FAQs ABOUT VOTER REGISTRATION
Does my vote actually matter?
Yes, it definitely does! There are countless elections that have been decided by only a few votes. For example, a state election in 2017 was tied, so the winner was selected by drawing names out of a hat. Literally. In a 2014 election in Louisiana, one race was decided by just 1%. Who pushed the winner over the top? Young people, who supported that candidate more than any other group.
One vote matters. *Your* vote matters. And together, our votes have the collective power to decide the future of the country we want to see.
Am I registered to vote?
Use our tools to check your registration status. You can also see if you need to change your address. Oh! And if you re-register, there’s no penalty. Better safe than sorry, right?
Can I register to vote without a driver's license?
Yes! You can register to vote using a driver’s license number or another non-driver ID number (for example, a state ID card). If you don’t have a driver’s license or haven’t been issued a non-driver state ID card, states will allow you to register using the last four digits of your social security number (SSN).
(The only exceptions are in the following states, where you should provide your full SSN: Hawaii, Kentucky, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.)
How do I vote if I’m at college in a different state?
You can register to vote for your home state or the state where you go to college. If you live in a dorm, you must put your physical dorm address on the form, and a PO box doesn’t count. (There’s a separate section on the form for you to include your mailing address, in case that’s different from your dorm address.)
I'm not 18, but I will be by Election Day. Can I still register to vote?
It depends on your state. In most states, YES. In all but a few states, you can register to vote if you’ll be 18 by Election Day. In the following states, you can only register if your 18th birthday is within a certain number of days or months before Election Day:
If you qualify under these rules, register now! If you’re not sure, you can check your state’s rules.
When are my elections?
There are hundreds of local elections in each state. Luckily, our friends at Rock the Vote will send you reminders about when elections are coming up in your state or city. Find your upcoming elections.
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