Vote in the 2020 presidential election

Make your voice heard. Vote in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Are you registered to vote? It’s easy – just visit Vote.gov to register. Every state has different voter registration rules, so it’s really important you know your state rules. If you’re not sure when the registration deadline is for your state, we’ve compiled a list of deadlines for each state at the end of this post.

How to register to vote

Register online

As of this year, online voter registration is available in 40 states. Online registration eliminates the paper process and replaces it with an internet site. Validation is done by comparing the information on the online registration form against the information provided on an individual’s driver’s license or other state-issued identification card.

Is online voter registration secure?

Yes. A driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number are required to complete voter registration. This information is confidential to the registrant. Plus, the website use other basic security measures to ensure the process runs smoothly and privately.

Register by mail

Download the National Mail Voter Registration Form.Complete the form by filling it out onscreen and print the completed form, or print the blank form and fill it. It’s important you sign the form before mailing it to the location listed for your state.

In person

Some states allow you to register in person before election day, and some even allow you to register in person the day of the election. To find out where you can register in person, you should check your state’s election website. We have included a link to the election website for each state in a table below.

When is the deadline to register?

Below is a list of the registration deadlines for each state, as well as a link to the voting information for each state so you can check your registration status, find your polling location, view sample ballots, and find more information about the rules that are specific to your state.

State Deadline Special Deadline Election Info
AlabamaOctober 19 Alabama voting resources
AlaskaOctober 4 Alaska voting resources
ArizonaOctober 5 Arizona voting resources
ArkansasOctober 5 Arkansas voting resources
CaliforniaOctober 19In person on election dayCalifornia voting resources
ColoradoOctober 26In person on election dayColorado voting resources
ConnecticutOctober 27In person on election dayConnecticut voting resources
DelawareOctober 10 Delaware voting resources
FloridaOctober 5 Florida voting resources
GeorgiaOctober 5 Georgia voting resources
HawaiiOctober 5In person on election dayHawaii voting resources
IdahoOctober 9In person on election dayIdaho voting resources
IllinoisOctober 6Online by October 18, in person on election dayIllinois voting resources
IndianaOctober 5 Indiana voting resources
IowaOctober 24In person on election dayIowa voting resources
KansasOctober 13 Kansas voting resources
KentuckyOctober 5 Kentucky voting resources
LouisianaOctober 5Online by October 13Louisiana voting resources
MaineOctober 13In person on election dayMaine voting resources
MarylandOctober 13In person on election dayMaryland voting resources
MassachusettsOctober 24 Massachusetts voting resources
MichiganOctober 19In person on election dayMichigan voting resources
MinnesotaOctober 13In person on election dayMinnesota voting resources
MississippiOctober 5 Mississippi voting resources
MissouriOctober 7 Missouri voting resources
MontanaOctober 26In person on election dayMontana voting resources
NebraskaOctober 16Online by October 23Nebraska voting resources
NevadaOctober 6Online by October 26; in person on election dayNevada voting resources
New HampshireOctober 21In person on election dayNew Hampshire voting resources
New JerseyOctober 13 New Jersey voting resources
New MexicoOctober 6In person by October 31New Mexico voting resources
New YorkOctober 9 New York voting resources
North CarolinaOctober 9In person from October 15-31North Carolina voting resources
North DakotaN/ANo voter registration process. Bring valid proof of ID and residencyNorth Dakota voting resources
OhioOctober 5 Ohio voting resources
OklahomaOctober 9 Oklahoma voting resources
OregonOctober 13 Oregon voting resources
PennsylvaniaOctober 19 Pennsylvania voting resources
Rhode IslandOctober 4In person on election dayRhode Island voting resources
South CarolinaOctober 5In person by October 2; online by October 4; by mail by October 5South Carolina voting resources
South DakotaOctober 19 South Dakota voting resources
TennesseeOctober 5 Tennessee voting resources
TexasOctober 5 Texas voting resources
UtahOctober 23In person on election dayUtah voting resources
VermontNovember 3In person on election dayVermont voting resources
VirginiaOctober 13 Virginia voting resources
WashingtonOctober 26In person on election dayWashington voting resources
Washington D.C.October 13In person on election dayWashington D.C. voting resources
West VirginiaOctober 13 West Virginia voting resources
WisconsinOctober 14In person by October 30; in person on election dayWisconsin voting resources
WyomingOctober 19In person on election dayWyoming voting resources

Visit usa.gov/voting for more voting and election resources.

If you are a voter looking for assistance regarding your registration, please contact your local election official. You can locate that information by visiting US Vote Foundation.


Are you looking for more election resources like voters’ guides, tips for voting as a college student, or learning how to vote in each state? You can find all that and more in our other blog post: 8 Steps to Take to Make Sure Your 2020 Election Vote Counts + Best Voting Resource Websites.

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