PLEDGE TO VOTE!
Take the pledge to vote this November. When you pledge,
you’ll be entered for a chance at winning a $1,000 scholarship.
What do I need to do to be eligible to win the scholarship?
Pledge to vote by September 30 at 11:59PM EST and you will be entered in a drawing to win a $1,000 scholarship from DoSomething.org. The winner is not based on your voter registration status or if you registered to vote through DoSomething.org. Registering to vote does not count as an entry into the scholarship.
In October, we'll randomly pick the scholarship winner and announce it to the participants. Only residents and citizens of the US and Canada who are younger than 26 years old are eligible to win the scholarship. Official Scholarship Rules.
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 others, you may need to be a certain age to register even if you'll be 18 by Election Day.
In the following states, you can register starting these many days/months before your 18th birthday:
- 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.
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 Rock The Vote's tool 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.)
Is COVID-19 going to impact the election where I live?
Because we don’t know how long the outbreak will affect us, it’s safe to prepare for the possibility that your election will be affected. Some states, such as Ohio have postponed their primary elections. While others, such as Florida, chose to continue as planned. Many polling places have changed due to safety concerns and reduced staff and volunteers. As this situation is rapidly evolving, some of these changes are occurring late in the game. Check on the status of your elections.
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