What Are Some of the Different State's Laws on Voter Registration?


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Eligible voters must be U.S. citizens in order to register; however, state residency requirements vary, according to U.S. Elections. Florida residents must register at least 29 days prior to an election, while in California residents have until 15 days preceding an election.

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In Colorado, voters must be residents for 30 days prior to the election in order to register, according to U.S. Elections. In Connecticut, voters must be residents of the state and town in which they are voting but may register as late as one day prior to the election. State deadlines for registration may not exceed 30 days prior to a federal election, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Registration methods vary by state; however, under the National Voter Registration Act, states must offer registration through the Division of Motor Vehicles, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. States must also provide opportunities for voters to mail in a registration card or to register in person at certain local and state offices, such as public assistance and disability offices.

As of 2015, many states offer online registration, including California, Washington, Colorado, Virginia and Connecticut, according to Rock The Vote. Eligible citizens temporarily living abroad and active members of the military can register for an absentee ballot.

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