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MISS TEEN USA, HAILEY COLBORN 

WANTS YOU TO REGISTER TO VOTE

It's important for my generation to register to vote and show up because we have something to prove. We want to prove that we are paying attention, that we are serious about our future, and we're serious about being the generation that changes the world.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON VOTER REGISTRATION

Does my vote actually matter?

Yep, it definitely does! There are countless elections that have been decided by only a few votes. For example, a state election last year 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.


There will be close races all over the country, and at least 10 states have senate or gubernatorial (governor) elections “where youth are poised to have a disproportionately high electoral impact in 2018.” (You can also check out the top 50 races where young people are most likely to swing the election.)

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?


We don’t know, but we can definitely help you find out! Use our tools to find out if you’re registered, change your address, and more. 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 either 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 (November 6, 2018).  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 numbers of dates/months before Election Day:

Alaska: 90 days
Georgia: 6 months
Iowa: 6 months
Missouri: 6 months
Texas: 2 months

If you qualify under these rules, register now! If you’re not sure, you can check your state’s rules. And if you can’t vote this year, share this voter registration link with friends who can.

When are my elections?


There are hundreds of local elections in each state. Luckily, our friend Rock The Vote can send you reminders about when elections are coming up in your state or city.

Hailey Colborn, a 17-year-old student (proudly graduating with a 4.0) will attend Princeton University this fall concentrating on political studies. Following college, the Wichita native plans to pursue a career as a political strategist and hopes to run for office one day. This past summer, Hailey worked as a communications strategist on a local campaign for a city council candidate by planning media opportunities and debate prep, among other responsibilities. Hailey is passionate about civic engagement and shared during one of her on stage questions that if she were campaigning tonight, she would advocate for gun control and safer classrooms. As a classically trained ballet dancer for nearly fifteen years, Hailey still loves spending time onstage. She started a mentorship program, SelfPosi, where Hailey visits middle schools in her district as a mentor speaking to young women about the importance of self-love encouraged by her own experiences of feeling underrepresented in her dance studio growing up. The self-proclaimed book nerd enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs.

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