How to Register to Vote in Every State

It can be frustrating trying to figure out the process, so here's everything you need to know.

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The 2016 election is on path to be one of the most important elections in history. The presidential race will likely reshape the Supreme Court for decades and could even potentially put a woman in the White House for the first time in history. Senate, House and state races will have impact on birth control access, voting rights, the ability to obtain an abortion legally, health insurance coverage, any chance of earning a living wage, and even whether family members may be deported from the country.

But how do you make sure your voice is heard? It all comes down to whether you cast your vote on Tuesday, November 8. But when you're trying to figure out how to register to vote for the first time, change your name or address, request an absentee ballot, or find out how to vote around your work or schools schedule, it's easy to get overwhelmed, convince yourself your vote doesn't matter anyway and just skip out on the whole process. Don't do that! Instead, just find your state below and you'll see when and how to register, if you need an ID at the polls, and if you can vote early or by absentee ballot. Unless your state has specific instructions listed, your absentee ballot must be received by the proper election official by the time polls close on Election Day. Here's an overview before you delve into the specifics for each state:

  •  You are eligible to vote as long as you are a U.S. citizen, you are at least 18 on Election Day, and you are a resident of the state you apply in. Residency requirements may vary by state but often involve living in the state from 25 to 30 days and not being registered in a different state as well. If your state has specific requirement regarding residency, it will be listed below. 
  • If you move within 30 days of the election and you miss your state's registration deadline, you may still be able to vote. Check in with your Secretary of State's office to find out if you should vote at your old precinct if you moved to another address within your state, or if you can change your address on site at your new precinct. If you moved to a new state too late to register, you may still be able to fill out a presidential race-only ballot as long as you were registered in your old state before you moved.
  • If you're a student living out of state, you should decide whether to vote in your home state – usually by absentee ballot – or in the state you reside in for school. Don't vote in both – that's a federal offense.
  • Make sure that if you do choose to vote absentee, you send in your application early enough to provide plenty of time to both meet your state's deadline and be able to turn your ballot around so it is received by Election Day.
  • If you have been convicted of a felony, you may still be eligible to vote.Check here to find out if your voting rights have been automatically restored or if there is something else you need to do to get them back. 
  • Every state except Wyoming allows a person to register at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), so if you want help with the registration process, that's always a good place to go–whether you drive or not.

    For a sample ballot that shows you every race you can vote in and the candidates' positions, try thisLeague of Women Voters tool to create your own ballot based off your address.

    (Reminder: If you have moved or changed your name since you last registered to vote, you will need to re-register. This is especially important if you got married or divorced since the last election, graduated or moved out of the house, or had any other big life-changing experience.)

    Alabama

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is an Alabama resident. 

    How: You must register by October 25. To register, you must either mail in forms or file in person at adesignated government agency. You candownload forms to get started here.

    ID required to vote? Yes. Alabama requires a valid photo ID to vote, so make sure you haveone of these IDs with you at the polls.

    Voting early/absentee: If you will be out of your county on Election Day, or working a job shift that makes you unable to get to your polling place for at least 10 hours on Election Day,you can request an absentee ballot. You must apply for an absentee ballot by November 3, and it must be received by November 7. Alabama does not have early voting.

    Alaska

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is an Alaska resident. To be considered a resident, you must have been in the district for at least 30 days before Election Day.

    How to register: You must register by October 9. If you are 17 but will be 18 by Election Day, you can register to vote once your 18th birthday is 90 days away. To register,fill out this form and email, fax, or mail it to an office listed at the bottom. You can also take it in person to one of the offices listed.

    ID required to vote? Yes.Alaska requires ID to vote, although it does not need to be a photo ID. If you don't have a photo ID, a bank statement, utility bill, or check that shows both your name and address will work.

    Voting early/absentee: You can vote early via absentee voting starting on October 25. You can find sites to vote earlyat this link, starting in September.

    Arizona

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is an Arizona resident.

    How to register: You must register by October 10. You can registerhere online if you have a state ID or driver's license. Otherwise youmust register by mail or in person. Be warned: it will take four to six weeks to get a voter ID card, so if you are relying on that to be a form of ID at the polls, you'll want to give yourself plenty of time for it to show up.

    ID required to vote? Yes. Arizona requires ID to vote. You will need either a valid photo ID like a driver's license, ID card, or government-issued photo ID, or two forms of non-photo ID for address and name verification such as bank statements and utility bills that are 90 days old or newer, a voter ID card, or vehicle registration. If you use a passport as a photo ID, you will still need a second form of ID like a utility bill with your address on it to verify your residency. All of the various possible combinations of proper ID arelisted here.

    Voting early/absentee: You can vote early via absentee voting starting on October 6 and ending on November 5. You will need tocheck in with your county to learn how to obtain a ballot and where and when to drop it off.

    Arkansas

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who has been an Arkansas resident for 30 days. 

    How to register: You must register by October 8. To register,fill out this form and mail it to the address listed. You canalso apply in person at any county clerk office, DMV, or public library.

    ID required to vote? Yes.Arkansas requires ID to vote, although it does not require a photo. You will need a driver's license, college or military ID, passport, voter ID card, or a concealed carry permit.

    Voting early/absentee: Voting early in Arkansas depends a lot on what county you live in. Some allow early voting for one or two weeks prior to the general election, so you'll wantto check on your county to be sure. Most early voting is done at the county clerk's office. Absentee ballotsare available here for people who will not be in their precinct at all on Election Day. Absentee ballots will be available two weeks before the election and must be returned in person by the close of business the day before the election, or by mail, designated bearer, or authorized agent by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

    California

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a California resident.

    How to register: You must register by October 24. Register online here. You can also register in person at any county elections office, library, DMV offices, or U.S. post office.

    ID required to vote? No. If this is your first time voting in a federal election and you didn't provide a driver's license number, state ID number, or Social Security number when you registered, you will be asked to show something to verify your address, like a utility bill, but you do not need a photo ID.

    Voting early/absentee: Early voting days and locations depend on your county if you want to do it in person, and in some cases are even open on weekends. Checkhere to see where and when you can vote early. If you prefer to vote by mail,go here. You must request a mail-in ballot by November 1. A ballot will then be mailed to you, and you must either return it by mail to be received by November 8 or return it in person to any polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

    Colorado

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Colorado resident.

    How to register: You can registeronline here or send in theforms by mail. If you do that by October 31, you will be sent a ballot by mail in order to vote. You can also register later, including in person the day of the election, and cast your ballot at the polling place then. Read more about your optionshere.

    ID required to vote? Yes, but not necessarily a photo ID. You just need something that will verify your address, like a utility bill. You will need a photo ID, passport, Social Security number, military ID card, or college photo ID from a Colorado school if you are registering to vote at the polling place on Election Day.

    Voting early/absentee: Youcan vote early starting October 24.All you need to do is take the ballot you received in the mail to a designated drop-off site before Election Day, or mail it back so your county clerk can receive and record it by 7 p.m. on November 8.

    Connecticut

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Connecticut resident.

    How to register: You can register online here or send in theforms by mail. Registration should be completed by November 1. You can also register on Election Day, but you will need to go toone of these specific sites to do so.

    ID required to vote? No.

    Voting early/absentee: Connecticut does not offer early voting and has only limited absentee voting. If you fit one of the criteria, including being out of the precinct on Election Day,click here to request an absentee ballot by November 2. Absentee ballots will be mailed out on October 8.

    Delaware

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Delaware resident.

    How to register: You can registeronline here or by mail or in person. Registration should be completed by October 15.

    ID required to vote? Delaware doesn't officially ask for voter ID,but poll workers may ask for it anyway and will make you fill out a form before letting you vote, so if you have one to bring, it's a good idea to do so.

    Voting early/absentee: Delaware does not offer early voting and has only limited absentee voting. If you meet one of the criteria, including being out of the precinct on Election Day,click here to request an absentee ballot. Requests must be received by noon on November 7, and ballots will go out by mail September 24.

    District of Columbia

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day. You must have been a resident of the District for at least 30 days prior to the election.

    How to register: You can registeronline here but will need to print and mail in the registration once it is filled out. If registering online, you must register before October 11. You can also register in person at the D.C. board of elections, prior to the early voting period (which begins October 24). You can also register on the day of the election at your polling place, or when you cast a vote during early voting, but you will be asked to casta special ballot—what D.C. calls their provisional ballots.

    ID required to vote? Not officially. You will need proof of address to register, but a resident just casting a ballot doesn't need an ID to vote. Unfortunately, some of the polling placeswill require an ID to enter the building, so it is suggested that a voter bring one anyway.

    Voting early/absentee: You can vote early starting on October 24 and ending November 7, or cast an absentee ballot, which you can requesthere.

    Florida

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Florida resident.

    How to register: You can fill out a voter registrationform here, but you will need to either mail it in or take in person to a DMV, a voter registration center, or a public library. You must register by October 10. You will need to supply a driver's license, state ID, birth certificate, or other form of ID to register. Expect at least two weeks to receive a voter ID card in return.

    ID required to vote? Yes, you will need a valid photo ID with a signature or a photo ID without a signature (like a passport) and another form of ID with a signature (such as a credit card) in order to vote.

    Voting early/absentee: Early voting will be available across the state from October 29 to November 3. Some sites across the state will allow early voting even earlier than that, socheck with your county starting October 8 to see what your options are.

    Georgia

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Georgia resident.

    How to register: You can registeronline here if you have a valid Georgia driver's license or ID card. If you don't have either,click here and fill out this application to mail in. You must register by October 11 to be able to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? Yes. Georgia requires a valid photo ID to vote, so make sure you haveone of these IDs with you at the polls. You can also get a Georgia voter ID card—which is a photo ID—for free at a county registrar's office or DMV.

    Voting early/absentee: Early voting in Georgiabegins on October 17, and early voting sites will operate on Saturday, October 29, as an option for those who can't come on a weekday. To find early voting locations,register here.

    Hawaii

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Hawaii resident.

    How to register: You can registeronline here if you have a valid Hawaii driver's license or ID card, and a Social Security number. If you don't, you will need to completethis application and mail it in. You must register by October 9 to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? Yes, but it does not need to be a photo ID—it only needs to have your name and address on it to verify you live in the precinct.

    Voting early/absentee: You can vote early, either by mail or in person. To request a ballot to vote by mail,click here. You will need to ask for a ballot by mail by November 1.To vote early, find an early polling location and vote between October 25 and November 5.

    Idaho

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day. You must have been a resident of the county in which you are voting for at least 30 days.

    How to register: Fill out theform here, and either mail or hand-deliver it to the proper county official listed. You will need to have it postmarked by October 14 in order to vote on Election Day. You can also register at your polling place on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? A voter ID is required, but if you don't have one, you can sign an affidavit stating you are who you say you are and you live where you say you live.

    Voting early/absentee: You can request an absentee ballothere. You must request an absentee ballot by November 2, and it must be received by November 8. Early voting exists in some locations from October 24 to November 4, so check for locationshere.

    Illinois

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day. You must have lived in county in which you are voting for at least 30 days.

    How to register: You can registeronline here, or you canfill out this form and mail it in. And for the first time, Illinois will allow same-day voter registration at the polls in case you can't register ahead of time.

    ID required to vote? You do not need an ID to vote, unless you are registering to vote on Election Day at your polling place. In that case, you will need a photo ID with address or a photo ID without an address (like a passport) and a non-photo ID with an address (like a utility bill or vehicle registration).

    Voting early/absentee: Anyone can vote absentee by using the form foundhere. You can file for a ballot starting August 15 and you must request one by November 2. Early voting in Illinois begins on September 29 and ends on November 7. Find early voting locationshere.

    Indiana

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day. You must have been a resident of the county in which you are voting for at least 30 days.

    How to register: You can registeronline here orfill out this form and mail it in. Voter registration must be completed by October 9 in order to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? Yes, a photo ID is necessary to cast a ballot. Also, not all student IDs are allowed.Check here to make sure the ID you bring to the polls qualifies.

    Voting early/absentee: Anyone can vote absentee in person at a county election office starting on October 10. Voting absentee by mail has a much more selective criteria, such as illness, disability, or lack of transportation on Election Day. Clickhere to get applications.

    Iowa

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is an Iowa resident.

    How to register: You can registeronline here if you have a state driver's license or ID card. Otherwise you can registerby filing out this form and mailing it in. You must register by October 29 to Election Day, but Iowa also allows same-day voter registration—just bring ID and proof of address to your polling place. If you don't have ID and proof of your address, a registered voter from your precinct will need to vouch for your identity and residency.

    ID required to vote? No.

    Voting early/absentee: Anyone can vote absentee byfiling out a form here by November 4. Absentee ballots will be sent out 40 days before the election and can be mailed in or hand-delivered to the county auditor by the time the polls close on Election Day.

    Kansas

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Kansas resident.

    How to register: You can registeronline here if you have a state driver's license or ID card. Otherwise you can registerby filing out this form and mailing it in. You must register by October 18 to vote on Election Day. Kansas does not allow same-day voter registration.

    ID required to vote? Yes, youwill need a photo ID to vote.

    Voting early/absentee: Anyone can vote absentee byfiling out a form here by November 4. Absentee ballots can be mailed in or hand-delivered to the county auditor by the time the polls close. Early in-person voting is also available starting October 15 but varies by county socheck here to get more information.

    Kentucky

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who has been a Kentucky resident for at least 29 days.

    How to register: Kentucky just launched online voter registration, which can be foundhere. Or you can download and fill out aform here, which you then mail to the State Board of Elections. Otherwise you need to fill out the form in person at your county clerk's office or DMV. You must register by October 10 to be able to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? Yes, youwill need a photo ID to vote.

    Voting early/absentee: Kentucky does not allow early voting, although a bill has been introduced in the state house to change that. Absentee voting is available only for those who are elderly, students who live outside their county, or other very limited circumstances, andyou must apply by November 1.

    Louisiana

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Louisiana resident.

    How to register: You can register onlinehere. Otherwise, you can register in person at a voter registrar's office ordownload a registration and mail it to your local office. You must register by October 9 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? Yes, youwill need a photo ID to vote.

    Voting early/absentee: Louisiana allows in-person early voting from October 25 to November 1. You can findlocations here. Absentee ballots by mail areavailable only for those who are elderly or disabled or who will be outside the parish on Election Day, such as students or members of the military. You need to request an absentee ballotthrough this voter portal before November 4 if you qualify.

    Maine

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Maine resident.

    How to register: You can register by mail bydownloading this voter registration card and mailing it to the Secretary of State address listed on the registration before October 17. You can also register in person at a voter registration drive, which must also occur before October 17. Otherwise you can register in person at a city or town hall or the DMV until Election Day.

    ID required to vote? No, as long as you are already registered, you do not need an ID to vote.

    Voting early/absentee: To vote early absentee, you cancontact your local clerk or registrar to obtain an application, or apply for a ballot onlinehere.

    Maryland

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Maryland resident. 

    How to register: You can register onlinehere. Otherwise, you can register in person at a voter registrar's office, ordownload a registration form and mail it to your local office. You must register by October 18 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? No, you do not need a photo ID to vote.

    Voting early/absentee: Maryland allows in-person early voting from October 27 to November 3. You can findlocations here. Absentee ballot requests are available onlinehere, or you can obtain onein person at one of the locations listed here. You must request an absentee ballot by November 4.

    Massachusetts

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Massachusetts resident.

    How to register: You can register onlinehere. Otherwise, you can register in person at avoter registrar's office, ordownload a registration form and mail it toyour local office. You must register by October 19 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? No, you do not need a photo ID to vote.

    Voting early/absentee: This will be the first year that Massachusetts allows early voting, which will be available from October 24 to November 4. Early voting locations and times will be available closer to Election Day,so check back here. Absentee ballots are only available for those who will be out of the precinct on Election Day or are physically unable to get to the polls. Absentee ballot requests are available onlinehere, or you can obtain onein person at a location listed here. You must request an absentee ballot by 12 p.m. November 7. Absentee ballots must be received by close of polls on Election Day.

    Michigan

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Michigan resident.

    How to register: You can register in person at avoter registrar's office,or download a registration form and mail it toyour local office. You must register by October 9 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? Michiganasks for a photo ID, but you can also sign an affidavit verifying your identity if you do not have one.

    Voting early/absentee: Michigandoes not allow early voting. Absentee ballots are available only for those who will be out of the precinct on Election Day, physically unable to get to the polls, or ages 60 or older. You can fill in arequest for a ballot here and then mail it to yourlocal clerk. Absentee ballots must be requested by November 5.

    Minnesota

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Minnesota resident.

    How to register: You can register onlinehere, or print a copy to mail in or deliver in person to the address listed. You must register by October 20. Minnesota also allowssame-day voter registration, so if you don't register in advance, you can still do it when you cast your vote.

    ID required to vote? No, as long as you are already registered, you do not need an ID to vote.

    Voting early/absentee: Minnesota allows absentee ballots for any reason. You can vote in-person absentee at county elections offices weekdays September 26 to November 7, as well as on Saturday, November 5. Otherwise you can obtain an absentee ballot by mail by applyinghere. Absentee ballot requests must be in by November 2, and ballots must be delivered by mail or hand-delivered tothe county offices by the time polls close on Election Day.

    Mississippi

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Mississippi resident.

    How to register: You can register to votehere—just print a copy and mail it to yourcounty clerk. You can also register in person at a DMV. You must register by October 9 to be able to vote on Election Day. Mississippi does not allow you to register online.

    ID required to vote? Yes, you must have a valid photo ID to cast a ballot on Election Day.

    Voting early/absentee: Mississippi does not have early voting. Absentee ballots are allowed only for those who are out of the precinct because of school or military service, or for those who can't make it to the polls due to illness or age. If you are eligible, you need to register for an absentee ballot before October 30 and must  contact a circuit clerk to request a ballot.

    Missouri

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Missouri resident.

    How to register: You can register to voteonline here if you are in Columbia or Boone County. Otherwise you canprint a form here and mail it to yourelection authority. Your request must be received by October 12.

    ID required to vote? Yes, you must have ID, although it does not need to be a photo ID. A list of acceptable IDsis here.

    Voting early/absentee: Missouri does not have early voting. Absentee ballots are available for those who will be out of the precinct on Election Day. You can fill out a request formhere and mail itto your local election authority. Absentee requests must be received by November 2.

    Montana

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day. You must have been a resident of Montana for at least 30 days prior to Election Day.

    How to register: You can register to vote byfilling out this form and taking it in person or mailing it to a local county election office. You must register by October 9 to complete early registration. Otherwise, you can register late registration until November 8, but at that point you can only register in person.

    ID required to vote? Yes, you must have ID, although it does not need to be a photo ID. Bank statements, paychecks, and utility bills will work as well.

    Voting early/absentee: Montana does not have early voting. Absentee ballots are available for anyone. You must submit aballot request by mail or in person by noon on November 7. Your ballot will come with an envelope to return it by mail. It must be received by 8 p.m. November 8 to be valid.

    Nebraska

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day. You must have been a resident of Nebraska the state for at least 30 days prior to Election Day. A newer Nebraskan can vote on a presidential-only ballot but cannot vote on local or state elections.

    How to register: You can register to vote onlinehere. Otherwise you can registerby filling out this form and taking it in person or mailing it to a local county election office. You must register by October 21.

    ID required to vote? No. As long as you provided ID when you registered, you will not be asked to show ID at the polls.

    Voting early/absentee: Nebraska has eliminated absentee ballots and now has Early Voting Ballots instead. Anyone can apply for a ballot by filling outthis form and mailing or faxing it toyour county clerk. Forms must be received by November 2. You can deliver a ballot in person or by mail at theclerk's office until Election Day.

    Nevada

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Nevada resident.

    How to register: You can register to vote online here. Otherwise you can registerby filling out this form and taking it in person or mailing it to alocal election official. You must register by mail by October 8 or online or in person by October 18.

    ID required to vote? Yes, but not photo ID. You can also vote with a utility bill, bank statement, or something else verifying your address.

    Voting early/absentee: Nevada has early in-person voting from October 22 to November 4. You can find out where and when to vote by finding your countyhere. You can also vote absentee for any reason by mail. Request anabsentee ballot here by November 1 and return it by poll closing on November 8.

    New Hampshire

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a New Hampshire resident.

    How to register: New Hampshire does not have online or mail-in voter registration. You must register in person at a town or clerk office by October 29. Otherwise you can register in person at the polls when you cast your ballot.

    ID required to vote? Yes, you will need to show a driver's license, state-issued ID, passport, or military ID.

    Voting early/absentee: New Hampshire does not have early voting. You can vote absentee for a small list of reasons. If you qualify,download a request here, but be warned: they will ask for your reason and you can be charged with a misdemeanor if your excuse wasn't valid. Allowable reasons to request a ballot are listed on the form and include disability, an out-of-town commitment, or a religious objection. You must request an absentee ballot by 5 p.m. November 7.

    New Jersey

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day. You must have been a resident of New Jersey for at least 30 days prior to Election Day.

    How to register: You can register to vote byfiling out this form and mailing it to the address on the front. Otherwise you can register in person at the DMV or the government services buildingslisted here. You must register by October 21.

    ID required to vote? Yes, but it does not need to be photo ID. Bank statements, car registrations, and official documents like utility bills will work.

    Voting early/absentee: New Jersey does not have early in-person voting. Anyone in New Jersey can vote by mail by filling out an application with the county. The applications for receiving a ballot by mail arehere. An application must be received by November 2 to get a ballot by mail. Otherwise you canapply in person until 3 p.m. November 7 and receive a ballot then.      

    New Mexico

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a New Mexico resident.

    How to register: You can register to vote byfiling out this form and mailing it to Bureau of Elections, 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300, Santa Fe, NM 87503. Otherwise you can find New Mexico-specific forms at libraries, the DMV, and government offices across the state. You must register by October 11.

    ID required to vote? No, but you will have to offer a written or verbal statement attesting that you are who you say you are.

    Voting early/absentee: You can vote early in person starting on October 11 at yourlocal county clerk's office. Early voting ends November 5. You can also obtain an absentee ballot by requesting onehere by November 4. Absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk by 7 p.m. on November 8 to be valid.   

    New York

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day. You must have been living at your present address in New York for at least 30 days. If you have been in the state for less than 30 days, you can still vote on a presidential-only ballot.

    How: You can register to vote onlinehere. Or you can fill outthis form and return it by mail to acounty board of elections. You can also register in person at any place onthis list. Registrations must be received by October 19 by mail (postmarked by October 14), or done in person by October 14 in order to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? You do not need an ID to vote if you supplied an ID when you registered.

    Voting early/absentee: New York does not offer early voting. You can vote absentee only if you will be out of your precinct on Election Day. You can obtain an absentee ballot by requesting onehere by November 1. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 7 or delivered by hand to your county board of elections by November 8 before polls close to be valid.

    North Carolina

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day. You must have been living at your present address in North Carolina for at least 30 days. If you have moved from one county to another within that 30-day period, you are still eligible to vote at your prior precinct.

    How to register: You can register to vote by filling outthis form and returning it by mail to thecounty board of elections for your address. You can also get a registration form at DMVs, local public high schools, libraries, or government offices. You must register by October 14 to be able to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? Yes, you will need a valid photo ID to vote at the polls.

    Voting early/absentee: North Carolina offers early in-person voting—which they call One Stop Voting because you can register at the same time if you aren't already registered—October 27 to November 5.Check here for your One Stop Voting site. You can also vote absentee by mail by requesting a ballot by November 1. Absentee ballots must be received by thecounty board of elections by 5 p.m. on November 7 to be counted.

    North Dakota

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day. You must be a resident of the North Dakota for at least 30 days.

    How to register: Just show up! North Dakota is theonly state in the country without a voter registration process, so find your precinct and go cast a ballot.

    ID required to vote? Although you may be asked for ID, a current voter in your precinct can vouch for you if you don't have one.

    Voting early/absentee: North Dakota offers early in-person voting from October 24 to November 7, but it varies by county. You can find an early polling placehere. You can also vote absentee by mail by requesting a ballot here and you must have your request in before November 7.

    Ohio

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day. You must be a resident of the Ohio for at least 30 days.

    How to register: You can register to vote by filing outthis form and mailing it toyour county board of elections. You must register by October 11 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? Although you may be asked for ID, a current voter in your precinct can vouch for you if you don't have one.

    Voting early/absentee: Ohio offers early in-person voting October 12 through November 7. You can find your early voting sitehere. You can alsorequest an absentee ballot to vote by mail. Absentee ballots must be requested by November 5.

    Oklahoma

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is an Oklahoma resident.

    How: The Oklahoma state legislature has approved online registration, but as of yet the site has not been built. For now, you can register to vote by filing outthis form and mailing it to the address listed on it. You must register by October 14 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote?Yes, Oklahoma asks for photo ID at the polls, although you can also sign an affidavit and submit a provisional ballot—an unofficial ballot that will be counted if the voter is found to be registered—instead. If you want to be sure your vote is counted on Election Day, bring photo ID with you.

    Voting early/absentee: Oklahoma allowsearly voting on November 5, 6, and 7. You can find your early voting sitehere. You can alsorequest an absentee ballot to vote by mail, but only if you are physically incapacitated or caring for someone who is. Absentee ballots must be requested by November 2 and must be received by thecounty board of elections by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

    Oregon

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is an Oregon resident.

    How to register: You can register online to votehere or fill outthis form and mail it to the address on the application. You must register by October 25 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? No, Oregon does not require voter ID.

    Voting early/absentee: Oregon participates in vote by mail—if you are a registered voter, you will receive a ballot in the mail two to three weeks before Election Day, and you can either return it by mail before November 2 or drop it in a specialdrop box between November 3 and November 8 at 8 p.m. You can alsorequest an absentee ballot to vote by mail if you are currently out of state. Absentee ballots must be requested by November 2. If you prefer to vote in person, you can go toyour county elections office on Election Day and cast a ballot there.

    Pennsylvania

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day. You must have been a resident of Pennsylvania for at least 30 days.

    How to register: You can register online to votehere or by filing outthis form and mailing it to the address on the application. You must register by October 10 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? No, Pennsylvania does not require voter ID.

    Voting early/absentee: Pennsylvania does not have early voting. You canrequest an absentee ballot to vote by mail if you will be out of state on Election Day. Absentee ballots must be requested by November 1.

    Rhode Island

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on before Election Day. You must have been a resident of Rhode Island for at least 30 days.

    How to register: You can register by filing outthis form and mailing it to the board of canvassers. Be sure to send it to the office for your precinct. You must register by October 10 to be eligible to vote on Election Day. However, if you miss the deadline, you can also register at your polling place on Election Day, as Rhode Island offers same-day voter registration in presidential election years.

    ID required to vote?Yes, Rhode Island asks for photo ID at the polls, although you can cast a provisional ballot if you don't have one.

    Voting early/absentee: Rhode Island does not have early voting. It does offer absentee voting by mail for all voters. You can request a mail ballot byapplying here by October 18.

    South Carolina

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a South Carolina resident.

    How to register: You can register to vote onlinehere or fill outthis form and mail it to thecounty board of voter registration. You must register by October 10 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote?Yes, South Carolina asks for photo ID at the polls.

    Voting early/absentee: Those who will be out of the precinct, working, or otherwise unable to get to the polls on Election Day can vote absentee in person or by mail.  You can vote absentee in personat your county voter registration office until 5 p.m. November 7. You will need to contact the office to find out when it is open.  You can request a ballot by mailhere until November 4.

    South Dakota

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a South Dakota resident.

    How to register: You can register to vote by filing outthis form and mailing it to thecounty auditor's office. You must register by October 24 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? Yes, South Dakota asks for photo ID at the polls, although if you don't have one, you can sign an affidavit instead.

    Voting early/absentee: South Dakota does not allow early voting. You can vote absentee by requesting a ballothere and returning the requesthere by November 7.

    Tennessee

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Tennessee resident.

    How to register: You can register to vote by filing outthis form and mailing it to the county election commission. You must register by October 10 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? Yes, Tennessee requires for photo ID at the polls. If you cannot afford a photo ID, you must sign a form saying you are indigent and couldn't get a valid ID without paying a fee.

    Voting early/absentee: Tennessee allows early in-person voting from October 19 to November 4 at early voting sites that you will be able to findhere closer to Election Day. You can also vote absentee by mail but will need to provide a valid excuse for being out of your precinct on Election Day, such as being a student in a different state or residing in a nursing home. Valid excuses are listed on the form. You can request an absentee by mail ballothere. Requests must be received by November 1.

    Texas

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Texas resident.

    How to register: You can register to vote by filing out the formlinked on this page and mailing it to the county voter registrar. You must register by October 11 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? Yes, Texas requires for photo ID at the polls. There are seven different types of valid photo IDs allowed. A school ID is not one of them, although a gun license is.

    Voting early/absentee: Texas allows early in-person voting from October 24 to November 4 at early voting sites that you will be able to find here. You can also vote absentee by mail but will need to provide a valid excuse for being out of your precinct on Election Day, such as being out of the country or disabled. You can request to vote absentee by mailhere, and you must return the request application to theEarly Voting Clerk. Requests to vote absentee by mail must be made by October 28, and ballots must be received by the Early Voting Clerk by the time polls close on Election Day.

    Utah

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Utah resident.

    How to register: You can register onlinehere or fill outthis form and mail it to the address printed on front. You must register by October 10 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? Yes, Utah requires ID, although the ID does not have to have a photo. You can provide two forms of alternate identification if they have both your name and address on them.

    Voting early/absentee: Utah allows early in-person voting two to three weeks prior to Election Day. You will need to checkhere to find out when the polls will be open and in which counties. You can also vote absentee by mail. You can request an absentee by mail ballothere. Requests must be made by November 3.

    Vermont

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Vermont resident.

    How to register: You can register by filing outthis form and mailing it to your town clerk. You must register by November 1 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? No, Vermont does not require an ID at the polls.

    Voting early/absentee: Vermont allows early in-person voting attown clerk offices starting September 24. Otherwise you can request a mail-in absentee ballothere. All absentee ballot requests must be in by November 7.

    Virginia

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Virginia resident.

    How to register: You can register onlinehere or fill outthis form and deliver it to the address for the clerk in your precinct. You can also fill the form out in person at any DMV, public library, or social service agency in Virginia. You must register by October 19 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? Yes, Virginia requires photo ID to vote, and you can find a list of acceptable IDshere.

    Voting early/absentee: Virginia allows early in-person absentee voting starting 45 days before an election for those who will be unable to get to the polls on Election Day. A list of allowed excuses for absentee voting ishere. You can fill out a request for an absentee formhere and mail your ballot in as well. Absentee requests must be received by November 5.

    Washington

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Washington resident.

    How to register: You can register online to votehere, or by filing outthis form and mailing it to the address provided. You can also register in personat your local county elections department. You must register by October 10 online or by mail, or by October 31 in person to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? An ID may be requested if you vote in person, but it does not need to have a photo, just an address.

    Voting early/absentee: Washington participates in vote by mail—if you are a registered voter, you will receive a ballot in the mail that you can return by mail or in person at yourlocal county elections department starting October 21 until November 8. You can also vote in person at an early voting location run by yourcounty elections department.

    West Virginia

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a West Virginia resident.

    How to register: You can register online to votehere or fill outthis form and mail it to a county clerk. You can also registerin personat a county clerk's office. You must register by October 18 to be eligible to vote on Election Day.

    ID required to vote? No, West Virginia does not require ID to vote.

    Voting early/absentee: West Virginia allows early voting from October 26 to November 5. It is conducted Monday through Friday during business hours, as well as Saturday, October 29, and November 5. It is usually conducted at county courthouses. West Virginia also allows absentee ballots for those who will not be able to make to their polling places on Election Day because of work, school, or illness. You can request an absentee ballothere. The request must be filed with acounty clerk by November 2.

    Wisconsin

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Wisconsin resident.

    How to register: You can register online to votehere by entering your information and confirming you are not already registered first. You can also fill outthis form and return it to a municipal clerk in person. You can register in person up until Election Day, even when you cast a ballot, since Wisconsin has same-day voter registration.

    ID required to vote? Yes, Wisconsin requires a photo ID to vote.Check here to be sure you have the right ID.

    Voting early/absentee: Wisconsin allows early in-person absentee ballot voting atmunicipal clerks' offices on weekdays from October 24 to 4 p.m. on November 4. You can also do an absentee ballot by mail by filling outthis form and sending it to a clerk's office by 5 p.m. on November 3. You can then return your ballot by the time polls close on Election Day.

    Wyoming

    Who: Any U.S. citizen age 18 or older on or before Election Day who is a Wyoming resident.

    How: You can register by filling outthis form and returning it to a county clerk. You can also register in person, including when you cast a ballot, since Wyoming hassame-day voter registration. Wyoming is the only state that does not register voters at the DMV.

    ID required to vote? No, Wyoming does not require ID to vote.

    Voting early/absentee: Wyoming allows early in-person absentee ballot voting at anycounty clerk's office until Election Day, starting October 29. You can also request an absentee ballot by mail until November 7 and return the ballot to the county clerk before the polls close on Election Day. You must contact your county clerk to request an absentee ballot by mail.

    This post may be updated as the election approaches.

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