How to Register Online for Voting

by Andrea Ruiz

The Internet can be a powerful resource for researching political candidates and issues during elections. If you'd like to register to vote in local, state and federal elections and you are a United States citizen that will be at least 18 years of age on or before the day of elections, you can do so in person at a voter registration location in your area or, in most states, through the mail. You can also begin the voter registration process online in all 50 states, and in a handful of states, you can complete the entire process online.

Visit an officially sanctioned online voting registration website, such as Vote411 or Rock The Vote (links in Resources).

Click the link on the home page to register to vote.

Fill out the form completely, indicating whether you are registering for the first time or are registering due to an address or name change. Check the box confirming that you are a US citizen, provide all of your contact information, select your political party and ethnic/racial designation, then submit the form.

Download and print the completed registration form, sign it in the appropriate field and mail it to the voter registration office indicated on the form.

Tip

  • At the time of this writing, a few states allow you to complete the registration process online completely if you have a state-issued ID number such as a driver's license. Check your state's voter registration website to see if yours is one of the few states that allow this (link in Resources); the registration process is the same, except that once you enter your state-issued ID number, you can submit the form online without having to mail it.

Warnings

  • While you can prepare and complete your voter registration form online, the process will not be complete until you've signed and mailed it.
  • If this is your first time registering to vote, your state's voting officials may require you to present valid identification the first time you exercise your voting privileges, depending on the laws of the state in which you live. Valid identification includes a current state-issued identification card such as a driver's license, valid passport or utility bill in your name. These ID requirements may vary according to your location and you should contact your local election officials to verify.

About the Author

Andrea Ruiz has written professionally for blogs, online entertainment magazines and television network websites for more than a decade. Ruiz has also been a web and social media developer, Internet business consultant and computer programmer since 1999, and worked for four years as a professional community manager. Ruiz holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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