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
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.
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|
|Alabama||October 19||Alabama voting resources|
|Alaska||October 4||Alaska voting resources|
|Arizona||October 5||Arizona voting resources|
|Arkansas||October 5||Arkansas voting resources|
|California||October 19||In person on election day||California voting resources|
|Colorado||October 26||In person on election day||Colorado voting resources|
|Connecticut||October 27||In person on election day||Connecticut voting resources|
|Delaware||October 10||Delaware voting resources|
|Florida||October 5||Florida voting resources|
|Georgia||October 5||Georgia voting resources|
|Hawaii||October 5||In person on election day||Hawaii voting resources|
|Idaho||October 9||In person on election day||Idaho voting resources|
|Illinois||October 6||Online by October 18, in person on election day||Illinois voting resources|
|Indiana||October 5||Indiana voting resources|
|Iowa||October 24||In person on election day||Iowa voting resources|
|Kansas||October 13||Kansas voting resources|
|Kentucky||October 5||Kentucky voting resources|
|Louisiana||October 5||Online by October 13||Louisiana voting resources|
|Maine||October 13||In person on election day||Maine voting resources|
|Maryland||October 13||In person on election day||Maryland voting resources|
|Massachusetts||October 24||Massachusetts voting resources|
|Michigan||October 19||In person on election day||Michigan voting resources|
|Minnesota||October 13||In person on election day||Minnesota voting resources|
|Mississippi||October 5||Mississippi voting resources|
|Missouri||October 7||Missouri voting resources|
|Montana||October 26||In person on election day||Montana voting resources|
|Nebraska||October 16||Online by October 23||Nebraska voting resources|
|Nevada||October 6||Online by October 26; in person on election day||Nevada voting resources|
|New Hampshire||October 21||In person on election day||New Hampshire voting resources|
|New Jersey||October 13||New Jersey voting resources|
|New Mexico||October 6||In person by October 31||New Mexico voting resources|
|New York||October 9||New York voting resources|
|North Carolina||October 9||In person from October 15-31||North Carolina voting resources|
|North Dakota||N/A||No voter registration process. Bring valid proof of ID and residency||North Dakota voting resources|
|Ohio||October 5||Ohio voting resources|
|Oklahoma||October 9||Oklahoma voting resources|
|Oregon||October 13||Oregon voting resources|
|Pennsylvania||October 19||Pennsylvania voting resources|
|Rhode Island||October 4||In person on election day||Rhode Island voting resources|
|South Carolina||October 5||In person by October 2; online by October 4; by mail by October 5||South Carolina voting resources|
|South Dakota||October 19||South Dakota voting resources|
|Tennessee||October 5||Tennessee voting resources|
|Texas||October 5||Texas voting resources|
|Utah||October 23||In person on election day||Utah voting resources|
|Vermont||November 3||In person on election day||Vermont voting resources|
|Virginia||October 13||Virginia voting resources|
|Washington||October 26||In person on election day||Washington voting resources|
|Washington D.C.||October 13||In person on election day||Washington D.C. voting resources|
|West Virginia||October 13||West Virginia voting resources|
|Wisconsin||October 14||In person by October 30; in person on election day||Wisconsin voting resources|
|Wyoming||October 19||In person on election day||Wyoming 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.