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Voter Registration-AL, AK, AZ

The process for voter registration for the states of Alabama, Alaska, and Arizona is fairly similar as elections are governed by federal law. However, the procedures vary slightly in terms of where to submit the forms and deadlines for registration. The details for each state are below.

Alabama

  • Residents of Alabama can register to vote by filling out an application online; downloading a PDF file, filling it out, and mailing it in; or requesting the Alabama Secretary of State mail them a paper application that they fill out and return by mail. They can also obtain voter registration services in person at driver's license offices, public libraries, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Public Health, the Medicaid Agency, public four-year universities, some private universities, and the Department of Rehabilitation Services.
  • Applications that are mailed in must be sent to either the resident's County Board of Registrars or the Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Division, located at PO Box 5616, Montgomery, AL 36103.
  • An Alabama's driver's license or non-driver identification card is required for voter registration and a valid photo identification is required to vote at a resident's polling place. Valid photo IDs include a driver's license, non-driver identification card, U.S. passport, student ID, state or federal employee ID, military ID, tribal ID, and others.
  • Alabama residents can register to vote up to 14 days before an election.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the State of Alabama, and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the "Registrant Search" page on the Alabama Votes website. They need to enter their county, first name, last name, and date of birth to retrieve their information. They can also contact their County Board of Registrars by phone or mail.
  • To change a name or address, an Alabama resident must re-submit the PDF or mail-in voter registration form. Change of address is not available through the online form.

Alaska

  • Residents of Alaska can register to vote online, by mail, or in person at a Division of Elections Office or a Voter Registration Agency.
  • Applications that are completed on the paper form must be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the resident's Regional Elections Office.
  • An Alaska driver's license, state ID, passport, or birth certificate is required for voter registration. A valid photo ID such as a driver's license, state ID, U.S. passport, student ID, state or federal employee ID, military ID, or tribal ID is required to be presented at the resident's polling place on election day.
  • Alaska residents can register to vote up to 30 days prior to an election.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the State of Alaska, and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction, been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law, or be registered to vote in another state.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the "Are You Registered? Check Your Status Online" page of the Alaska Division of Elections website.
  • To change a name or address, an Alaska resident must re-submit their online or paper voter registration form. The paper form must be mailed or delivered in person to the resident's Regional Elections Office.

Arizona

  • Residents of Arizona can register to vote online, by mail, or in person at the resident's County Recorder's Office. They can also request a form be sent to them by contacting their County Recorder's Office.
  • Applications that are completed on the paper form must be mailed to the resident's County Recorder's Office.
  • To register to vote by any method, a valid Arizona driver's license or non-operating ID card is required. In absence of a driver's license or ID card, residents can provide a birth certificate, passport, naturalization documents, or tribal certificate instead. Proof of identity is also required at polling places on election day.
  • The deadline to register to vote in Arizona is "midnight on the 29th day before the election."
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the State of Arizona, and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law. First-time felons can have their civil rights restored "upon completion of a person's sentence and payment of any fines and restitution."
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the Arizona Voter Information Portal and entering their county, last name, date of birth, and driver's license or state ID number.
  • To change a name or address, an Arizona resident can update their registration information online or by completing and resubmitting a paper registration form. The updated form must be sent to the resident's County Recorder's Office.
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Voter Registration-AR, CA, CO

The process for voter registration for the states of Arkansas, California, and Colorado is fairly similar as elections are governed by federal law. However, the procedures vary slightly in terms of where to submit the forms and deadlines for registration. The details for each state are below.

Arkansas

  • The only way for Arkansas residents to vote is by filling out a paper registration form and mailing it or delivering it in person to the resident's County Clerk.
  • Voter registration forms can be obtained on the Arkansas Secretary of State website, at a County Clerk's office, at a revenue or DMV office, at a public library, at a disability agency, or at a military recruitment office.
  • To register to vote, Arkansas residents must provide their driver's license number or last for digits of their social security number on their application.
  • Arkansas law requires voters to verify their registration by presenting a document or ID card that has been issued by the United States, the State of Arkansas, or an accredited post-secondary educational institute in Arkansas and includes the voter's name and photo.
  • A valid photo identification is required to vote at a resident's polling place. Valid photo IDs include a driver's license, non-driver identification card, U.S. passport, student ID, state or federal employee ID, military ID, tribal ID, and others.
  • Arkansas residents can register to vote up to 30 days prior to an election.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the State of Arkansas and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the Registrant Search page of the Arkansas Secretary of State website and entering their county, first name, last name, and date of birth. They can also contact their County Clerk by phone.
  • To change a name or address, an Arkansas resident must re-submit the PDF or mail-in voter registration form.

California

  • Residents in California can register to vote online or by picking up a paper registration form from "any Department of Motor Vehicles field office, and many post offices, public libraries, and government offices." They can also request a form from their County Election Office.
  • To register to vote in California, residents will need their driver's license or state ID card number, their last four digits of their social security number, and their date of birth.
  • California polling places do not require identification to vote. However, if a driver's license number was not included on the voter registration form, residents will need to provide ID when voting. They can also provide a recent utility bill, their county Voter Information Guide that they received from their County Election Office, a passport, or student ID card.
  • California residents must be registered to vote no later than 15 days before an election.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the state of California, and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the My Voter Status page of the California Secretary of State website and entering their first name, last name, California driver's license or ID card number, last four digits of their social security number, and date of birth.
  • To change a name or address, a California resident must re-register to vote either online or by picking up and completing a new paper registration form.

Colorado

  • Residents in Colorado can register to vote online or by completing a paper registration form and mailing it to the resident's county clerk and recorder or to Colorado Department of State, Elections Division, 1700 Broadway, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80290.
  • They can also register to vote in person at Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle office; offices that provide public assistance; military recruitment centers; "any federal, state, or local government office or any non-government office that chooses to provide voter registration service or applications;" at a voter service and polling center; or through voter registration drives.
  • To register to vote in Colorado, residents will need their driver's license or ID card.
  • In Colorado, all voters who vote in person at polling places must provide identification to include a driver's license, non-driver identification card, U.S. passport, student ID, state or federal employee ID, military ID, tribal ID, and others.
  • Colorado residents may register to vote through election day. To receive a ballot by mail, they must register to vote no later than eight days before the election.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the state of Colorado for at least 22 days prior to election day, and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Colorado residents can register to vote at age 16, but cannot vote in a general election until they are 18 years old.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the Find My Registration page of the Colorado Secretary of State website.
  • To change a name or address, Colorado residents may update their registration online or by resubmitting a paper registration form to their county clerk and recorder.
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Voter Registration-CT, DE, DC

Connecticut, Delaware, and the District of Columbia all have provisions for voter registration via mail, online, and in-person. Both Connecticut and the District of Columbia offer same-day voter registration at poll stations. The details for each state are available below.

Connecticut (CT)

  • Residents of Connecticut can register to vote online through the state's official voter registration website.
  • Alternatively, residents can download the registration form as a PDF file, fill it out, and mail it or deliver in person to the voter's town clerk.
  • CT has a provision for in-person election day registration at designated election day registration locations.
  • Residents can contact registrars for information on location, hours of operation, and ID requirements.
  • Regarding deadlines, residents should submit their voter registration details seven days before a general election and five days before a primary election. However, with the provision for election day registration, those who miss deadlines have the opportunity to register in-person and vote.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the "Connecticut Election Center" page of Connecticut's Division of Elections website and go to the "Check Your Registration" section.
  • Specific voter registration requirements include being a citizen of the United States, resident of the State of Connecticut, and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Additionally, residents must have "completed confinement and parole if previously convicted of a disenfranchising felony."
  • For voter registration and voting, first-time voters must present a copy of a current and valid photo identification that indicates their name and address. They can also provide a copy of a bank statement, a current utility bill, paycheck, government check, or government document that has one's name and address on it.
  • All other voters can provide a social security card or a pre-printed form of identification with one's name and address/signature/photograph.

Delaware (DE)

  • Residents of Delaware can register to vote online, by mail, or in person at specific government offices. They can also request a form be sent to them by contacting the Department of Elections Office for one's county.
  • To update voter registration information such as name and address, residents must fill out a particular form and mail or fax it to the county's Department of Elections Office.
  • To qualify for voter registration and vote in the state of Delaware, individuals must be citizens of the United States and residents of Delaware. Additionally, they must be 18 years old on or before the day of the election.
  • Individuals must be barred from voting if they were "convicted of a felony, and have not completed your sentence, were convicted of a disqualifying felony, and have not been pardoned."
  • Regarding deadlines, residents must register at least 10 days before an election day and "anytime except after the fourth Saturday before a Primary or General Election through the day of the election."
  • To register and vote in Delaware, individuals must present a valid Delaware driver's license number or a Delaware identification card number. If the mentioned documents are not available, they must provide a full social security number.
  • Voters can check the status of their voter registration by visiting the "Delaware Election Center" page of Connecticut's Division of Elections website and go to the "Check Your Registration" section.

District of Columbia (DC)

  • Residents of the District of Columbia can register to vote via mail, online, and in-person.
  • They should print, fill out, and sign a voter registration form, and send it back for approval by the Board of Elections.
  • Online voter registration can be submitted through a voter registration website.
  • D.C. has a provision for in-person same-day voter registrations offered at early voting centers and the poll centers on election day.
  • Specific requirements for voter registration in the District of Columbia include: one must be a citizen of the United States, maintain residency in the District of Columbia (at least 30 days prior to the election), be at least 18 years old by the next general election, and should not be a convict of any felony charge.
  • Individuals should be barred from registering and voting if they claim voting residence or the right to vote in another U.S. state or territory.
  • Regarding deadlines, applications for voter registration must be submitted at least 21 days before an election. Same-day registration is available for those who miss voter registration deadlines.
  • Residents can update their voter registration details such as their name and address in-person at the Board of Elections office and via mail by printing, signing, and returning the voter registration form to the board.
  • They can also update information online through a specific website.
  • Individuals registering to vote for the first time must include a copy of a current and valid government-issued photo identification with one's name and address, or a current utility bill, government check, bank statement, or paycheck showing name and address, or any other government-issued document showing name and address.

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Voter Registration-FL, GA, HI

Florida, Georgia, and Hawaii all offer online, mail, and in-person voter registration process. In Hawaii, the registration deadline is 30 days before an election and 28 days before an election in Florida and Georgia. A potential voter must be 18 years or above to be eligible to vote in each of the states, at least 16 years to pre-register in Florida and Hawaii, 17 years and a half in Georgia.

Florida

Voter’s Registration Process

Required documentation

Online Registration Process

In-Person/Mail Registration

  • The statewide voter registration application is available for download in English/Spanish PDF versions.
  • Paper application forms can be found at any "county Supervisor of Elections office, local library, or any entity authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission".
  • For military or overseas U.S. citizen, the applicant can register to vote and request a vote-by-mail ballot by using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).
  • Voters can register through the Florida driver’s license office, the Florida tax collector office, and agencies under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
  • The NVRA agencies include all offices that provide public assistance, all offices that provide state-funded programs for persons with disabilities, Armed Forces recruitment offices, centers for independent living, and public libraries.

Registration Deadline

Change of Information

  • To update a piece of information, the voter submits a change using any of the three registration options (online, in-person/mail, and agencies).
  • The voter can also call or email an address change to the county supervisor of elections.

Registration Status Check

Hawaii

Voter’s Registration Process

Required documentation

Online Registration Process

Mail and In-Person Registration

  • For the registration through mail, the person is required to fill the voter registration application form and submit to the Clerk’s Office.
  • For in-person registration, the individual has to apply to the Office of Elections, State Libraries, U.S. Post Offices, Satellite City Halls, specific State Agencies or the Clerk’s Office.

Registration Deadline

Change of Information

  • Voters can update their information through Hawaii’s Online Voter Registration System, completing a registration application and submitting the updated information to the Clerk’s Office.

Registration Status Check

Georgia

Voter’s Registration Process

Required documentation

Online Registration Process

Mail/In-Person Registration Process

  • Voters can download, fill, and mail a voter registration application.
  • For in-person registration, the individual has to apply to the local county board of registrars’ office or election office, public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, and specific government offices.
  • For college students, Georgia voter registration forms are available through their school registrar’s office or office of the VP, academic affairs in all U.S. states.
  • The Department of Driver Services offers registration when an individual renews or applies for a driver’s license.

Registration Deadline

Change of Information

Registration Status Check





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Voter Registration-ID, IL, IN

Idaho, Illinois, and Indiana allow in-person, online, and mail voter registration. Also, these states only allow US citizens, who have lived in the specific state for, at least, 30 days before the election, and are not incarcerated to register and vote. Below is an overview of the voter registration process for Idaho, Illinois, and Indiana.

Idaho

How To Register

  • To register, eligible persons must obtain the voter registration form (provided in PDF), fill, sign, and return it to the County Clerk.
  • The completed form can be delivered or submitted in-person or mailed directly to the County Clerk.
  • Idaho also permits online voter registration.

Required Documentation

  • The required documentation to register and vote in Idaho is the submitted voter registration form, which is usually submitted, at least, 25 days before the election day.
  • Idaho permits election day voter registration, which must be completed in-person. For this, such registrants are required to present documents that provide proof of residence and a photo ID.
  • Some documents that Idaho requires as proof of residence include valid Idaho driver license or identification issued through the department of transportation, valid student ID from a post-secondary educational institution in Idaho, among others.
  • "First-time voters must either include a copy of one of the following forms of identification with the voter registration form or present it at the polls before voting:" current photo identification, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or any other government document including the voter's name and address.

Registration Deadlines

  • Online registrations must be completed 25 days before the election day.
  • Voter registration forms that are to be mailed to the County Clerk must be completed 25 days before the election day.
  • In-person voter registration can be completed on election day.

Specific Registration Requirements

  • To vote in Idaho, prospective voters are required to meet the eligibility criteria by being a "qualified elector."
  • "Qualified electors are persons: who are eighteen (18) years of age; are United States citizens; have resided in Idaho and the county, at least, thirty (30) days next preceding the election at which they desire to vote; and are registered as required by law."

Checking For Voter Registration Status

Changing of Name or Address on Voter Registration

  • This same form used for voter registration is also used to change the name and/or address and follows the same procedure as the normal registration process.
  • The form has a checkbox to indicate if there is a change of name.

Illinois

How To Register

  • In Illinois, prospective voters can register online, in-person or by mail at any of the available locations, including the county clerk's office, the board of election commissioner's office, city and village offices, township offices, among others.
  • To register in-person or by mail, prospective voters must complete the state voter registration form.
  • To register online, registrants can access the state's online voter application.
  • The state also allows for "automatic registration of eligible individuals to vote through the Department of Motor Vehicles and other designated automatic voter registration agencies."

Required Documentation

  • "Illinois does not require voters to present identification while voting, in most cases;" however, first-time voters are required to provide some documents.
  • First-time voters who are registering in-person are required to provide two forms of identification, with at least, one showing their current residence address.
  • If they are registering by mail, sufficient proof of identity is required by providing their driver's license numbers or state identification card number.
  • If any of these documents are not available, the last 4 digits of their social security number must be verified. In addition, "they must provide a copy of current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government documents that show their names and addresses".

Registration Deadlines

  • "Regular registration closes during the period beginning 27 days prior to an election and ending two days after the election."
  • "Online registration closes 16 days before an election."
  • Illinois allows a grace period for in-person registration on election day at certain locations.

Specific Registration Requirements

  • Registrants must be a United States citizen, be at least 18 years old. Some 17 years old may vote if the individual will be 18 by the time of the general primary, consolidated primary or caucus.
  • They must live in the election precinct, at least, 30 days before the election day.
  • They must not be convicted and incarcerated.

Checking For Voter Registration Status

Changing of Name or Address on Voter Registration

  • Registered voters can change their names or address by re-registering the new name and/or address, using the same form for the normal voter registration process.
  • This form has provisions for those who want to change their names or addresses.

Indiana

How To Register

  • Prospective voters can complete their registrations online, in-person or by mail.
  • "Absent military and overseas voters can also submit a voter registration application by fax or email when using the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA)."
  • To register online, prospective voters can access the state's voter portal.
  • To register in-person or by mail, registrants must obtain, complete, and return the voter registration form to the county’s voter registration office, the Indiana Election Division, any BMV license branch, or any public assistance office.
  • "The federal voter registration form is also a valid voter registration form for use in Indiana."

Required Documentation

  • In addition to the voter registration form, registrants must also provide a document showing proof of residence.
  • This document can be a valid Indiana driver’s license or an Indiana state-issued identification card. This will be used to complete new voter registration applications or to update existing voter registration records.
  • It can also be "a current and valid photo identification, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document". These documents must show the name and address of the holder.

Registration Deadlines

Specific Registration Requirements

  • Prospective registrants must be U.S. citizens and residents of Indiana.
  • They must be, at least, 18 years of age on or before the next general or municipal election and must have lived in the precinct where they vote for, at least, 30 days before the election.
  • They must not be incarcerated or convicted.

Checking For Voter Registration Status

Changing of Name or Address on Voter Registration

  • To change or update the name and/or address of registered individuals, the state's voter portal provides the capability. It follows a similar process as registering to vote.
  • Alternatively, paper registration forms can be obtained, filled, and submitted "at the Marion County Board of Voters Registration, branches of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, township trustee offices, and Indianapolis/Marion County Public Library branches."

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Voter Registration-IA, KS, KY

The process for voter registration for the states of Iowa, Kansas, and Kentucky is fairly similar as elections are governed by federal law. However, the procedures vary slightly in terms of where to submit the forms and deadlines for registration. The details for each state are below.

Iowa

  • Residents of Iowa can register to vote online or by filling out a paper registration form and mailing it to their County Auditor's office.
  • An Iowa driver's license or identification card and the last five digits of a resident's social security number is required for voter registration.
  • A valid photo identification is required to vote at an Iowa resident's polling place. Valid photo IDs include a driver's license, non-driver identification card, U.S. passport, student ID, state or federal employee ID, military ID, tribal ID, and others.
  • Proof of residence may also be required at a polling place, which can include a residential lease, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check.
  • Iowa residents can register to vote up to 45 days prior to an election.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the state of Iowa, and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Seventeen-year-olds can register to vote if they will turn 18 on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the Am I Registered to Vote in Iowa page of the Iowa Secretary of State website and entering their first name, last name, and zip code.
  • To change a name or address, Iowa residents must re-register to vote online or by filling out and submitting a paper registration form to their County Auditor's office. Change of addresses must be made at least 45 days prior to an election except if the resident has moved within the same county, which can be reported on election day.

Kansas

  • Residents of Kansas can register to vote online or by filling out a paper registration form and mailing, faxing, emailing, or delivering it in person to the resident's county election office or the Secretary of State's office.
  • To register to vote in Kansas, residents must have a valid Kansas driver's license or non-driver's identification card. On the paper registration form, the last four digits of a social security number can be used in place of a driver's license or ID card if a resident does not yet have one.
  • A valid photo identification is required to vote at a Kansas resident's polling place. Valid photo IDs include a driver's license, non-driver identification card, U.S. passport, student ID, state or federal employee ID, military ID, tribal ID, and others.
  • Kansas residents can register to vote up to 21 days prior to an election.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the state of Kansas, and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Seventeen-year-olds can register to vote if they will turn 18 on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the Registrant Search page of the MyVoteInfo website by entering their county, first name, last name, and date of birth.
  • To change a name or address, Kansas residents must re-register to vote online or by filling out and submitting a paper registration form to their county election office or the Secretary of State's office. If a move is made within the same county, an address change can be reported on election day.

Kentucky

  • Residents of Kentucky can register to vote online or by filling out and submitting a paper registration form and mailing it to the State Board of Elections, 140 Walnut Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.
  • Paper voter registration forms can also be mailed to a resident's County Clerk office.
  • A resident will need their social security number and birth date to register to vote in Kentucky; however, on election day, a valid photo identification is required to vote at a Kentucky resident's polling place. Valid photo IDs include a driver's license, non-driver identification card, U.S. passport, student ID, state or federal employee ID, military ID, tribal ID, and others.
  • Kentucky residents can register to vote up to 29 days before election day.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the state of Kansas, and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Seventeen-year-olds can register to vote if they will turn 18 on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction, been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law, or be registered to vote in any other state.
  • To vote in an election, voters must have lived in Kentucky for at least 28 days prior to an election.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the Voter Information Center page of the Kentucky State Board of Elections website and entering their first name, last name, and date of birth.
  • To change a name or address, Kentucky residents must re-register to vote online or by filling out and submitting a paper registration form and mailing it to the State Board of Elections or to a resident's County Clerk office.
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Voter Registration-LA, ME, MD

The process of registration for the States of Louisiana, Maine, and Maryland is fairly similar, as elections are governed by federal law. However, the procedures differ slightly on the submission of registration forms and deadlines for registration. The details for each state are below.

Louisiana

  • Residents of Louisiana can register to vote online using the GeauxVote online registration system, by mailing a registration application to the local Registrar of Voters Office, or in-person at any Registrar of Voters Office.
  • A valid Louisiana driver's license, Louisiana special ID, birth certificate, or other documentation, which reasonably and sufficiently establishes the identity, age, and residency of the person is required to register to vote by any method. In the absence of the above documents, residents can provide a picture ID, a utility bill, payroll check, or government document that validate their identity.
  • Registration should be done at least 20 days before an election if registering through the online method or 30 days before an election if registering in person or by mail to be eligible to vote in that particular election.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the State of Louisiana, and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the Voter Portal page of the Louisiana Secretary of State website.
  • To change a name or address, Louisiana residents may update their registration online or by resubmitting a paper registration form to their Registrar of Voters Office.

Maine

  • Residents of Maine can register to vote in-person at a town office or city hall, through any motor vehicle branch office, in most state & federal social service agencies, or at voter registration drives. They can also register by mailing a registration application to a town office or city hall or Secretary of State's Office. An online option is not available for registration in Maine.
  • A valid Maine driver's license, Maine State ID, a utility bill, a bank statement, a paycheck stub, or a government document that confirms the name and address are required to register to vote by any method.
  • Maine residents may register to vote in person on the election day at their town office or city hall or 21 days before election day by mailing the application.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, residing in the state of Maine, and being at least 17 years of age for registration. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by contacting their local municipal election officials.
  • To change a name or address, Maine residents should update their registration by resubmitting a paper registration form to their town office or city hall.

Maryland

  • Residents of Maryland can register to vote online using Maryland's online voter registration system, by mailing a registration application, or in-person at a local board of elections or the State Board of Elections.
  • A valid Maryland driver's license, ID card, change of address card, a paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government documents, which reasonably establishes the identity and residency of the person is required to register to vote by any method.
  • Maryland residents may register to vote in person during early voting or on election day with proof of address or 21 days before election day through the online method or by mailing the application.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, residing in the state of Maryland, and being at least 16 years of age for registration. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the voter services website and entering their first name, last name, date of birth, and zip code.
  • To change a name or address, a Maryland resident can update their registration information online or by completing and resubmitting a registration form to the local board of elections.
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Voter Registration-MA, MI, MN

To register to vote in Massachusetts, one must be a citizen of the United States of America, be at least 16 years old, and a resident of Massachusetts. People in Massachusetts can register to vote online, by mail, or in-person. A Massachusetts state ID card or a driver's license is needed for online voter registration in the State. To register to vote in Michigan, one must be a United States of America citizen, be at least 18 years by election day, and a resident in the State for at least 30 days before election day. A voter in Michigan can visit the Michigan State's voting page to check the status of their voter registration. In Minnesota, a person can register to vote in-person at their polling station on election day as long as they take proof of residence with them. The registration deadline in Minnesota is 21 days before the election day or on election day at one's polling station. Detailed information is in the next section.

The Voter Registration Process For Massachusetts

How a Person Can Register to Vote

  • A resident in Massachusetts can register to vote online, by mail, or in-person. To register to vote online, one needs to have a signature on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Holders of a Massachusetts state ID card or a driver's license can use the online voter registration application to register and the online voter registration forms must be submitted by midnight on the voter registration deadline date.
  • Those that prefer to register to vote by mail or those that don't qualify to register to vote online can download a voter registration form, fill it, sign it, and deliver it to their local election official. The forms must be postmarked by the voter registration deadline.
  • Voter registration can also be done in-person by completing voter registration forms at any local election office, at the Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office, at various public assistance agencies, or when carrying out a transaction at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The completed forms are valid on the day that they are signed.

Required Documentation/Registration Deadlines

  • For any election or regular town meeting voter registration in Massachusetts, the deadline is 20 days before the meeting or election date. For a special town meeting, the deadline is 10 days before the day of the meeting.

Registration Requirements/Checking Status/Name and Address Change

  • To register to vote in Massachusetts, one must be at least 16 years old, a United States citizen, a resident of Massachusetts, and not currently be incarcerated as a result of a felony conviction. Those aged 16 or 17 are allowed to pre-register to vote and once they are 18 years and old enough to vote, they receive an acknowledgment notice from their local election office confirming that their name has been transferred from the pre-registrant's list to the registered voter's list.
  • Massachusetts residents can check the status of their voter registration online by going to the elections and voting page run by the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth office.
  • If one changes their address, they must fill out a new voter registration form to update their voter registration. If a change of address occurs after the deadline to register to vote in a primary or state election, updating of the voter registration must wait until after the primary or election date has expired. One should vote at their previous polling place in Massachusetts, which is allowed for up to six months after changing addresses, as long as the person is not registered to vote elsewhere.
  • A voter can change their name on their voter registration online here.

The Voter Registration Process For Michigan

How a Person Can Register to Vote

  • Those eligible to register to vote in Michigan can do so in several ways. They can register to vote in-person, in writing, or by mail. For in-person registration, application forms can be obtained online here, or at the local Secretary of State branch office, the township clerks, the local county, the city's office, offices of various state agencies, at military recruitment centers, and voter registration drives. The forms can be filled and send to the city or township clerk who processes the voter registration application.

Required Documentation/Registration Deadlines

  • People who want to register to vote within 14 days before an election are required to appear in-person at their township clerk or city's office and show proof of residency.
  • Those using other methods to register to vote must do so at least 15 days before the election day and don't need to provide proof of residency.
  • If one chooses to register to vote by mail and has never registered to vote before in Michigan, they must provide their identification card number or driver's license number where requested on the form. Alternatively, they can send a copy of their driver's license or personal ID card, or a photocopy of a utility bill, paycheck stub, government or bank document that lists both their name and address.

Registration Requirements/Checking Status/Name and Address Change

  • To register to vote in Michigan, one must be a citizen of the United States of America, be at least 18 years by election day, not be serving a prison or jail sentence, and a resident of the state and the town or city where the application is being made for at least 30 days before election day. Anyone who is in jail and awaiting trial or arraignment may register to vote.
  • A voter in Michigan can check the status of their voter registration by visiting the Michigan State's voting page. The Michigan city or township clerk also sends a voter registration card to the voter to confirm their voter registration after they have processed the application.
  • Under Michigan law, one must use the same address for driver's license and voter registration purposes. The Secretary of State in Michigan ensures that the applicant's driver's license or personal ID card address matches the residence address. If there is a change, the Secretary of State sends an address update sticker to the person registering to vote.
  • If one moves to a new township or city, they have to re-register to vote. However, if one is already registered to vote and moves within the township or city they live, they only need to update their address. One must also re-register if they change their name.

The Voter Registration Process For Minnesota

How a Person Can Register to Vote

  • A person can register to vote in-person at their polling station on election day as long as they take proof of residence with them.
  • One can also register in writing or by mail by filling an application form and sending it to the local election official or the Secretary of State’s Office.
  • Voter registration can also be done online here.
  • Students are advised to register to vote from the address they currently consider home. This could be a parent's house address or a school address.

Required Documentation/Registration Deadlines

  • The registration deadline in Minnesota is 21 days before the election day or on election day at one's polling station. For online registrations, the deadline is 11:59 p.m., 21 days before election day, while for paper registration, the deadline is 5 p.m., 21 days before the election day.
  • An email address, a Minnesota driver’s license/Minnesota identification card number, or the last four numbers of one's Social Security number are needed to register to vote online.
  • Proof of residence in Minnesota is required to register to vote in-person at a polling station on election day.

Registration Requirements/Checking Status/Name and Address Change

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Voter Registration-MS, MO, MT

The process for voter registration for the states of Mississippi, Missouri, and Montana is fairly similar as elections are governed by federal law. However, the procedures vary slightly in terms of where to submit the forms and deadlines for registration.

Mississippi

  • Residents of Mississippi can register to vote in person at the Circuit Clerk’s or Municipal Clerk’s Office. Residents can also use the mail-in registration by downloading " a voter registration form" from the state website and mailing the completed form to the Circuit Clerk.
  • The voter registration form must be completed and mailed to the circuit clerk "before 30 days prior to the date of the election." The state of Mississippi does not permit online voter registration.
  • To register to vote in Mississippi, residents must have a Mississippi driver’s license or social security number. Residents who do not have any of these two documents are required to provide a " Proof of identification."
  • A Proof of identification document could be a "current and valid photo ID, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government documents that show the name and address."
  • Residents of Mississippi can register to vote up to 30 days prior to the date of an election.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the state of Mississippi for a period of 30 days before election day, and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Additional requirements are residents must not have been convicted or declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.
  • Residents can check the status of their registration by visiting the y'all vote page of the Mississippi Secretary of State website and providing the required information.
  • To change a name or address, Mississippi residents can visit the y'all vote page of Mississippi Secretary of State website and provide the required information. Alternatively, residents can also use the Mississippi mail-in voter registration application form to make the required changes. The form must be mailed to the circuit clerk office at least 30 days prior to the date of an election.

Missouri

  • Residents of Missouri can register to vote online, by mail, or in person at the local county clerk office, drivers licensing office, or at a designated state agency such as Division of Family Services or Military Recruitment, among others.
  • To register to vote by any method, residents must provide their driver’s license number or social security number on the registration application form.
  • Proof of identity is also required at polling places on election day. A proof of identification includes valid photo identification, current utility bill, bank statement, among others.
  • The deadline to register to vote in Missouri is 27 days before election day.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the state of Missouri, and being at least 17 ½ years of age at the time of registration. Additionally, "residents must not be on probation or parole or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor connected with the right of suffrage." Also, residents must not be deemed to be incapacitated by a court of law or "confined under a sentence of imprisonment."
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the voter lookup page of the Missouri Secretary of State website and entering their county, first name, last name, date of birth, house number, and street name. Residents can also contact the county clerk to verify their voter registration status.
  • To change a name in the voter registration, Missouri residents must contact the election authority before an election or an election judge at their polling place. The election authority can then effect the change and a "new voter identification cards" will be issued. Residents are "allowed to vote at one election under the old name without changing their voter registration after notifying the election judges of the name change."
  • Missouri residents who moved to a new address within the county where they registered are permitted to update the records on election day at their new polling place or the central polling location. However, voters who move to a new county are required to fill out a new voter registration application.

Montana

  • Residents of Montana can register to vote by mail or in person. Registrations by mail must be postmarked 30 days before an election day. Residents who miss the registration deadline can still register to vote at their county election office "through close of polls on Election Day."
  • To register to vote in Montana, residents are required to provide their Montana driver’s license number or Montana motor vehicle division (MVD) ID number. Residents who do not possess either of the two documents can use the last 4 digits of their Social Security number to register.
  • Residents who have neither of the three can present a "current valid photo ID or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government documents that show name and current address."
  • The deadline for regular registration in Montana is 30 days before any election. However, residents who miss the registration deadline can still register to vote at their county election office.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the State of Montana for at least 30 days before the next election, and being at least 18 years of age on or before the election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the My Voter Status page of the Montana Secretary of State website and entering their first name, last name, and date of birth. Voters can also contact the county election office to verify their voter registration status.
  • To change a name or address, a Montana resident must re-register by filling out a new voter registration application form. Residents who relocate to a new county are also required to re-register in that county.



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Voter Registration-NE, NV, NH

The detailed processes for voter registration for the states of Nebraska, Nevada, and New Hampshire are provided by the offices of the Secretary of State. In Nebraska, no ID is required for in-person registration. In Nevada, individuals can preregister at 17 years. In New Hampshire, people who missed the registration deadline can still register to vote on election day.

Nebraska

  • A person can register to vote online, in person, or by mail in Nebraska.
  • A person registering newly in Nebraska through mail is required to provide their "current and valid photo ID, or utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government documents" issued within 60 days of the presentation date. The name and address on the document must be identical to those provided during the application for voter registration.
  • For online registration, applicants need their state-issued ID card or the Nebraska driver's license.
  • The voter registration deadline is the third Friday before an election for mail registration, the second Friday by 6 p.m. before an election for in-person registration, and the third Friday by 5 p.m. before an election for online registration.
  • Individuals can register to vote online or in-person during application for or renewal of their driver’s license at the State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and at several other agencies in the state such as the state Department of Health and Human Services and the State Department of Education.
  • A voter can check the status of their voter registration through this link or by calling 1-888-727-0007.
  • A voter can change their name or address on their voter registration by reregistering.

Nevada

  • A person can register to vote online, in person, or by mail in Nevada.
  • The required documentation is an ID or a driver's license issued by DMV.
  • The voter registration deadline is October 6, 2020, for mail registration; October 13, 2020, for in-person registration; and October 15, 2020, for online registration.
  • A person can do their voter registration at any office of the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, the registrar of voters or county clerk, social service agencies, and within college campuses.
  • A 17-year-old person can preregister and be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18.
  • A voter can check the status of their voter registration through this link.
  • A voter can change their name or address on their voter registration by submitting another application.

New Hampshire

  • In New Hampshire, a person can register to vote in person or by mail.
  • The required documentation is an ID and a proof of age, domicile, and citizenship.
  • The voter registration deadline is 6 to 13 days before an election day. The specific day is fixed by the Supervisors of the Checklist.
  • For people who miss the deadline, they can register to vote on election day if they are qualified.
  • Individuals are required to register at their city office or town's clerk, or at the polling unit on an election day.
  • A person who attends college in New Hampshire can register to vote.
  • A voter can check the status of their voter registration through this link.
  • A voter can change their name or address on their voter registration by using the same process of registration.
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Voter Registration-NJ, NM, NY

New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York all provide voter registration through in-person and by mail. New Jersey does not offer online registration process. To be considered eligible for registration, applicants must be citizens of the U.S., residents of their respective states and be at least 18 years.

New Jersey

Required Documentation

  • To be considered eligible to apply for voters registration, the individual must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of the county 30 days before the election date.
  • Be at least 17 years old to pre-register and 18 years to vote.
  • A potential voter must meet the I.D. requirements to register. The person must possess a New Jersey driver’s license number, MVC Non-driver ID number, social security number, valid I.D. document.
  • Must not be a convicted felon, serving parole or probation of an indictable offense under state or federal law.

Mail/In-Person Registration Process

  • For in-person registration, voters can obtain a registration application form from the New Jersey Division of Elections or the Commissioners of Registration office in the county of resident.
  • Registration forms are also available at the Division of Motor Vehicle offices , N.J. Medical Assistance & Health Services Program, Work First NJ Programs, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Armed Forces of the United States Recruitment Offices, Commission of the Blind & Visually Impaired, County Welfare Agency or County Board of Social Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and Office of Disability Services.
  • For the mail registration process, voters can download a registration application form, fill, and submit to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections in their county of residence.

Registration Deadline

  • The registration deadline is 21 days before the election day.

Change of Information

Registration Status Check

New Mexico

Required Documentation

Online Registration Process

Mail/In-Person Registration Process

  • For in-person registration, the New Mexico Certificate of Registration form is available at county clerk’s office, Office of the Secretary of State, Motor Vehicle Division offices, post office branches, libraries, city and town halls, and public assistance offices.
  • To register by mail, voters can download the voter registration form, fill, and submit to their local county clerk’s office.

Registration Deadline

  • The registration deadline is 28 days before an election date.

Change of Information

Registration Status Check

New York

  • New York provides online, in-person and by mail voters registration process.

Required Documentation

Online Registration Process

Mail/In-Person Registration Process

Registration Deadline

The registration deadline is 25 days before the primaries and general elections (May 31 – June 25)

Change of Information

Registration Status Check


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Voter Registration-NC, ND, OH

The process for voter registration for the states of North Carolina and Ohio is fairly similar as elections are governed by federal law. However, in North Dakota, voters are not required to register to vote. Details for each state has been provided below.

North Carolina

a) How to Register
  • Residents of North Carolina can register to vote by completing a paper voter registration form and mailing it to their county board of elections office.
  • There is no online voting but an online form that one has to complete and sign in ink and paper as electronic signatures are not acceptable.
b) Required Documentation to Register and Vote
  • Persons who are not registered in a county may register to vote during the one-stop early voting period known as the "Same-Day Registration".
  • One would be required to show their current name and address by providing a North Carolina driver’s license, a photo identification issued by a government agency, bank statement, a copy of current utility bill, paycheck, government check, or other government documents that shows the voter’s name and address.
  • They can also use a current college or university photo ID card paired with a current roster prepared by the college or university and is transmitted to the county board of elections office. This document lists all the students residing in the campus housing facilities.
  • On the paper registration form, the last four digits of a social security number can be used in place of a driver's license or ID card if a resident does not yet have one.
c) Registration Deadlines
  • The registration deadline is 25 days before an election.
d) Specific Registration Requirements
  • ​Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the state of North Carolina and being at least 18 years of age on or before the election day.
  • Sixten-year-olds can register to vote if they will turn 18 on or before the election day while residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
e) How Voters Can Check the Status of Their Voter Registration
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the North Carolina Voter Lookup Portal and entering their county, last name, date of birth, and driver's license or state ID number.
  • The North Carolina Voter Search Portal provides the details of the voter in terms of the name used, address used to register, party affiliation and other details.
f) How Voters Can Change Their Name or Address on Their Voter Registration
  • To change a name or address, a North Carolina resident can update their registration information by completing and resubmitting a paper registration form.
  • The updated form must be signed in ink and pen as electronic signatures are not allowed.

North Dakota

a) How to Register
  • Voting in North Dakota is made easy through absentee voting since voters are not required to register in order to vote.
  • Residents of North Dakota can obtain an absentee ballot by filling out an application online.
  • At the same time, residents can obtain the Absentee/Mail Ballot Application and mail it to their county auditor's office.
  • Another way to obtain Absentee/Mail Ballot Application in North Dakota is by requesting in person at their county auditor's office.
b) Required Documentation to Register and Vote
  • It is important to note that in North Dakota, voters are not required to register to vote but they need to produce a valid ID when voting either at the polling place, by absentee, or mail, in cases where one prefers to mark their ballot at home and submit before the election day.
  • The ID must include the name, current North Dakota residential address and date of birth.
  • Other acceptable forms of identification at the polling place include a valid North Dakota license, a valid North Dakota non-driver identification card, a Tribal government-issued identification that sets forth the tribal member's name, current North Dakota residential address, and date of birth.
  • One can also use the long-term care identification certificate provided by the North Dakota facility.
  • In cases where the individual's valid form of identification does not have information of residential address and date of birth, an individual may supplement the identification with a current bank statement, current utility bill, a check, or document issued by a federal, state, local or tribal government that set forths the name, date of birth, and current North Dakota residential address.
  • Those who vote by absentee or by mail need to provide a valid form of identification or a passport or military ID for those outside the United States, and an attester.
c) Registration Deadlines
d) Specific Registration Requirements
  • An eighteen-year-old or older citizen of the United States whose parent is an elector in North Dakota is a qualified voter, provided that the voter has not registered in any other state or territory of the US.
  • They use the North Dakota residential address of their parents and can vote through the entire absentee ballot for the residential address.
e) How Voters Can Check the Status of Their Voter Registration
  • Since there is no voter registration required in North Dakota, the absentee voter can verify their absentee ballot status through the absentee ballot verification portal.
f) How Voters Can Change Their Name or Address on Their Voter Registration
  • Voters can change their name or address in North Dakota by contacting the 911 Coordinator for their county to start the easy, quick, and free process.

Ohio

a) How to Register
  • In Ohio, residents can register to vote online, by mail, or in person.
  • The online application can be made through the portal and one can use it to register or update their information.
  • Should one choose to register by mail, then they need to access Ohio’s voter registration form and they may also use the National Mail voter registration form available on this website.
  • One can also request to be mailed a voter registration form by asking the county board of elections or the Secretary of State's office.
  • One may choose to register in person by obtaining the registration form from the office of the Secretary of State, the office of any of the 88 county boards of elections, the office of the registrar or any deputy registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, public libraries, public high schools or vocational schools and county treasurers' offices.
  • Offices of designated agencies such as The Department of Job and Family Services, The Department of Health (including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program), The Department of Mental Health, The Department of Developmental Disabilities, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and other state-assisted college or university for students with disabilities can also be used to register in person.
  • Applications that are completed on the paper form must be mailed to the county board of elections or the Secretary of State's office.
b) Required Documentation to Register and Vote
  • To register to vote by any method, a valid Ohio driver's license or non-operating ID card is required.
  • In the absence of a driver's license or ID card, residents can provide a birth certificate, passport, naturalization documents, or tribal certificate instead that will prove the identity of the voter.
  • They can also use a current and valid photo ID, a military ID, or a copy of a current utility bill (within the last 12 months), bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s current address and name.
c) Registration Deadlines
  • The deadline to register to vote in Ohio is the 30th day before the election.
  • However, should the registration deadline fall on a Sunday or a legal holiday, then the deadline is extended to the next day that is not a Sunday or a legal holiday.
d) Specific Registration Requirements
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the State of Ohio, and being at least 18 years of age on or before the election day.
  • Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
e) How Voters Can Check the Status of Their Voter Registration
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the Ohio Voter Toolkit Portal and entering their county, last name, date of birth, and driver's license or state ID number.
f) How Voters Can Change Their Name or Address on Their Voter Registration
  • To change a name or address, an Ohio resident can update their registration information online or by completing and resubmitting a paper registration form.
  • The updated form must be sent to the county board of elections or the Secretary of State's office.
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Voter Registration-OK, OR, PA

The process for voter registration for the states of Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania differs from state to state. Oregon is the pioneer in the vote-by-mail voting system. The voting registration requirements include being a resident of the specific county before the voter registration deadline and being of a certain age.

Oklahoma-Voter Registration Process

  • New voter registration applicants can avail of the voter registration forms at Oklahoma County Election Board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries, and many other public locations. The individuals can also get a voter registration application at the motor vehicles' registration office when they get their driver's license and when they apply for assistance at some government agencies. The other option is to download an application form.
  • Voter applicants would need to submit the completed registration form 25 days before Election Day in person to the state Election Board.
  • If one chooses to use the post office to send the voter registration application, the mail should be postmarked with a first-class postage stamp to the State Election Board.
  • For individual voter registration application forms completed at a tag agency either when you get your driver's license or when you apply for assistance at a government agency, the agency will mail the form to the State Election Board that should be postmarked 25 days before Election Day.
  • Oklahoma initiated the first phase of online voter registration in Sept 2018.
  • As of November 2019, this system is not yet active, hence only already-registered voters could update their information, including residential address, mailing address, or party affiliation online. New registration of voters must be completed and submitted by the paper registration form. A fully online voter registration system is expected in 2020.
  • When submitting a voter registration application, all applicants are required to sign and date the oath printed on the Oklahoma voter registration application form stating that they are eligible to vote and that all information provided is true. No additional documents are required for the registration to be processed.
  • If the applicant has an Oklahoma driver license or a social security number, then they are required to provide either the driver's license number or the last four digits of their social security number.
  • If the applicant does not have either, then they can indicate that they do not have either on their application. The state will accept the registration if they are otherwise eligible, regardless of whether you have an Oklahoma driver license or social security number.
  • Oklahoma requires voters to present identification while voting. Valid forms of identification include government-issued photo IDs such as Oklahoma driver's license, state identification card, a U.S. passport, military identification, and county election board voter identification cards.
  • Voters can present a document issued by the United States government, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government. The document must include the registered voter's name, photograph, and expiration date that is after the date of the election.
  • If the registered voter does not have proof of identity, they may only vote by provisional ballot. When they cast a provisional ballot, they will be required to fill out and sign an affidavit swearing or affirming that they are the person identified on the precinct voter registry.
  •  Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the State of Alabama, and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Those convicted of a felony regain their voting rights automatically after some time equivalent to the original sentence–including incarceration, parole, and probation–has passed, unless these individuals receive a pardon for their offenses.
  • Oklahoma does not practice automatic voter registration and also does not allow same-day voter registration.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the "Voter Information Search" page on the OK Voter Portal website. They need to enter their first name, last name, and date of birth to retrieve their information. They can also contact the Oklahoma State Election Board by phone or mail.
  • To change a name or address, already-registered Oklahoma voters could update their information, such as residential address (if it is in the same county as their previous address), mailing address, or party affiliation online.

Oregon-Voter Registration Process

  • New voter registrants can register online using MyVote. To register to vote online, they will need an Oregon driver's license, permit, or ID card number issued by the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV).
  • If you do not have an Oregon driver's license, permit, or ID card, the applicant can still use the online voter registration application. The information entered will display on a voter registration card (PDF document) that they will need to print, sign, and deliver to the county elections' office to complete the registration.
  • ​​The deadline to register is 21 days before Election Day. A new registrant must submit their online registration by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 21st calendar day before an election to be eligible to vote in that election.
  • An Oregon driver's license, permit, or ID card number issued by the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV), is required for voter registration. Oregon has a Vote- by- mail voting system for the past 20 yrs, hence there is no additional documentation required for voting.
  • Registered voters receive an official ballot to complete and insert into the security envelope, which is placed in the ballot return envelope and signed by the voter. The ballot return envelope can be stamped and mailed or dropped off at any official drop box​across the state.
  • If a voter casts their ballot after the Wednesday before an election, the ballot should be left at a Dropbox site to ensure it's counted. Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.​​​​​​​​
  •  Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the State of Oregon, and being at least 16 years of age on or before election day.
  • Oregon voters can check the status of their registration on the online portal" MyVote".
  • They can also view the voter registration information, update the voter registration information such as name, mailing address, or want to select or change their party affiliation. Name changes should be done using the paper registration form so that the election offices have a record of the voter's new signature.
  • The MyVote portal also provides information on the voter's ballot status, county elections' office contact information, elected officials' contact information, and ballot drop site locations.

Pennsylvania-Voter Registration Process

  • New Pennsylvanian voter registration applicants can submit online registration forms or by mail or in person at the Pennsylvania county voter registration office or at a PennDOT and some other government agencies.
  • New Pennsylvanian voter registration applicants can use the online voter registration form on their computer, Android tablet, iPad, or smartphone to register online
  • The online registration form is available in English and Spanish. Pennsylvania law allows you to sign electronically instead of by hand for the online voter registration form.
  • A Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card is essential to complete the voter registration process online. The voter registration applicant's signature on file at PennDOT will be sent to the county voter registration office, and become part of the voter record.
  • If the PennDOT number is not available, or if PennDOT cannot verify the information entered on the form, then the applicant has to provide a signature either by uploading a digital image of the applicant's signature to submit with the voter registration application form, or take a photograph of your signature in blue or black ink on white paper.
  • Other options are to request a signature form from the department of State, sign the form and mail it to the Pennsylvania county voter registration office. Print, sign, and mail the voter registration application to the Pennsylvania county voter registration office.
  • The signed application must either registered online, delivered to the county voter registration office, in person, or postmarked no later than the registration deadline or prior 30 days to the Election day.
  • For new voter registration applicants that are living in a rural area or are homeless who may not have a street address or a permanent residence, they need to print a blank voter registration application, use the map on the printed form to show where they live or spend most of their time, and mail it to the Pennsylvania county voter registration office.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the State of Pennsylvania, at least 30 days before the election day, and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day.
  • When submitting a voter registration application in Pennsylvania, no additional documents are required for the voter registration to be processed. The state confirms the applicant's citizenship and eligibility through the information provided on the registration form, such as the state-issued license/ID number, or the last 4 digits of the applicant's SSN.
  • First- time voter registration applicants, or first-time voters, in the Pennsylvania county precinct, will have to show an approved form of photo ID or a non-photo ID that includes the voter's name and address, at the polls when they vote.
  • Once the online registration application is submitted, the applicant will get an application tracking number. They can use the number to track their voter registration application status through the Find Voter Application Status form.
  • They can also check on the voter registration status by doing a Name Search or a PennDOT Driver’s License or PennDOT ID Search. The party affiliation and polling place address will be displayed.
  • Pennsylvania residents can use the online voter registration form to change their name, address, political party affiliation, and tell us whether you need assistance to vote.
  • Registered or New Voter registrations that have recently moved to Pennsylvania from another state must submit a new registration rather than a change of address.

Research Strategy

The process for voter registration for the states of Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania was readily available in the government policies and election policies of these specific states, and we have detailed them in our findings.
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Voter Registration-RI, SC, SD

The process for voter registration for the states of Rhode Island, South Carolina, and South Dakota is fairly similar as elections are governed by federal law. However, the procedures vary slightly in terms of where to submit the forms and deadlines for registration. The details for each state are below.

Rhode Island

  • Residents of Rhode Island can register to vote online or by completing a paper voter registration form and mailing it to the resident's Board of Canvassers.
  • First-time voter applicants in Rhode Island need a Rhode Island driver's license, ID card, passport, student ID, military ID, medical card, employee ID card, credit or debit card, health club ID, insurance plan ID, public housing ID, utility bill, bank statement, government-issued document, or tuition statement.
  • On election day, Rhode Island voters will need valid photo identification, which can include a driver's license, non-driver identification card, U.S. passport, student ID, state or federal employee ID, military ID, tribal ID, and others.
  • The deadline to register to vote in Rhode Island is 30 days prior to an election.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the state of Rhode Island and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds can register to vote as long as they turn 18 on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Rhode Island voters must live at their place of residence for at least 30 days before voting in a local election.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the View/Update My Voter Record page of the Rhode Island Secretary of State website and entering their first name, last name, birth date, and zip code.
  • To change a name or address, Rhode Island residents must update their voter record online or resubmit a paper voter registration form and mail it to the resident's Board of Canvassers.

South Carolina

  • Residents of South Carolina can register to vote online or complete a paper voter registration form and mailing, faxing, or emailing it to the resident's county board of voter registration office. They can also register to vote in person at their county board of voter registration office.
  • To register to vote, residents must have a valid South Carolina driver's license or DMV ID card.
  • On election day, a South Carolina voter will need to show a valid photo identification, which can include a driver's license, non-driver identification card, U.S. passport, student ID, state or federal employee ID, military ID, tribal ID, and others.
  • The deadline to register to vote in South Carolina is 30 days prior to an election.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the state of South Carolina and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the Voter Information Request page of the South Carolina Election Commission website and entering their county, first name, last name, and date of birth.
  • To change a name or address, South Carolina residents can update their information at any DMV office or online, or they can complete a paper voter registration form and mail, fax, or email it to the resident's county board of voter registration office.

South Dakota

  • Residents of South Dakota can only register to vote by completing a paper voter registration form and mailing it to the resident's County Auditor.
  • They can also register to vote in person at their County Auditor's office, a driver's license station, the City Finance Office, public assistance agencies, the Department of Human Services, or military recruitment offices.
  • A valid South Dakota driver's license or the last four digits of a resident's social security number are required to register to vote.
  • On election day, a South Dakota voter will need to show a valid photo identification, which can include a driver's license, non-driver identification card, U.S. passport, student ID, state or federal employee ID, military ID, tribal ID, and others.
  • The deadline to register to vote in South Dakota is 15 days prior to an election.
  • Specific voter registration requirements are being a citizen of the United States, living in the state of South Dakota and being at least 18 years of age on or before election day. Additionally, residents must not have been barred from voting due to a felony conviction or been deemed mentally incompetent in a court of law.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by visiting the Voter Information Portal page of the South Dakota Secretary of State website and entering their first name, last name, date of birth, or zip code.
  • To change a name or address, South Dakota residents must use the paper voter registration form and mail it to the resident's County Auditor.
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Voter Registration-TN, TX, UT

The voter registration process for the states of Tennessee, Texas, and Utah require that the registering individual be a citizen of the US. Other requirements and details are provided below.

1. TENNESSEE

REGISTRATION AND REQUIREMENTS
  • The process for voter registration in Tennessee begins by using the online voter registration application to register to vote. The individual is required to download and fill the voter registration application form, before mailing the application to their county election commission.
  • However, voters can pick up the voter registration applications physically at County Election Commission Offices, County Clerk's Offices, Public Libraries, and Register of Deeds Offices.
  • Voters can also register during a transaction with the "Department of Health (WIC program), Department of Human Services, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Mental Health, Department of Safety (motor vehicles division), and Department of Veteran's Affairs."
  • When registering to vote online, the individual will need to provide an ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. If that requirement cannot be met, voters can still register by filling out a paper form.
  • The county election commission will mail a voter registration card to the individual after they have accepted the application.
DEADLINES
  • A qualified voter must be properly registered at least 30 days before the date of the election.
VOTING AND REQUIREMENTS
  • When voting in person, individuals will need to provide a federal or Tennessee government-issued ID containing the voter's name and photograph.
  • To be eligible to vote, the individual must be a citizen of the US and must be or have turned 18 years before the election date. They must also be Tennessee residents.
  • Individuals who have been convicted of a crime might be eligible to vote depending on the crime committed and the date of conviction.
OTHER DETAILS
  • To check the status of the voter registration, individuals may use the GoVoteTN app or contact their local county election commission.
  • Voters can change their names or address on their voter registration via the online voter registration system and through the voter registration application.
  • "When updating one's address within the county, the form may be mailed, faxed, or emailed with an attached document, which includes a scanned signature or submitted in person to the local county election commission office. When updating one's name, the form must be mailed or taken to the local county election commission office. The form must be signed and received no later than five (5) days before the election to process the change."
  • An alternative method would be to write down any address change within the county, which would be submitted to a local county election commission office. The individual must do this at least five days prior to the election date.

2. TEXAS

REGISTRATION AND REQUIREMENTS
  • Individuals can register to vote in Texas by picking an online voter registration application, after which they would fill it and mail it to the voter registrar in their county of residence, or drop it at the Voter Registrar's office. They can also register in person at their county Voter Registrar's Office (For most counties in Texas, the Tax-Assessor-Collector is usually the Voter Registrar, and in others, the County Clerk or Elections Administrator does the registration).
  • Eligible individuals can also "register by mail by obtaining an application from your county Voter Registrar's office or pick up applications at libraries, government offices, or high schools. "They may also request a postage-paid application form from their voter registrar by filling a form, after which the registration application would be mailed to them.
  • "Voter registration applications are also available at many post offices, libraries, Texas Department of Public Safety offices, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission offices throughout the state."
  • When registering to vote in Texas, all individuals must be at least 17 years and ten months old on the day of application. They must also provide a Texas driver's license number or personal identification number issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. If those are not available, then they must provide the last four digits of their social security number, and if that is not available, it must be stated.
  • After the application, all individuals will be mailed a voter registration certificate within 30 days.
DEADLINES
  • All registration applications must be sent 30 days before the election date.
VOTING AND REQUIREMENTS
  • The individual must be a US citizen and must be a resident at the county where the application was submitted, to be eligible to vote.
  • The individual must also be at least 17 years and ten months old, and 18 years on the election day.
  • For those who have been convicted of a felony, might be eligible to vote depending on the nature of the crime and if they "have completed their sentence, are on probation, or parole."
  • "Applications must be received in the Voter Registrar's office or postmarked at least 30 days before an election for the applicant to be considered eligible to vote in that election."
  • When voting in person, voters are required to provide either a "Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), a Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS, a Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS, or a Texas Handgun License issued by DPS. Other documents include a United States Military Identification Card containing the person's photograph, United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person's photograph, and their United States Passport (book or card)."
  • However, supporting forms of ID are also acceptable.
OTHER DETAILS
  • Voters may confirm their registration status by using their Texas driver's license number if it was provided during the application or their Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), as well as their first and last name, to search here.
  • To change a voter's address within a county, the individual would have to prepare a written notification to the Voter Registrar of the county stating the change of address. If the new address is not within the county, the individual must re-register.
  • For a change of name, the voter would have to contact the Voter Registrar of their county by correcting the name at the back of the voter certificate and mailing it to the Voter Registrar. The person could also fill out a new voter registration application form and select the "change" box.
  • Also, the change can be made when changing one's Texas driver's license. Lastly, as long as the individual resides in the same county, a name change can be effected from the "Secretary of State's Voter Registration Name/Address Change website."

3. UTAH

REGISTRATION AND REQUIREMENTS
  • Registration to vote in Utah can take place online, mail-in form, in person, and by text.
  • Registration requires the use of the individual's Utah driver's license or state-issued ID.
  • "To affiliate as a Republican and be eligible to vote in Republican primaries: 30 days prior (for unregistered or Democratic affiliated voters — unaffiliated registered voters may affiliate as Republicans at a polling place to be eligible to vote in GOP primaries)"
  • In-person registration can take place at the county clerk's office of the county of residence, and several other government offices.
  • Registration by text requires the individual to text "VOTERISE" to 788-683.
DEADLINES
  • The registration requirements include that the individual must be a US citizen, be a Utah resident for at least 30 days before the election. They must be at least 18 years old on the election day, be residents of the districts or precincts where they register to vote, and use a driver's license or state ID listing their current address on file with the Driver License Division.
  • Online and in-person registrations have a one-week deadline prior to the election date, while the mail-in form registration has a 30 days deadline.
VOTING AND REQUIREMENTS
  • People who have been convicted of a felony "regain their right to vote when they have completed their sentence of incarceration, or are granted parole or probation."
  • Utah requires that voters present either "a valid Utah driver's license, a valid identification card that is issued by the state, a branch, department, or agency of the United States, valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon, or a valid United States passport. Other accepted means of identification include a valid United States military identification card, valid tribal identification card, Bureau of Indian Affairs card, or Tribal treaty card."
  • Individuals can also present other supporting documents.
OTHER DETAILS
  • Voters who have a current driver's license or state ID can update their registration here.
  • "The Utah Lieutenant Governor's office allows residents to check their voter registration status online by visiting this website."

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Voter Registration-VT, VA, WA

The processes for voter registration in Vermont, Virginia, and Washington all involve filling out a registration form either online, in person or by mailing it to the voter's county elections office. Voters in these three states must have US citizenship and must have attained the age of 18 by election day.

Vermont

  • Vermont voters can register in person, by mail or online.
  • To register for voting in Vermont, only a photocopy of an acceptable means of identification is required. These may be a valid driver's license, valid passport, recent utility bill, or a recent bank statement.
  • Only voters who registered by mail must show a valid means of identification before voting on the election day.
  • The election day is the registration deadline. People that register online the day before or on election day may need to fill another application on election day.
  • Voters must be at least 18 years old and be US citizens.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration by using the online status platform, or they can contact their town or city clerk.
  • Voters can change their name or address by informing the clerk in the town or city of residence.

Virginia

  • Virginia voters can register online using the voter registration portal, in person or by mail. The designated places for in-person registration include state government offices, public libraries and department of motor vehicle offices. They can also download application forms and mail the filled application to the stated address on the form.
  • Required documentation during the registration process is the voter's social security number. Applications that do not contain this are denied.
  • The voter must present an acceptable photo ID along on election day that may be a US passport, Virginia driver's license, employer-issued photo ID or a Virginia voter photo ID card.
  • The registration deadline to vote is 22 days before general and primary elections. However, the deadlines for special elections and elections called by the governor are 14 days and 7 days respectively.
  • Only residents of Virginia and US citizens can vote. They must also be at least 18 years old, not registered to vote in another state and have sound mental health. A court must have restored a voter's right to vote if there was a case of a previous felony conviction.
  • Voters can check the status of their registration online by checking the Virginia election portal, where they would input details such as name, date of birth, social security number (last 4 digits) and location.
  • Voters that want to change their names or addresses must send letters to the general registrar of the city or county where they live. The information required in the letter includes name, social security number, previous address, current address, and signature. Also, voters can do this by using the state's voter registration application form which may get to the local registration office of the voter by mail, fax or in-person delivery.

Washington

  • In Washington, voters can register either online, in person or by mailing to the voter's county elections office.
  • To register or vote, a voter must present a document to show residency, a current Washington state driver license or identification card.
  • For general and primary elections, the deadline for online and mail-in registrations is 8 days earlier than election day, while that of in-person registration is the election day. Special elections have strict deadlines for online and mail-in registrations. However, the deadline for in-person registration for new voters is 8 days before the election day.
  • Voters must be US citizens, resided legally in Washington state, and must have attained the age of 18 on election day. Also, voters must not have a Washington felony conviction or any court order disqualifying them from voting.
  • Voters can check their registration status via the VoteWA platform or by contacting the local election offices.
  • Voters can change their name or address online if they have the state's driver license or identification means.



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Voter Registration-WV, WI, WY

West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming all offer online, mail, and in-person voter registration. However, among these three states, only West Virginia registers voters automatically through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

West Virginia

  • In West Virginia, one can register online or in-person at the county clerk's office, or by obtaining the application form via email, which, when filled, should be returned to the office of the county clerk. Automatic voter registration is also done through the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Documentations that are required to vote can be non-photo and photo identification forms. Non-photo identification that one can use to vote in West Virginia include a "voter registration card, medicare or social security card, birth certificate, West Virginia fishing or hunting license, WV SNAP ID card, WV TANF Program ID Card, debit or bank card, bank statement or utility bill that has been issued within six months of the date of election, and a health insurance card."
  • The photo identification forms that one can use to vote include a student ID Card, driver's license issued by any state, concealed carry permit, passport, and any other document issued by the US government or the state of West Virginia that contains the voter's details.
  • West Virginia residents can register anytime. But, to qualify to vote in a specific election, one must register 21 days before that election.
  • Specific voter registration requirements include being a citizen of the United States and at least 17 years of age during registration and 18 years of age before the next general election. Also, being a resident at West Virginia for a minimum of 30 days before an election is a requirement. Notably, residents must not have been convicted of a felony or declared to be mentally unfit by a court.
  • Individuals can verify their voting status by filling and submitting an online form that is available on the West Virginia Secretary of State website. A voter can change their name or address by filling out another voter registration form.

Wisconsin

  • In Wisconsin, voter registration can be done online, in-person, and by completing an online registration form, which is then mailed to the municipal clerk. One can also register at the polls on the day of the election.
  • A person who wants to register as a voter must provide proof of residence in Wisconsin (e.g., utility bill or driver's license). To vote, one must present a valid photo ID such as their passport and driver's license.
  • When registering online and by mail, the deadline for registration is 20 days prior to the election, and when registering in-person, the deadline is the Friday before the election. However, there is also the opportunity to register on the day of the election at the polling station.
  • Specific voter registration requirements include being being at least 18 years old and being a current resident of Wisconsin for a minimum of ten days before the election.
  • One can check their voter registration status on the My Vote Wisconsin website where they get to fill their birth date and name. A voter has to submit a new voter registration to change their name and address.

Wyoming

  • To register as a voter, one must provide a valid US passport, an id card, or driver's license issued by any state, the federal government, or any local government agency. A military ID or Wyoming student ID is also accepted.
  • A person can also present two or more of these forms of identification: certification of United States citizenship, certificate of naturalization, voter registration card from another state or county, a US social security card, certificate of birth abroad presented by the Department of State, a US military draft record, birth certificate with an official seal, any other form of identification issued by any state or official US agency, or any government document bearing an individual's name and address.
  • To vote, a registered voter does not need to provide any form of identification at the polling station. In Wyoming, the deadline for voter registration is 14 days before the election, but individuals can still register on election day at their respective polling stations.
  • Specific voter registration requirements in Wyoming include being a citizen of the United States, resident of the State of Wyoming, and being at least 18 years of age. The individual must also be a resident of Wyoming and the precinct in which he/she registers.
  • Individuals can check the status of their voter registration by contacting their respective county clerks. The application form for voter registration can also be used to change their name and address, and the application process is similar to voter registration.
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  • "In order to register to vote online, you must have a signature on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles."
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  • "Though you must be 18 years old in order to vote, you may pre-register to vote once you are 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may submit a voter registration form to your local election official, who will then place your name on the list of pre-registrants."
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  • "Eligible citizens may become registered to vote in a variety of ways, at any time through Election Day."
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  • "If you have never registered to vote in Michigan and choose to mail in your application, you will need to meet an identification requirement."
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  • "Your city or township clerk will send you a voter registration card upon processing your application."
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  • "In Minnesota, you may register 21 days before Election Day or on Election Day at your polling place. "
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  • "To pre-register to vote at 17-years-old in Minnesota, you must be at least 18-years-old when the next election occurs. "