Registering to Vote

In order to vote you must be registered with your state. If you would like to register to vote, please use the form below. Or alternatively visit https://vote.gov/.

You can vote in U.S. elections if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen
  • Meet your state’s residency requirements.
    • You can be homeless and still meet these requirements
  • Are 18 years old on or before Election Day
    • o In some states, you can register to vote before you turn 18 if you will be 18 by Election Day.
  • Are registered to vote by your state’s voter registration deadline. North Dakota does not require voter registration.

You can’t vote in U.S. elections if you:

  • Non-citizens, including permanent legal residents
  • Some people with felony convictions. Rules vary by state. Check with your state elections office about the laws in your state.
  • Some people who are mentally incapacitated. Rules vary by state.
  • For President in the general election: U.S. citizens residing in U.S. territories

Check with your state or local election office for any questions about who can and cannot vote.

Can you vote online?

No, you can’t vote online in U.S. elections.

In most elections in the United States, you either need to vote in-person at an official polling place or by casting an absentee ballot.

Find your polling place or request an absentee ballot.

What to do once you are registered?

Once you are registered, the next step is to ensure you stay registered before election day! You can do this by regularly checking you voter registration status! Alternatively, it is advisable that you purchase voter purge monitoring. You can do this at www.civic365.com.

Voter ID Requirements:

Two-thirds of states expect you to provide identification to let you vote at the polls.

Do I need to bring ID?

Your state’s laws determine whether you will need to show an ID and if so, what kind.

Photo ID vs Non-Photo ID

About half of the states with voter ID laws accept only photo IDs. These include

  • driver’s licenses
  • state-issued ID cards
  • military ID cards
  • passports

Many of these states now offer a free voter photo ID card if you don’t have another form of valid photo ID.

Other states accept some types of non-photo ID. These may include

  • birth certificates
  • Social Security cards
  • bank statements
  • utility bills

Each state is specific about the documents it will accept as proof of identification. Be sure you know your state’s voter ID requirements before Election Day.

Procedures for Voting Without an ID

Even if you don’t have a form of ID that your state asks for, you may be able to vote. Some states require you take extra measures after you vote to make sure that your vote counts.

Some states may ask you to sign a form affirming your identity. Other states will let you cast a provisional ballot. States use provisional ballots when there is a question about a voter's eligibility. States keep provisional ballots separate until they decide whether they should count. To do so, they will investigate a voter’s eligibility. They may also compel you to show an acceptable form of ID within a few days. If you don’t, your provisional ballot won’t count.

Name or Address Mismatch

Even with the right ID, you may have to cast a provisional ballot. This can happen if the name or address on your ID doesn’t match the name or address on your voter registration. For instance:

  • You get married, change your last name, and update your voter registration. But your driver’s license, which you present as ID, still has your unmarried name on it.
  • You move and for your voter ID, you present a current utility bill. Unfortunately, you've forgotten to update your address on your voter registration beforehand.

Some states require that you notify your local registration office of any name change.

Avoid problems. Always update your voter registration when you move or change your name.

First Time Voters

First time voters who didn’t register in person or show ID before must show identification. This is according to federal law.