Questions on Voting
Some of you have asked us how to check if you are registered to vote, if you are eligible to vote, and where you can register to vote. Here are some links that may help you get back on track.
Am I registered to vote?
The National Association of Secretaries of State maintains a useful Web site that helps voters check their registration status, find their polling place, and know what kind of ID to bring, among other tips. Go to CanIVote.org for more details.
Am I eligible to register to vote?
You must be a citizen of the United States to register to vote. Residency requirements, age, and past felony conviction all affect your eligibility to register vote and rules vary by state. Check with your local or state election offices before attempting to register to vote.
The Brennan Center for Justice also offers research and information on “Voter Eligibility Issues,” including “Voting After Criminal Conviction,” “Student Voting,” “Military and Veteran Voting,” and “Voting After You Move.”
Some states allow 16- and 17-year-old citizens to preregister to vote so that they are automatically eligible to cast a ballot when they reach voting age. Check this list to see if your state permits preregistration.
Where can I register to vote?
You may fill out this online voter registration form, print it, stamp it, and send it to your state election official.
You may also visit a number of public offices to fill out a voter registration form, including:
• State or local voter registration and/or election offices
• The department of motor vehicles
• Public assistance agencies
• Armed services recruitment centers
• State-funded programs that serve people with disabilities
• Any public facility that a State has designated as a voter registration agency
Some states and one Nevada county allow you to fully register to vote online. Look for these forms on your state Web site if you live in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Clark County, Nevada.
For more information, see the Election Assistance Commission’s 2012 voter guide.