Richmond.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on June 12th is May 21, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 15, 2018. The deadline to register to vote in a general or primary election in Virginia is 22 days before the election date; the registration deadline for special elections is 13 days before the election date; and the deadline to register for special elections called by the governor is seven days prior to the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Virginia voters cast ballots in person at polling centers in their designated districts. Those who wish to locate their polling location can use an online aggregator. Voters will be asked to provide a valid form of ID before they can receive a ballot at polling centers. Those who cannot present acceptable ID will be allowed to vote using a provisional ballot; they must then submit proper ID to their local registration office no later than 12pm on the Friday following an election date.

Absentee Voting

Voters in Virginia may request and obtain an absentee ballot if they meet one of the following criteria.

  • A college student attending school outside their designated voting district, as well as their dependents.
  • Anyone with personal business that requires them to be out of their voting district during polling hours on the election date.
  • Anyone who identifies as a first responder (such as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician or search-and-rescue personnel)
  • A physically disabled or chronically individual, or their caregiver(s).
  • A pregnant woman.
  • Anyone who has been confined at a correctional facility and not yet charged with a felony.
  • An "electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment".
  • Anyone with a religious obligation to in-person voting.
  • A member of the U.S. Armed Forces or Merchant Marines currently stationed out of their voting district, as well as their dependents.
  • Anyone who is temporarily residing outside the United States at the time of an election date.
  • Any registered voter who is only requesting a presidential/vice presidential ballot.

Voting in College

What you need to know

Students in Virginia may register in their school's voting district if they wish to participate in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered on their parents' address and vote in home district elections using an absentee ballot. In this case, the student must provide the name of their postsecondary institution when requesting their ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Virginia are run through the Governor's office. For more information, please visit: http://elections.virginia.gov

How to Vote in Washington

Registering to Vote in Washington

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in the state of Washington if they are:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A legal resident of Washington State
  • Are 18 years of age or older. A person may register at the age of 17 as long as they turn 18 before or on the election date.
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction

Accepted Identification

  • Washington state driver's license or ID Number
  • Last 4 digits of your social security number

Residency Requirements

  • All voters in Washington must be residents of the state
  • Voting residency addresses must be established for at least 30 days before the election date
  • Voters can provide a mailing address different from their residential address
  • Voters maintain their registration in Washington State until they register to vote elsewhere

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Washington can register in person at any of their County Election Departments.
  • By Mail: To register by mail you must print a Voter Registration Form from here or request one here. It will then be mailed to you with instructions on where to return it.
  • Online: You may register to vote online in Washington. Get out your Washington State approved ID and go to: https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote online or mail-in for the 2018 Primary Election on August 7th is July 9, 2018 and the in-person deadline is July 30, 2018. The deadline to register to vote online or mail-in for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 8, 2018 and the in-person deadline is October 29, 2018. Click here for all other state election registration deadlines.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Washington Votes by mail, and ballots arrive at the provided mailing address 18 days before the election date. Ballots must be postmarked by the election date or dropped of at a designated ballot box or the county election department no later than 8pm on Election Day.

Absentee Voting

All voting is done by mail in Washington State, simply update your mailing address to reflect your current location by the voter registration deadline.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Washington students studying in another state they may register to vote in Washington, using their parents address and vote in the state. Students coming to college in Washington from another state may choose to register to vote in Washington and can use their school address to do so.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Washington State are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information go to: www.sos.wa.gov

How to Vote in West Virginia

Registering to Vote in West Virginia

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in West Virginia if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal West Virginia resident
  • Will be at least 18 years of age on the next election date
  • Have not been imprisoned, put on probation or parole due to conviction for any felony, bribery or treason
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent in a court of law

Accepted Identification

Voters in West Virginia must provide a valid form of ID in order to have their registration approved. Valid ID must be included in their application (photocopies are accepted) or presented the first time they vote in person. Accepted forms of ID are:

  • A valid West Virginia driver's license or state-issued ID
  • Any other form of valid photo ID
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other document clearly showing the applicant's name and address

Residency Requirements

  • West Virginia voters must register using their permanent residential address, and are not allowed to register with a PO box. Those who do not receive mail delivery from the U.S. Postal Service are asked to contact their county clerk's office.

How to Register

  • In Person: West Virginia voters may register in person at one of the following locations:
    • County clerk's office
    • Secretary of State's office
    • Department of Motor Vehicles office
    • Public assistance offices
    • Agency-based offices providing services for disabled individuals
    • Marriage licensing offices
    • U.S. Military recruitment offices
  • By Mail: Voters in West Virginia may mail their signed and completed registration forms to their county clerk's office or the Secretary of State's office. A printable version of the registration application is available online.
  • Online: Voters in West Virginia may register online with an electronic application. A valid driver's license/state-issued ID or Social Security Number are required for this option.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 16, 2018.

The deadline to register to vote in any election in West Virginia is 21 days before the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Registered voters in West Virginia can cast ballots in person at designated polling centers. Those who wish to locate their polling station can use an online aggregator. Polls are open from 6:30am to 7:30pm for primary and general elections.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is available to registered West Virginia voters who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Students attending college outside their designated voting district.
  • Individuals who will be traveling outside the United States on a scheduled date.
  • Individuals with a chronic illness, physical disability or other health-related reason that prevents them from visiting polling centers.
  • Individuals who are currently incarcerated on misdemeanor charges or have not yet been charged with a felony.
  • Individuals with work obligations outside their voting district (including election officials, poll managers and other employees with out-of-district election day duties).

Absentee ballot applications are available beginning 84 days prior to the next election date; these applications must be received within six days of the election date. Absentee ballots are mailed 46 days before election day, and must be postmarked no later than election day and received no later than five days after the polls have closed.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending a college or university in West Virginia may register to vote in their school's district and participate in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered with their parents' address and vote in home district elections using an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in West Virginia are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: www.sos.wv.gov

How to Vote in Wisconsin

Registering to Vote in Wisconsin

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Wisconsin if they:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A legal Wisconsin resident who has lived at their present address for at least 10 days
  • Will be at least 18 years of age on the next election date

Accepted Identification

Wisconsin voters who wish to register must include a form of identification that provides “proof of residence." All forms of identification must have both name and current address on it. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Valid Wisconsin driver's license, state-issued photo ID or other form of photo ID issued by a state government unit
  • Any form of employee ID that features a photograph
  • A college ID that features a photograph; this must be accompanied by either a receipt no older than nine months or a certified housing list issued by the school
  • Copy of the applicant's current lease
  • An intake document from a nursing home, residential care center or other living facility
  • A real estate tax bill or receipt from the same calendar year as a scheduled election date
  • A current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other documentation clearly stating the applicant's name and address
  • A letter on "public or private social service agency letterhead" identifying the applicant as a homeless voter

Residency Requirements

  • Wisconsin voters must maintain residence at the same address for at least 10 days prior to the election in order to register.

How to Register

  • In Person: Voters in Wisconsin may submit registration forms in person at their municipal clerk's office. In-person voting is also available through Special Registration Deputy events; forms gathered at these events must be submitted no later than 20 days prior to the election date. Additionally, voters with acceptable proof-of-residence ID may register at the polls on election day.
  • By Mail: Wisconsin voters may mail their signed and completed registration application to their local municipal clerk's office. A printable version of the registration form is available online.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on August 14th is July 25, 2018 and the deadline for the General Election on November 6th is October 17, 2018.

The deadline to register to vote by mail in any election in Wisconsin is 20 days before the election date. The deadline to register in person at a municipal clerk's office 5pm on the Friday before election day.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Registered Wisconsin voters who wish to cast ballots in person may do so at designated polling centers. Those who wish to locate their polling station may search for the address using an online aggregator.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter in Wisconsin may request and obtain an absentee ballot without providing a reason. Absentee applications must be received by their municipal clerk's office no later than 5pm on the Thursday prior to election day. Mailed-in absentee ballots must be received in the clerk's office by 8pm on election day; absentee ballots submitted in person must be received by 8pm on the day of the election. Wisconsin voters need to show an acceptable photo ID when voting at the polls or by absentee ballot. There are some exceptions to the law when voting by absentee ballot. For a list of acceptable photo IDs, visit bringit.wi.gov. Wisconsin voters must bring vaild ID with them to the polls to receive their ballot. Check here to see if you have the appropriate identification and how to get one if you do not.


Voting in College

What you need to know

College students in Wisconsin may register to vote using their school's address and participate in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered on their parents' address and vote in home district elections with an absentee ballot.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Wisconsin are run through the Wisconsin Elections Commission. For more information, please visit: elections.wi.gov

How to Vote in Wyoming

Registering to Vote in Wyoming

Voter Eligibility

A person may vote in Wyoming if they:

  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a legal Wyoming resident
  • Will be at least 18 years of age on the next election date
  • Have not been convicted of a felony (unless voting rights have been restored)
  • Have not been judged to be mentally incompetent

Accepted Identification

A valid Wyoming driver's license is listed as the "preferred identification" for voter registration forms. If an applicant cannot provide a valid driver's license, then one of the following may be used in its place:

  • Valid state-issued photo ID
  • Driver's license from a different state
  • Any other ID issued by a federal, state or local government agency
  • Valid school ID
  • Valid military ID
  • Valid U.S. passport

If none of the forms of ID listed above are available, the applicant must submit two of the following:

  • Certificate of U.S. citizenship or naturalization
  • Draft or selective service registration record
  • Voter registration card from another state or country
  • Original or certified copy of the applicant's birth certificate (with an official sea)
  • Certificate of birth abroad issued by the U.S. government
  • Any other form of ID "used by an official agency"

Residency Requirements

  • Wyoming voters must only re-register if they relocate to a different county in the state.

How to Register

  • In Person: Wyoming voters may register in person by printing off, completing and submitting a registration form to their county clerk's office. The application contains a voter's oath, so the applicant must sign and date the form in front of any registry agent.
  • By Mail: Wyoming voters can mail their completed registration form to their county clerk's office. In order to officialize the voter's oath, the applicant must have a notary or registered agent sign the form, as well.

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the 2018 Primary Election on August 21st is August 6, 2018 and the deadline for the 2018 General Election on November 6th is October 22, 2018. Voters may still register in person and cast an absentee ballot for the General Election until November 5th. The deadline to register to vote in any election in Wyoming is 14 days before the election date.


How to Vote

Where do I Vote?

Wyoming voters cast ballots in person at a polling center located within their designated precinct. Those who wish to locate their polling station can use an online aggregator or contact their county clerk's office. Valid ID is required for anyone who registered by mail and is voting in their first federal election.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter in Wyoming may request and obtain an absentee ballot without providing a reason for doing so. Absentee requests must be received prior to the scheduled election date. Absentee voting for overseas military personnel begins 45 days prior to an election; absentee voting for all other voters begins 40 days before election day. All absentee ballots must be received the day before a scheduled election date.


Voting in College

What you need to know

Students attending a college or university in Wyoming may register in their school's precinct and cast ballots in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered with their parents' address and vote in home precinct elections with absentee ballots.

For more information on voting in college check out our Myths of Student Voting.


Where to Go For More Information

Elections in Wyoming are run through the Secretary of State's office. For more information, please visit: http://soswy.state.wy.us

Disclaimer: BestColleges.com is not affiliated with any political parties, and none of our staff members are licensed to practice law or make legal recommendations. The information contained on this page is meant to be used as a general guide and should not be a substitution for consulting with government and state election officials.

All state-level registration information is taken from state election (.gov) websites linked at the bottom of each state window.