DemDaily: Democracy On The Ballot

September 25, 2018

Today is National Voter Registration Day and, with all that is at stake November 6th, we want to provide you with the tools, voter information and deadlines to cast your ballot in your state.

We are all paying the consequences for those who did not go to the polls in 2016.

Help take back our democracy. If you don't vote, you don't have a voice.

The Basics
In 49 States and the Territories, an eligible citizen must be registered to vote. North Dakota, which does not require voter registration ahead of an election, is the exception.

There are a number of ways to register to vote, in person, by mail or online at your local elections office, Department of Motor Vehicles or public assistance agencies. A citizen may also register through a third-party voter registration organization such as a political party or the League of Women Voters.

In most states there is a cutoff for registration somewhere between 3 and 30 days before the election, but 17 states and DC offer same day registration under specific circumstances.

To qualify to vote, you must be a US citizen, legal resident of the state where you are registered, and be 18 years old on or before election day. Depending on the state, court-ruled mental incompetency, a felony conviction or current incarceration may disqualify you. Citizens voting from abroad cast their ballots for candidates in the US state where they are registered.

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State By State Voter Registration Deadlines Prior To Election Day
State In-Person By Mail Online Election
Day Reg (SDR)
Alabama 15 Days before Election Day 15 Days before Election Day 15 Days before Election Day No
Alaska 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
American Samoa 30 Days 30 Days N/A No
Arizona 29 Days 29 Days 29 Days No
Arkansas 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
California 15 Days  15 Days  15 Days  Yes
Colorado Election Day 8 Days 8 Days Yes
Connecticut 7 Days 7 Days 7 Days Yes
Delaware 4th Saturday before election 4th Saturday before election 4th Saturday before election No
District of Columbia Election Day 21 Days 21 Days Yes
Florida 29 Days 29 Days 29 Days No
Georgia 5th Monday before election 5th Monday before election 5th Monday before election No
Guam 10 Days N/A N/A No
Hawaii 29 Days 29 Days 29 Days Yes
Idaho Election Day 25 Days 25 Days Yes
Illinois Election Day 28 Days 28 Days Yes
Indiana 29 Days 29 Days 29 Days No
Iowa 10 Days 15 Days 10 Days Yes
Kansas 21 Days 21 Days 21 Days No
Kentucky 29 Days 29 Days 29 Days No
Louisiana 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Maine Election Day 21 Days N/A Yes
Maryland  21 Days 21 Days 21 Days No
Massachusetts 20 Days 20 Days 20 Days No
Michigan 30 Days 30 Days N/A No
Minnesota  Election Day 21 Days 21 Days Yes
Mississippi 30 Days 30 Days N/A No
Missouri 4th Wednesday
before Election
4th Wednesday before Election 4th Wednesday before Election No
Montana Election Day 30 Days N/A Yes
Nebraska 2nd Friday before Election 3rd Friday before Election 3rd Friday before Election No
Nevada 21 Days 31 Days 21 Days No
New Hampshire Election Day 10 Days N/A Yes
New Jersey 21 Days 21 Days N/A No
New Mexico 28 Days 28 Days 28 Days No
New York 25 Days 25 Days 25 Days No
North Carolina 25 Days 25 Days N/A No
North Dakota No Registration Required No Registration Required No Registation Required No Registration 
Required
Northern Mariana Islands 60 Days 60 Days N/A No
Ohio 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Oklahoma 25 Days 25 Days N/A No
Oregon 21 Days 21 Days 21 Days No
Pennsylvania 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Puerto Rico 50 Days N/A N/A No
Rhode Island  30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
South Carolina 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
South Dakota 15 Days  15 Days  N/A No
Tennessee 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days No
Texas 30 Days 30 Days N/A No
Utah 7 Days 30 Days 7 Days Yes
Vermont Election Day Election Day Election Yes
Virgin Islands 30 Days N/A N/A No
Virginia 22 Days 22 Days 22 Days No
Washington 8 Days 29 Days 29 Days No
West Virginia 21 Days 21 Days 21 Days No
Wisconsin Election Day 20 Days 20 Days Yes
Wyoming Election Day 14 Days N/A Yes
*Dates vary by source. If there are updates or corrections, please let us know.
For Voting Abroad Information
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Kimberly Scott
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Sources:  National Council of State Legislators, Vote.org, DNC, VoteSmart

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