WHAT IS VOTER REGISTRATION?
Voter registration is the process whereby citizens register with election officials in order to become eligible to vote. In all states, except North Dakota, registering to vote is required in order to cast a ballot.
To be eligible to register to vote for a federal election, the individual must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the election; be a U.S. citizen; and be a resident of the jurisdiction where they are registering.
Voter registration methods vary by state and can include the following: registering in person at state government agency offices, online, by mail, and through voter registration drives sponsored by non-government entities. The laws vary by state so we suggest that you review your state election office’s website to determine your state registration requirements.
Under federal law, every state must allow residents to register to vote at least 30 days before Election Day, though many states extend the deadline to register.
WHERE SHOULD I REGISTER TO VOTE?
Before you can register to vote though, you need to know where you want to vote. As a college student, this is the only time in your life that you may have a choice about where to vote. You can register using your permanent address (home) or your local address (college). Every state has different laws so once you decide where you want to cast your ballot, you should follow that state’s rules.
Some things to take into consideration before making a decision of where to register to vote include:
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