Voting laws and procedures vary widely from state-to-state and there have been many changes in the last two years. Sometimes, even counties and towns have their own rules for voting. To vote, according to the Federal Election Commission, you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be a resident of the state in which you’re planning to register (If you just moved to a new state for school, you can take part in absentee voting.)
- Be at least 18-years-old at the time of the next election
Use the resources below to register to vote or update voter registration, find a local polling place, learn voting identification requirements, and get early voting and absentee ballot information.
If your questions about voter registration or any part of the election process aren’t answered below, contact your county election officials.
Voter Registration: Get Registered or Check Registration
With few exceptions, states require that you register several days before you can vote in an election. If you need to register to vote, update voter registration, or check to see if you’re registered to vote, select your state below.
Make Your Vote Count: Absentee and Early Voting
You may be eligible to vote prior to the election as an absentee or early voter and about one-third of all Americans casting a ballot use these options. For details, select your state below. You should call your local election office if anything is unclear to you.
Find Your Polling Place
Many states offer online services that help you look up your local voting Website. Other sites list contact information for local election officials who are trained to help you find your polling place. Select your place of residence below.
Know What Kind of ID to Bring
Since 2010, many more states require photo IDs to vote. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) requires photo ID for those who register by mail and did not provide identification at the time. Study the requirements carefully since a mistake can prevent you from voting or force you to vote with a provisional ballot.