How to register to vote in every state

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The 2020 presidential election is quickly approaching. With fewer than 90 days until Nov. 3, it’s important to know how and when to register to vote. 

Each state has different requirements and deadlines, so pay close attention to your state’s specific rules to ensure you are properly registered to vote in the general election.

As you’ll see here, every state has different requirements, rules, and deadlines regarding voter registration. Follow your specific state’s rules closely to ensure that you are properly registered to vote.

Alabama

If you are an Alabama resident, you can easily register to vote online. The deadline to register in Alabama is 15 days before the election, so make sure you’ve completed your online registration by Oct. 19. You will need a valid Alabama driver’s license or Alabama non-driver identification card to register. 

To fill out an online voter registration for Alabama, simply follow this link.

Alaska

The deadline to register to vote in Alaska is 30 days before the election. If you are a resident of Alaska, make sure to register no later than Oct. 4. You can follow this link to quickly register online. You’ll need access to your state issued ID and your personal information, including your address and Social Security number. 

Arizona

All residents of Arizona can register to vote online. The deadline is 30 days before the election, so as long as you have completed the registration form by Oct. 4, you will be able to take part in the Nov. 3 presidential election. To vote online, you’ll need your valid Arizona ID. Furthermore, if you have been convicted of a felony in Arizona, your civil rights may have been restored and you may be able to cast your vote. 

To access the online voter registration form for Arizona, follow this link.

Arkansas

Arkansas residents do not have the option to register to vote online. Residents can visit their local county clerk, Department of Motor Vehicles, library, disability agency, or military recruitment center to obtain a registration form. Alternatively, you can follow this link to print, fill out, and mail your registration. 

The registration deadline in Arkansas is 30 days before the election, so residents have until October 4 to register. 

California

Californians must be registered to vote 15 days before the election. If a California resident has not registered to vote by October 19, they can still register for same day voter registration at their county’s election office or polling center. While they can register via mail or in person, California residents also have the option to register to vote online. Follow this link to make sure your vote will be counted on November 3. 

Colorado

Colorado does not have a deadline for in person registration, meaning a resident could register and vote on Election Day. However, if you are registering online or via mail, the deadline is October 26. To successfully register, make sure you have access to your valid Colorado ID and the last four digits of your Social Security number. 

Follow this link to register to vote in Colorado.

Connecticut

The deadline to register to vote in Connecticut is just 7 days before the election, so residents have until October 27. However, if registration is missed, Connecticut residents can visit their town’s Election Day Registration location to register and vote on November 3. 

To complete your Connecticut voter registration online, follow this link. Make sure you have access to your valid Connecticut ID and your Social Security number. 

Delaware

If you live in Delaware, you have until October 10 to register to vote in the November 3 election. Residents can choose to register in person, by mail, or online. Follow this link to access the online voter registration form for Delaware residents. You’ll need to have your valid Delaware ID on you in order to successfully register. 

District of Columbia

For those living in the nation’s capital, registering to vote is a streamlined process. You can register in person through election day, but if you register via mail or online, make sure to have it completed no later than October 13. 

If you would like to register online, follow this link. To ensure successful registration, make sure you have access to a valid District of Columbia ID or other proof of residence. 

Florida

Residents of Florida have until Oct. 5 to register for the 2020 election. Floridians can follow this link to apply online. All they will need is a valid Florida ID and their Social Security number.

Georgia

If you’re living in Georgia, you can register to vote anytime before Oct. 5. While you have the option to register in person or by mail, you also have the ability to register online by clicking on this link. You will need access to your valid Georgia driver’s license or other state issued ID, as well as your Social Security number. 

Hawaii

Hawaii residents can register to vote through Oct. 4. However, if the deadline is missed, they can still register on election day at their local polling booth. To register online, you’ll need a valid Hawaii ID and your Social Security number. If you’re ready to fill out your Hawaii Voter Registration, follow this link to do so online.

Idaho

Americans living in Idaho have until Oct. 9 to register to vote. Follow this link to register online anytime between Aug. 26 and Oct. 9. You’ll need your valid state issued ID and your personal information, including your date of birth and Social Security number.

Illinois

Residents of Illinois have options when choosing how to register to vote. If they choose to register in person, they must do so by Oct. 7 but if they choose to register online or via mail, they have until Oct. 18. To register to vote in Illinois online, follow this link. Make sure you have access to your valid Illinois ID number in addition to your personal information, including your Social Security number. 

Indiana

To be able to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election in Indiana, residents must be registered to vote no later than Oct. 5. To register online, follow this link and input your information including your valid Indiana ID, Social Security number, and date of birth. 

Iowa

Americans in Iowa have until Oct. 24 to register to vote. Click on this link to register online or to print out a voter registration form, fill it out, and mail it to the proper address as indicated on the form. To successfully register, make sure you have access to your valid Iowa ID and your Social Security number. 

Kansas

If you live in Kansas, you can easily register to vote online by following this link. To take part in the 2020 Presidential Election, you must be registered no later than Oct. 15. To register online, have access to your valid Kansas driver’s license or non-driver ID number, as well as your Social Security number and date of birth. 

Kentucky

Residents of Kentucky have until Oct. 5 to register to vote in the upcoming Presidential Election. Kentucky residents can follow this link to quickly register to vote online. Alternatively, they can follow this link to print an application, fill it out, and mail it to the proper address as indicated on the form. You’ll need your personal information, including your date of birth and Social Security number, as well as your valid state issued ID number. 

Louisiana

To register to vote in Louisiana, you must have successfully completed your registration by Oct. 4. You can register online by following this link, or you can register in person by visiting your Registrar of Voters Office, Medicaid office, food stamps office, Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, or a military recruitment center. To register, you must have access the four digit audit code printed on the front of your Louisiana driver’s license. 

Maine

There is no deadline to register to vote in Maine, so you could register to vote on Nov. 3 and cast your ballot on that same day. Maine does not offer residents to option of online voter registration. To register to vote in Maine, fill out a voter registration card at your local city hall, town office, Department of Motor Vehicles, or social services agency. Alternatively, you can follow this link to print the voter registration card and mail it to your local city hall. 

Maryland

Residents of Maryland have until Oct. 13 to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. You can register online by clicking this link or you can visit your local board of elections to register in person. You’ll need access to your valid Maryland ID number as well as your personal information, including your date of birth and Social Security number. 

Massachusetts

If you’re living in Massachusetts and planning on voting on November 3, you must be registered no later than Oct. 24. You can register in person at your local election office or online via this link. To successfully register, you will need your valid Massachusetts ID number, your Social Security number, and your date of birth. 

Michigan

Michigan residents can register to vote anytime before Oct. 19, or 15 days before the general election. However, you can still vote in person if you forgot to register by visiting your city or township clerk office. If you’d like to register online, follow this link. As long as you have access to your valid Michigan driver’s license or non-driver ID number, you will be all set. 

Minnesota

Americans living in Minnesota have until Oct. 13 to register, but if they forget to do so, they can still cast a ballot during the in-person absentee voting period on election day. Reach out to your local election board for more information regarding specific times. Minnesota residents can also register online via this link, as long as they have access to their valid Minnesota ID number as well as their Social Security number. 

Mississippi

Mississippi does not offer online voter registration, however residents can follow this link to print a voter registration form. Simply fill it out and mail it to the proper address as indicated on the form’s second page. The deadline to register to vote in Mississippi is 30 days before the election, so you’ll need to have this completed and postmarked by Oct. 4 at the latest. 

Missouri

Missouri residents can register to vote anytime before Oct. 7. As long as they have access to their valid Missouri ID number (as indicated on their driver’s license or non-driver identification card) and your Social Security number. Missourians can register online by following this link.

Montana

If you live in Montana, you can register to vote in person anytime through election day. If registering by mail, make sure it’s postmarked at least 30 days (Oct. 4) before the election. You cannot register to vote online in Montana, but you can print, fill out, and mail this form to the proper address indicated on the form. You can also register to vote in person by visiting your county election office on any weekday!

Nebraska

Residents of Nebraska have options when registering to vote. If registering in person, they must complete the registration by Oct. 23. However, if applying online or through the mail, it must be completed and postmarked by October 16 or earlier. As long as you have a valid Nebraska ID, you can register online by following this link.

Nevada

Americans living in Nevada can register to vote in person through election day. However, if they choose to register by mail, the deadline is 28 days before the election, so it will need to be postmarked Oct. 6 or earlier. If choosing to register online, Nevada residents have until Oct. 29. Make sure you have access to your Social Security number and valid Nevada ID number to ensure smooth registration.

New Hampshire

For those living in New Hampshire, you have the option to register to vote in person anytime through election day. You can also register via mail by printing, filling out, and mailing this form to your town or city clerk. Make sure it’s received between one and two weeks prior to the election to ensure your vote is counted. Unfortunately, New Hampshire does not offer online voter registration.

New Jersey

Residents of the Garden State do not have the option to register to vote online. New Jersey residents have until Oct. 13 to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. If you’re interested in filling out your registration via mail, follow this link to print the registration form. As long as you have access to your valid New Jersey ID number and the last four digits of your Social Security number, you should be able to register with ease

New Mexico

New Mexico residents can register to vote any time before Oct. 6. While they can register in person or through the mail, New Mexicans have the option to register online by following this link. All that is needed for successful registration is your date of birth, Social Security number, and a valid New Mexico ID number.

New York

To register to vote in New York, residents need a valid New York ID number, their Social Security number, their date of birth, and their zip code on record with the DMV. New Yorkers can register to vote online via this link but they also have the option to register in person at their county’s board of election office. 

Voter registration deadline in New York is Oct. 9, so make sure to register before then so your vote can be counted.

North Carolina

To ensure you are successfully registered to vote in North Carolina, make sure you have registered no later than Oct. 9. You can register online via this link. As long as you have access to your North Carolina state issues ID number and your Social Security number, you’ll be all set to register online!

North Dakota

North Dakota is the one state in this nation that does not require voters to register in advance. If you live in North Dakota and would like to vote in the Nov. 3 presidential election, simply bring a valid ID and proof of residency with you to the polls on election day.

Ohio

If you live in Ohio, you can register to vote any time before Oct. 4. The state has made it so resident can easily register online by following this link. All you will need is your Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number, name, date of birth, address, and the last four digits of your Social Security number. 

Oklahoma

The deadline to register to vote in Oklahoma is Oct. 9, or 25 days prior to the presidential election. Residents can register in person at their local county election board, post office, or library. Alternatively, Oklahoma residents can register to vote online via this link. You’ll need your state issued ID, as well as your Social Security number and your date of birth. 

Oregon

Residents of Oregon can register to vote in the upcoming election anytime before Oct. 13. Residents can find the Oregon voter registration card here. Simply print it, fill it out, and return it to your county elections office. Residents can also register to vote online via this link. You will need either your Oregon driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security  number. 

Pennsylvania

If you live in Pennsylvania and are planning to vote in the Nov. 3 election, you must register to vote by Oct. 19. Pennsylvanians have options when registering to vote. They can do so in person at their county’s voter registration office, by mail sent to their county’s voter registration office, or online via this link.

To successfully register to vote in Pennsylvania, residents will need their state issued ID number. 

Rhode Island

For a vote to be counted in Rhode Island, the resident should register to vote by Oct. 4. However, if they forget to register, they can still register in person on Nov. 3 at their local board of canvassers. To register online, Rhode Island residents should follow this link. As long as they have access to their valid state issued ID number, they will be able to successfully register. 

South Carolina

Residents of South Carolina can register to vote any time before Oct. 4. As long as the resident has access to their valid South Carolina driver’s license or state issued ID, they can easily register to vote. South Carolina residents can visit their county’s board of voter registration to register in person, or they can follow this link to register online. 

South Dakota

If you’re planning to vote in South Dakota, make sure you have successfully registered no later than Oct. 4. You can download, print, fill out, and male your voter registration form through this link. However, South Dakota does not offer online voter registration.

Tennessee

Registering to vote in Tennessee is incredibly easy. As long as the resident has access to state issued driver’s license or Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security ID number, they will be able to successfully register online via this link. To ensure they are able to vote in the presidential election, residents of Tennessee should be registered to vote no later than Oct. 4. 

Texas

Texas does not offer online voter registration. Texas residents looking to register can do so in person at their county’s voter registrar office. Alternatively, they can follow this link to fill out, print, and mail this form to the voter registrar office. As long as registration is completed by Oct. 4, the resident should be able to successfully vote in the Nov. 3 election. 

Utah

Residents of Utah can register in person or online anytime before Oct. 27 and be able to successfully vote in the presidential election. If registering by mail, make sure the registration is postmarked at least 30 days prior to election day. To register online, simply follow this link. As long as you have access to your state issued ID and your Social Security number, you’ll be set to vote. 

Vermont

If you live in Vermont, you can register at any point through election day. However, state officials recommend registering by the Friday before the election (in this case, October 30) to ensure an issue-free trip to the polls. You can register online via this link. Make sure you have your valid Vermont ID, utility bill, or current bank statement to show proof of residency. 

Virginia

Residents of Virginia must register to vote by Oct. 12. They can easily register online by following this link. As long as they have a state issued ID card, they will be able to successfully register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. 

Washington

If you live in Washington state, you can register to vote in person any time before Nov. 3. If you are registering via mail or online, make sure all forms are completed no later than Oct. 26. To gain access to the online registration, print a registration form to be mailed, or find where you can register in person, follow this link.

West Virginia

If planning on voting in the upcoming presidential election, residents of West Virginia must be successfully registered by Oct. 13. The state has made it easy to register to vote online via this link, although residents can also register in person or through the mail. As long as they have access to their valid West Virginia ID or driver’s license and the last four digits of their Social Security number, they will be able to successfully register online.

Wisconsin

Residents of Wisconsin can register to vote online anytime before Oct. 14 by following this link. If planning to register in person, Wisconsinites have until Oct. 30 to do so at their local municipal clerk’s office. No matter the method, Wisconsin residents will need proof of residency along with their state issued driver’s license number. 

Wyoming

Americans living in Wyoming can register to vote in the upcoming presidential election any time before Oct.20. Wyoming does not offer online registration and prefers its residents register in person. If you are unable to register at your local county clerk’s office, you can mail in your registration as long as it is properly notarized before it is mailed. To access the mail in application, follow this link. You will need a valid state issued ID to successfully register in Wyoming. 

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