The process for registering to vote can vary depending on your state, but generally, you can register to vote by:
Online: Many states allow you to register to vote online through the Secretary of State or local election office website. You may also register online using our registration tool.
By mail: You can also register to vote by mail by completing a voter registration form and mailing it to your local election office.
In person: Some states allow you to register to vote in person at your local election office, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), or other government agency.
To register to vote, you will typically need to provide personal information such as your name, address, date of birth, and proof of citizenship. It is recommended to check with your local election office for specific requirements in your state.
The requirements to vote can vary depending on your state, but generally, you will need to bring a valid form of identification, such as a driver's license, passport, or state-issued ID card. You may also be required to provide proof of residency, such as a utility bill or bank statement with your name and current address.
We recommend checking with your local election office for the specific requirements in your state.
Yes, many states offer voting by mail as an option, also known as absentee voting. This allows you to cast your vote via mail instead of in-person. The requirements for voting by mail vary by state, but most states require that you apply for a mail-in ballot in advance of the election, provide a valid reason for voting by mail, and return the completed ballot by a certain deadline.
We recommend checking with your local election office for the specific rules and requirements for voting by mail in your state. However, our absentee request tool allows you to request your absentee ballot directly from our website.
To find your polling place, you can:
- Use our polling place locator tool at the time of an election
Check your voter registration card: Your voter registration card will typically have the address of your polling place
Visit the website of your Secretary of State or local election office: You can find the location of your polling place on the website of your Secretary of State or local election office by entering your address or other personal information
Call your local election office: You can also call your local election office and they will be able to tell you the location of your polling place
It's important to note that polling places can sometimes change from election to election, so it's always a good idea to double-check the location of your polling place before each election.
Yes, early voting, also known as in-person absentee voting, is available in many states. Early voting allows you to cast your vote in person before Election Day at designated early voting locations. The dates and availability of early voting can vary depending on your state, so we recommendchecking with your local election office for specific information. Some states allow early voting for a limited period, while others allow it for several weeks leading up to Election Day. Early voting is a convenient option for those who may not be able to vote on Election Day, and it can also help reduce long lines and wait times at polling places on Election Day.
The deadlines for registering to vote and casting your ballot can vary depending on your state.
For voter registration, the deadlines are typically several weeks before the election. In some states, the deadline may be as early as 30 days before the election, while in others it may be as late as a few days before the election. We recommend checking with your local election office for the specific voter registration deadline in your state.
For casting your ballot, the deadlines can vary depending on whether you are voting by mail or in person. If you are voting by mail, the deadlines for requesting a mail-in ballot and returning it to your local election office are typically several weeks before the election. If you are voting in person, the deadlines for early voting and voting on Election Day will vary by state. Again, we recommend checking with your local election office for the specific voting deadlines in your state.
To find your local and state representatives, you can:
- Use our Find My Representatives tool to find all of your elected officials.
Visit the website of your Secretary of State or local election office: Many Secretary of State or local election office websites have a tool that allows you to search for your representatives based on your address or other personal information.
Use the website of the U.S. House of Representatives: You can use the "Find Your Representative" tool on the website of the U.S. House of Representatives to find the name and contact information for your U.S. Representative.
Contact your state or local government: You can also contact your state or local government for information about your representatives, as well as their contact information.
Once you have found your representatives, you can typically contact them via their official website or through their office. Most representatives have a contact form on their official website, or you can call their office and speak with a member of their staff. It's a good idea to check their website for the most up-to-date information on the best way to contact them.
If you experience any problems while voting, such as issues with your eligibility to vote, problems with the voting machines, or issues with the administration of the election, you should follow these steps:
Report the issue to a poll worker: If you have a problem at your polling place, you should immediately report it to a poll worker. They may be able to resolve the issue or direct you to the appropriate person for assistance.
Contact your local election office: If the issue cannot be resolved at the polling place, you should contact your local election office. They will be able to provide information on what steps to take next.
File a complaint with the Election Protection Hotline: You can also file a complaint with the Election Protection Hotline, a national, non-partisan organization that helps voters resolve issues at the polls. The Election Protection Hotline can be reached at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).
It's important to report any issues you experience while voting, as they can be used to improve the voting process in future elections. If you feel that your right to vote has been violated, you may want to contact an attorney or a voting rights organization for assistance.
To find more information on the candidates and issues on the ballot, you can:
Check your local election office website: Your local election office website may have information on the candidates and issues that will be on the ballot in your area, as well as other resources such as sample ballots and voting guides.
Use online voter guides: There are a number of online voter guides, such as Ballotpedia, Vote411, and the League of Women Voters, that provide information on candidates and issues for specific elections.
Research the candidates' websites: The official websites of the candidates running for office are a good source of information on their positions and qualifications.
Read local news sources: Your local newspaper, television news, and online news sources can provide coverage on the candidates and issues on the ballot in your area.
Attend candidate forums: Many candidates participate in candidate forums, debates, and town hall meetings, where you can learn more about their positions and ask questions.
It's important to research the candidates and issues on the ballot so that you can make an informed decision when you vote. By taking advantage of these resources, you can become more knowledgeable about the candidates and the issues that will be on the ballot in your area.