To be eligible to register you must…
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Be 18 years old on or before the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote
- Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction (Ex-felons can usually register to vote if they completed their term of probation or parole)
- Each state may have additional voter eligibility requirements. Learn about your state's specific requirements.
What is absentee voting?
If you cannot get to your poll site on Election Day, you may qualify to vote by absentee ballot. You can vote by absentee ballot if you are temporarily or permanently ill/disabled, a member of the armed forces, or if you are out of town on Election Day, depending on your state’s absentee ballot qualifications. Requirements vary per state, but generally you have to request an application by mail a number of days before Election Day.
Voter’s Bill of Rights
Some states have enumerated specific rights that voters in their state are entitled to. Know your rights as a voter!