How To Register To Vote In the United States

Voter Registration How To Register To Vote In the United States

How To Register To Vote In the United States

Your right to vote is enshrined in the constitution, and taking part in the ballot helps shape the country's future. Therefore, you must register to vote so you can help elect the next U.S. president. Typically, the U.S. election day falls on the first Tuesday in November.

Registering to vote helps create a better class of leaders who can effect policies geared to improving the quality of life. Voting gives you a chance to influence the country's laws, rules, and policies. It's your shot at creating a country you love and are proud of.

DoNotPay can help you with the voter registration process, making it easy to take part in this critical democratic process and uphold our greatness.

Who Is Eligible to Register to Vote?

Only the people who meet the eligibility requirements can participate in federal, state, or local elections. You qualify to vote in the U.S. elections if you:

  • Are a legal U.S. citizen (some states allow non-citizens to participate in local elections).
  • Meet the residency requirements in your state.
  • Are 18 years or older on election day.
  • Registered as a voter by your state's board of elections (Except in North Dakota, where voter registration isn't required.)

People Not Eligible to Vote in the U.S.

Not everyone residing in the U.S. can register to vote in the country's elections. Here are groups of people who can't vote:

  • Non-citizens, including permanent residents, can't participate in federal, state, and most local ballots.
  • Anyone with a felony conviction, but the rules vary by state.
  • Anyone who is mentally incapacitated.
  • U.S. citizens living in U.S. territories can't vote for the president in a general election.

How to Register to Vote

You have several choices when registering as a voter in the U.S., but you can only register in your state of residence. You must re-register to vote if you move to a new state, county, or city, change your political party, or name. 

Luckily, there are multiple ways to register to vote in the U.S. to make the process smooth and painless.

Online Registration

Registering for voting online is probably the most convenient way to register to vote. However, you can only register to vote electronically if you're from the District of Columbia or in any 40 states that support online voter registration.

  1. Access on your computer
  2. Download the National Mail Voter Registration form
  3. Fill in the registration form. You can fill the form onscreen before printing it out. Or print out the blank form and complete it by hand.
  4. Sign the completed form and mail it to your state's board of elections offices.

In-Person Voter Registration

You can visit your state or local election offices to register as a voter in person. You can also register in person in various public facilities, including:

  • DMV offices
  • Recruitment centers for the armed forces
  • County and state public assistance offices such as WIC and SNAP/food stamps.

Absentee Voter Registration

You can register as a voter even when you're outside the country. You can register to vote and request an absentee ballot from the Federal Voting Assistance Program, if:

  • You're a U.S. citizen residing outside the country
  • You're stationed overseas for military duties
  • You're an eligible family member or spouse of a service member serving overseas.

Voter Registration Guidelines By State

Except for North Dakota, every state in the U.S. requires citizens to register as voters to participate in an election. However, each state has different eligibility requirements and voter registration deadlines.

Some states require voters to register well before the elections, while others have late deadlines and allow voter registration until a month to an election.

You can check your state's voter registration deadline at the U.S. Vote Foundation or your state's election office. Alternatively, you can use our voter registration guide by state. Simply click on your state from the table and learn more about your state's registration requirements.

TexasCaliforniaNew York
IllinoisNorth CarolinaOhio
GeorgiaVirginiaWashington State
ColoradoNew JerseyPennsylvania
South CarolinaMinnesota Alabama
LouisianaNew MexicoArkansas
South DakotaMississippiOklahoma

Is There an Easier Way to Register to Vote?

Don't let the voter registration process keep you from exercising your democratic right to vote. At DoNotPay, we've simplified the voter registration process to let you breeze it with a few clicks of a button.

We've taken the tedium out of the voter registration process, and we can help you with any vote-related issue.

All you have to do is:

  1. Search "voter registration" on DoNotPay. 
  2. Select whether you want to register to vote, change your voter information, cancel your registration, or verify your registration. 
  3. Enter the state you want to register in (or are registered in) and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements. Answer a few questions about you to help us verify your identity and complete your application. 
  4. Provide your signature and verify that your information is correct. 

And that's it! DoNotPay will make sure your registration changes get sent to the right office, and your registration status is updated accordingly.

What Else Can We Do?

At DoNotPay, we understand that the country's electoral process can be a tad challenging. Our voter registration process is designed to simplify this process and eliminate any confusion.

With a few clicks on the DoNotPay website, we can help you register to vote and ensure your voter information is correct, up-to-date, and more. We can also help you:

Never miss a chance to get your voice heard through the ballot. DoNotPay can help you register to vote in any of the 52 states in the U.S. Sign up with DoNotPay today!

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