How Do You Register to Vote?

How Do You Register to Vote?

How Do You Register to Vote?

To register to vote, first a person must meet the eligibility requirements. Once the requirements are met, a National Mail Voter Registration Form should be completed unless the person lives in one of the states that don't accept the form. Then, submit the application before the state's deadline.

  1. Meet the eligibility requirements

    To vote in the United States a person must be a U.S. Citizen. They also must be at least 18 years of age. Some states require a person to present specific identification when voting. To check a state's specific requirements, contact the state election office or visit the state's website.

  2. Fill out a voter registration form

    The National Mail Voter Registration form is accepted in all states except North Dakota and Wyoming. Each state has a specific address this form needs to be mailed to, which can be found on the form itself. Voter registration may also be done in person at some offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles, state voter assistance or election offices, and any state designated voter registration agency.

  3. Submit the application

    The application must be mailed to the state's designated location given on the registration form. Each state has a specific deadline for voter registration each year that the form must be mailed by. It varies in every state, but generally, it ranges from two weeks to a month before election day.