What to Do If You're Registered to Vote But Moved

Voter Registration What to Do If You're Registered to Vote But Moved

What To Do When You Are Registered To Vote But Moved

If you , you will need to update your voter registration information. Each state establishes its own voting procedures and how to amend your registration information. Contact your state or local elections office for the most thorough and up-to-date data in your area.

If you relocate to another state permanently, you must register for voting in that state. It’s imperative that you make your modifications before your state's registration deadline. This might happen as early as 30 days before polls day.

Navigating the details of new voter registration can be daunting at times, and you may be left feeling overwhelmed. Luckily DoNotPay is here to guide you through the whole process.

Who Is Eligible to Register to Vote?

Except for North Dakota, each state needs residents to register to vote. You may vote in federal, state, and municipal elections in the United States if you:

  1. Are a citizen of the United States (some jurisdictions allow non-citizens to participate in local polls only)
  2. Meet the residency conditions of your state.
  3. You can be homeless and yet satisfy these standards
  4. Are 18 years old on Polls Day

You can be homeless and still meet these standards. Make sure you register to vote by the deadline set by your state.

Who Is Ineligible to Vote?

Some of the people who are not allowed to vote include:

  • Non-citizens, including permanent legal residents
  • Some persons that have been convicted of felonies. State laws differ. For further information, contact your state's elections administration
  • For further information, contact your state's elections administration
  • Some persons who are mentally ill. State laws differ
  • For presidential elections, citizens who live in US territories

Contact your local or state election authority if you have any queries regarding who can and cannot vote.

How to Register to Vote

There are generally three ways to register to vote: in-person, online, or by mail.


You can enroll for voting in your local or state elections office in person. You can register for voting at one of the public institutions below. First, confirm your exact location. These facilities include:

  1. The DMV
  2. Centers for military recruiting

Public assistance facilities such as food stamps located in local government buildings.

If you're a US citizen residing outside the United States or are a service person deployed overseas, the Federal Voting Assistance Program allows you to enroll for voting and obtain an absentee vote. Military members' spousal partners or qualified close relatives stationed abroad also enjoy this provision.


About 40 states, including the District of Columbia, allow you to register online. You can check with your state to find guidance for states with different electoral guidelines.

By Mail

You need to download the voter registration form, fill it up, and send your registration details to your local election authority before the specified deadline per state.. It is good to mail your details early so you have time to confirm if your voter registration was successful.

Voter Registration Deadlines in the USA

Depending on the state, voter registration deadlines might be as much as a month before an election. To find out your state's registration deadline, visit the US Vote Foundation. For further information, contact the election office in your state or jurisdiction.

How to Check If You're Registered to Vote

Verify your registration status to ensure you're ready to vote in the forthcoming election. You can also verify your polling center as well, and if you designated a political party, you may check which one you're affiliated with.

Ensure to double-check your voter registration details before the deadline in your state. This might happen as early as 30 days before polls day. This allows you time to re-register or modify if necessary. Visit your state's elections website or local elections office to confirm your registration status.

Considerations for Registered Voters Who Have Moved

Your vote does not move with you. Here is what you should know:

  • If you relocate within your state, you can update your voter registration to reflect your new address. If you will vote with a state driving license or state Identity Card, ensure you update it by the election date.
  • If you  just before national elections or a presidential primary, you might not be eligible to vote. Consult with your previous state to clarify things. You might be allowed to vote through mail in the previous state. Consequently, you'll have to enroll in your new state to start voting again.

Why You Should Check Your Voter Registration Status

Each state has its own system for keeping voter registration rolls current. Inactive voters' names are usually purged or deleted. If you go for voting and discover that your enrollment has been deleted, you may have to cast a provisional ballot.

DoNotPay can help you navigate the voting registration protocols, so you never miss out on your inalienable right.

DoNotPay Voter Registration Guides by State

The process of voter registration varies from state to state. If you’ve , it’s crucial that you re-register as soon as possible after you move. This step will unregister your vote in your former state and ensure your eligibility to vote on election day.

Here are the voter registration guides by state:

New YorkTexasCalifornia
OhioIllinoisNorth Carolina
Washington StateGeorgiaVirginia
PennsylvaniaColoradoNew Jersey
Connecticut WisconsinMissouri
AlabamaSouth CarolinaMinnesota
ArkansasLouisianaNew Mexico
OklahomaSouth DakotaMississippi

How DoNotPay Can Help You Update Your Voter Registration After You Move

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.

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