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How to Register Voters

Energize the democratic process by learning how to register voters in your community and you will strengthen your hometown's political voice, proving the power of the vote.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Learn the rules Learn your local, state, and national rules for how to register voters by contacting your city, township, or county clerk's office.
  • TIP: Failing to follow voter registration laws may result in disqualified votes.
  • Step 2: Obtain voter application forms Obtain voter application forms from local election officials, download them from state websites, or download the National Registration Form from the Federal Election Commission website.
  • Step 3: Develop an outreach plan Develop an outreach plan determining how you will register voters. Go door-to-door or set up a registration table at a popular gathering place.
  • TIP: Voter registration drives must be nonpartisan and focused only on the voting process.
  • Step 4: Know your deadline Know your registration deadlines which vary from 30 days before an election in Michigan, Texas, and other states, to 15 days prior to voting in California, and at the poll in other states.
  • TIP: Offer new voters information on where and when they can vote.
  • Step 5: Review completed applications Review completed applications, making sure all form questions are answered, and that the new voter has valid id, usually a drivers license or social security number.
  • Step 6: Deliver completed applications Deliver completed applications to the appropriate election official, complying with local rules to ensure the citizens' place on the voter roll and to secure their vote.
  • Step 7: Encourage self-registration Encourage self-registration by setting up a booth or table to provide potential voters computer access to registration sites. Now, stand tall knowing you have supported fellow citizens in gaining a political voice.
  • FACT: Wyoming became the first state to allow women the right to vote when the territory won statehood in 1890.

You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Voter registration forms
  • Outreach plan
  • Unregistered potential voters
  • Booth or table
  • Voting schedules and locations (optional)

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