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You Will Need
- To be 18 on or before Election Day
- Absentee ballot application
Register to vote
You've got a candidate you love, you'll be 18 by Election Day, and you dig democracy. To make your political opinion official, you'll need to register to vote, so if you haven't already signed up, visit websites like fec.gov or rockthevote.com to find out how.
Investigate the requirements
In Georgia, your absentee ballot has to be in before the polls close; Iowa will let you vote 40 days before the election. Since each state has different rules, make sure you know which regulations apply to you by visiting your state’s election commission website, or sites like newvotersproject.org and declareyourself.com.
File the ballot application
In this awesome age of technology, almost every state has a downloadable ballot application form. Simply print out the application from your state's website and follow the submission instructions.
Complete the ballot
When you submit your application, you can select how you'd like to receive your absentee ballot -- through the mail, using a third party, or by one of the many other options. Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions, pick your candidate, and return it as indicated.