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How to Register to Vote

Your right to vote isn't just a right. It's your solemn duty as an American citizen.


  • Step 1: Check convictions Make sure you've never been convicted of treason, felony, or bribery. If you have, you can't vote until your rights are restored by your state's Department of Corrections.
  • TIP: Go to the Election Assistance Commission's website for state-specific voter registration requirements, instructions, and an application form.
  • Step 2: Choose political party Decide which political party to join, based on which one you feel best represents your personal and social values, and worldview. You can also register to vote as an independent—with no party affiliation.
  • Step 3: Mail application Mail your completed application and supporting documentation—usually a photo ID and a pay stub or bank statement—to the address indicated for your state.
  • Step 4: Request absentee ballot If you know you are going to be away from your official home address on Election Day, request an absentee ballot from your local Board of Elections. Now when Election Day comes, you're ready to cast your vote—and make America a better place!
  • FACT: More than 30 countries have compulsory voting laws where failure to vote results in a fine.

You Will Need

  • To be 18 years of age on or before Election Day
  • And American citizenship
  • either by birth or naturalization

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