The Basics


How to Register to Vote

First of all, make sure that you are eligible to vote. Find this information on your state page here.

You must be 18 years at the time of the election to vote. But you can register to vote before you are 18 as long as the election falls after your 18th birthday.

Each state has some different rules – register using this form and follow the state-specific instructions in the PDF file.

National Voter Registration Form

Formulario Nacional de Inscripción de Votantes

How to Request an Absentee Ballot

Every state is different. All the requirements are linked to under your state’s heading. Click here to find out how to request your ballot.

I am in the military, how do I vote?

It is very important that the men and women fighting for this country also have their voice heard at the ballot box. Overseas military members can request a ballot through this form. (pdf)

I live abroad, is it the same absentee ballot process?

Yes, you use the same document as military members. This form.

I was previously convicted of a crime, can I vote?

If it was a misdemeanor, you can still vote in all states as long as you register to vote and follow all the normal procedures. If you have been convicted of a felony and have not had your record expunged, the following states do not allow you to vote even after the mandated prison term and parole period has been served:

  • Kentucky
  • Virginia

Other states have less strict rules, but almost all states ban current inmates from voting. To learn more about the rules in different states, click here.

I don’t know who to vote for

Well that’s the toughest decision you will face. Click here to find out more about the candidates running in your area. Click here and type in your zip code to find out who your representatives are.

And stay tuned to the blog for election updates and reminders!


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