All you need to know about voter registration

All you need to know about voter registration

As we draw closer to the US general elections, we have compiled a quick guide to help you navigate through the process of registering to vote & answer the most frequent questions our users ask about voting on Papergov.

Here is a quick guide with some of the frequently asked questions with regards to voter registration, checking your registration status etc.

It may be pretty obvious for most, but to vote in a local, state, or national American election, you must be registered.

Who can register to vote

To register, you must be a citizen of the United States and 18 years old or older on election day. Individual states may have specific restrictions as well. You will need to update your voter registration each time you move to a new city, town, and/or state.

You can check the state-wise requirements and register to vote online here.

Is there a deadline to register to vote? 

The voter registration deadline depends on the state you reside in. It also depends on the way you to register to vote (online, application by mail or in-person visit to the city hall/county clerk's office). In some states, there is no deadline for voter registration if you do it in person & have been a resident of that city for a certain period of time.

If you decide to register to vote by mailing in an application or online, it is recommended that you do it at least 2-4 weeks in advance so that there are no surprises on the voting day. You can check the specific state deadlines by selecting a state here.

Is there any requirement on the residence to register to vote?

Yes, most counties and states require you to have been residing in the current place for a minimum period of time before you can register to vote. As mentioned earlier, you will need to update your voter registration whenever you move to a new city and/or state.

What sort of documents do I need to register to vote? 

You will need a government issued ID to be able to register to vote. In most cases, it could be a Drivers License issued by the state or a state issued ID. You might also need the last 4 digits of your SSN. You might also be required to show a proof of residence if it is different from the address that is shown on your ID.

If you have any specific questions with regards to registering to vote or checking for your voter registration, you can leave them to us on corresponding location page here, we will get back to you soon!

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