Prepared for Krish A. | Delivered December 4, 2019
To understand the process for registering to vote, checking voter registration, and changing the address on a voter's registration.
Who Can Vote/Cannot Vote
In order to vote in the U.S
., a person must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age, meet state/local residency requirements, and be registered by election day guidelines per state. Note that North Dakota does not require voter registration.
include non-citizens, those with some felony convicitons, and some who are mentally incapacitated.
U.S. citizens living in
may not vote in the Presidential general election.
Register to Vote
Voters can register
to vote online, through the mail, or in-person depending on state voter registration rules.
and the District of Columbia allow online voter registration through the state's online registration portal. In order to take advantage of online registration, most states require a state driver's license or a state issued ID. Validation occurs by comparing the information provided on the voter registration to the information on the state driver's license or state issued ID.
Voters can register to vote, make name changes, or address changes by using the
National Mail Voter Registration Form
. The form can be filled in online and then printed and mailed to the state election office. State specific instructions, including registration deadlines, are given at the bottom of the form. It is
accepted by all states
expect New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Wyoming.
can be done at state and local election offices, the department of motor vehicles, armed forces recruitment centers, and state assistance offices such as SNAP/TANF and WIC.
U.S. citizens living overseas or members of the military can register to vote or request an absentee ballot through the
Federal Voting Assistance Program
The legal voting age in the United States is 18, however many states allow voters to
preregister or register
to vote as early as age 16.
Verifying Voter Registration
Voter registration can be
through the NASS website, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, or state/local election office websites.
To verify registration on the NASS
Can I Vote
website, select voter registration and the state. Voter's will be redirected to their state Secretary of State website.
U.S. Election Assistance Commission
website, voters can select their state on the map or use the drop down menu and then select state election office website to be redirected. This site also provides upcoming key election dates.
Voters can also check registration status through their states website. The website can be found
Voter Identification Requirements
require some form of identification in order to vote.
The types of identification vary by state. There are
as of 2019 that require a photo identification.
In addition, states may have different identification requirements for
first time voters
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