Voter Registration

In compliance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Education, Strayer University provides the following information on registering to vote. This information applies only to Strayer University students who are citizens of the United States. Information is provided in detail for the following states in which Strayer University has physical campuses. Click on a link below or scroll down for more information.

Information on registering to vote in other states may be found at the following websites:

In addition, most states allow registration using the national voter registration form developed by the Election Assistance Commission. This form, which contains mailing instructions and voter registration deadlines for the District of Columbia and all 50 states, may be found by clicking here.

Strayer University does not endorse any political party or candidate for political office.


Alabama

Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Division
http://www.sos.state.al.us/elections/default.aspx
Phone: (334) 242-7210

 

When is the next election?

Visit  http://www.sos.state.al.us/elections/2012/ElectionInfo2012.aspx  to see the 2012 elections in Alabama.

How do I register to vote?

You must be a U.S. citizen, AL resident and at least 18 years old by Election Day to be eligible to vote in addition to other requirements. To register, print out a form from the Alabama Secretary of State and mail it to either your County Board of Voter Registration or to the Secretary of State Office at:

Office of the Secretary of State
Elections Division
PO Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103

Additional information regarding voter qualifications along with voter deadlines and other ways to obtain a voter registration application can be found here.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

Voter registration is closed ten days prior to an election. I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

Call your County Board of Registrars. Phone numbers for the Board of Registrar's can be found on the third page of the registration form located here.

You can also call the Secretary of State's office at (334) 242-7210, or check your voter registration status online by clicking here.

Additional Voter Information

Go to http://www.sos.state.al.us/elections/VoterReg.aspx for additional information regarding voter information.

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Arkansas

Arkansas Secretary of State – Elections Division
http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections.html
Phone: (501) 682-5070 or (800) 482-1127
E-mail: electionsemail@sos.arkansas.gov

 

Please click here to see 2012 Election Calendar.

Voters Registration Requirements. To register to vote in Arkansas, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be an Arkansas resident (residing in Arkansas at least 31 days prior to the first election in which you will vote).
  • Be age 18 or turn 18 on or before the next election.
  • Not be a convicted felon whose sentence has not been discharged or pardoned.
  • Not be presently adjudged as mentally incompetent as to your ability to vote by a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • Not be registered elsewhere - in another county in Arkansas or another state.

Register to vote at:

  • County clerk's office in your home county
  • State Revenue Office, Driver Services (pick up a paper form or ask for your information to be transmitted electronically)
  • Public library or Arkansas State Library
  • Public assistance agency
  • Disability agency
  • Military recruitment office
  • Arkansas National Guard
  • Voter Registration Drive (PDF)

Or by mail at:

  • Your county clerk
  • Secretary of Elections Division: 1-800-247-3312
  • Arkansas Secretary of State

If you are registering to vote by mail:

You must provide either your driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your Arkansas Voter Registration Application, or check the box in #7 on the application to indicate that you do not possess either a driver's license or Social Security number.

If you check the box indicating that you do not possess either a driver's license or Social Security number, you may be required to vote a Provisional Ballot when you vote for the first time unless you submit a photocopy of one of the following with your mail-in application or at the time of voting:

  • Current and valid photo identification
    OR
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or
    paycheck that shows your name and address
    OR
  • Another government document that shows your name and address

Voters Registration Deadlines:

  • You must submit your application to an official voter registration agency or mail it no later than 30 days prior to an election in which you wish to vote. The postmark on a mail-in application will be considered the submission date.
  • If you completed your application at a voter registration drive, the organizers must submit it to the county clerk or Secretary of State's office within 21 days of the date on the application or no later than 30 days prior to the next election.
  • If you submit your application close to an election registration deadline, you are strongly advised to follow up on your registration status with your county clerk before Election Day.
  • If an election deadline is looming, there is one method of application that will ensure your eligibility: apply in person with your county clerk.
  • If you have not received verification from your county clerk, be sure to confirm your registration BEFORE Election Day.

Special Registration Issues: If you are a college student attending college OUTSIDE of your home county:

You must decide which county you consider "home." If you intend to return to live in your home county, then list your parents' address as your residence. If you do NOT intend to return there, then list your college address as your residence. Remember: you must keep your residence address CURRENT on your voter registration. This requirement often persuades college students to use their parents' address, which may be less likely to change repeatedly.

For more information and other special registration issues, please see the AR Secretary of State Web site at: http://www.votenaturally.org/registration.html

How Do I Know I'm Registered?

  • Consider yourself registered when - and only when - you receive an acknowledgment from your county clerk. This could take several weeks, regardless of your method of application.
  • Never assume you are registered to vote until you have received this acknowledgment.
  • Call your county clerk after two weeks and inquire about the status of your application.
  • Check your voter registration status online by visiting www.voterview.org.

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Delaware

Commissioner of Elections
http://elections.delaware.gov/
Phone: 302-739-4277

 

When is the next election?

Please go to: http://elections.delaware.gov/ for more information.

How do I register to vote?

You must be a U.S. citizen, a Delaware resident (proof required), mentally competent and at least 18 years old by election day to be eligible to vote in addition to other requirements. You may register to vote via phone or in person. Please go to this site for additional information on how to register. Another method of registering is online.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote prior to a General or Primary Election is the fourth Saturday before the day of the election. Please see our Web site for all election deadlines.

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

http://pollingplace.delaware.gov/

You can find out if you are registered to vote by contacting your county Dept. of Elections or the Commissioner of Elections office. To be eligible to vote in the State of Delaware, you must be:

  • United States Citizen
  • Resident of Delaware (proof required)
  • 18 years of age
  • Mentally competent

For more information on voting in Delaware, visit the elections Web site.

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District of Columbia

District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics
http://www.dcboee.org
Phone: (202) 727-2525

 

How do I register to vote?

You must be a U.S. citizen, a DC resident and at least 18 years old by election day to be eligible to vote in addition to other requirements. To register, print out a form from the DCBOEE Web site and mail it to DCBOEE at:

441 4th Street NW
Room 250-North
Washington, D.C. 20001

What is the deadline to register to vote?

The registration form must be postmarked by 30 days prior to the election in order to be eligible to vote.

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

To check your voter registration, visit the DCBOEE Web site. You can also call the DCBOEE office at (202) 727-2525.

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Florida

Florida Department of State, Division of Elections
http://election.dos.state.fl.us/index.shtml
Phone: (850) 245-6200

 

In order to register to vote, a person must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America.
  • Be a Florida resident.
  • Be 18 years old (you may pre-register if you are 17).
  • Not now be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state.
  • Not have been convicted of a felony without your civil rights having been restored.
  • Register in accordance with the Florida Election Code.

How do I register to vote?

If you are a citizen of the United States of America, a Florida resident, 18 years old (you may pre-register if you are 17), not now adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state, not have been convicted of a felony without your civil rights having been restored, you can complete a voter registration application by clicking here. Sign it and return it to your local supervisor of election. You can locate your county supervisor of elections on this Web site and click on the link to your county.

You can apply to register to vote at any time. However, to vote in an election, you must be registered in the state by the book closing date, which is normally the 29th day before an election.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

To vote in an election, you must be registered in the state by the book closing date, which is normally the 29th day before an election (So, you must register 30 days prior to an election).

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

Call your county supervisor of election office for more information. You can locate your county registration office by clicking here.

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Georgia

Georgia Secretary of State, Elections Division
http://www.sos.state.ga.us/elections/
Phone: (404) 656-2871

 

When the next election?

Election dates and registration deadline information can be found on the Georgia Secretary of State Web site.

How do I register to vote?

You must be a U.S. citizen, a Georgia resident and at least 18 years old by election day to be eligible to vote in addition to other requirements.

Voter registration is done at the county level. Call your county registrar to find out how to register to vote.

You can also download and print a Voter Registration Form from the Georgia Secretary of State Web site and mail it to the address indicated on the Web site.

Additional voter registration information can be found on the Georgia Secretary of State's Web site.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

The fifth Monday before any general primary, general election, or presidential preference primary or regularly scheduled special election pursuant to the Georgia Election Code. Voter Registration deadlines regarding elections held in 2012 can be found by clicking here.

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

Call your county registration office for more information. Voter Registration information can be accessed on the Georgia Secretary of State's Web site.

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Illinois

Board of Elections
Springfield Office
1020 S. Spring St.
Springfield, IL 62704

Phone: 217-782-4141
Fax: 217-782-5959
http://www.elections.state.il.us/Default.aspx

 

When is the next election?

The next general election is on November 6, 2012.

How do I register to vote?

To be eligible to vote, you must be a US citizen; must be at least 18 years of age by Election Day; and must have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.  Please see the document “Registering to Vote in Illinois” for basic information.  Citizens must complete the “Voter Registration Application” to register. 

What is the deadline to register to vote?

The deadline to register is 27 days before an election and two days after an election (one day in Chicago).

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

To search your voter registration status, search on the State Board of Elections website.

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Indiana

Secretary of State
Elections Division
302 West Washington Street
Room E-204
Indianapolis, IN 46204

(317) 232-3939
http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2404.htm

 

When is the next election?

The next general election is on November 6, 2012.

How do I register to vote?

You can register online using the state’s online form or you may download a printout form.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

29 days before the next election.

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

To verify your registration status, search Secretary of State's search function.

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Kentucky

Kentucky State Board of Elections
http://www.elect.ky.gov
Phone: (502) 573-7100

When is the next election?

Please see the KY  Election Calendar.

How do I register to vote?

To register you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen and a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days.
  • Be at least 18 years old by the date of the next general election (if you will be 18 by the November general election, you are eligible to vote in the prior May primary election).
  • Not be a convicted felon or, if convicted of a felony offense, you must have had your civil rights restored. Contact your local parole office to obtain an application for restoration of civil rights.
  • Not have been judged "mentally incompetent" in a court of law.
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.
  • Obtain a copy of the Voter Registration card.
  • Please mail the completed voter registration card to your local county clerk. County clerks’ addresses are provided at http://www.elect.ky.gov/countyclerks.htm
  • Or, register in person at any of the following locations:
    • County Clerks Office
    • Driver's license office, if applicable
    • K-TAP
    • Food Stamp
    • Medicaid
    • WIC, and state-funded offices serving those with disabilities, if you are a client of these offices
    • Armed forces recruitment offices, if applicable
    • High schools, if you are a student or staff member

Please visit the Voter Information Guide for more information regarding KY voter registration.

What is the deadline to register to vote in the Primary Elections?

The completed voter registration card must be mailed or returned at least 28 days prior to the election.

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

The KY Voter Information Center can provide information on voter registration status, polling place and legislators. Please visit their Web site or contact your county clerks' office for more information. You can locate your county clerk's office online.

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Louisiana

Louisiana Secretary of State, Elections Division
Phone: 1-800-883-2805 or (225) 922-0900
http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/68/Default.aspx

 

Qualifications to Register to Vote

To register to vote in Louisiana, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 17 years old but must be 18 years old prior to next election to vote
  • Not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony
  • Not be under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights
  • Reside in the state and parish in which you seek to register

How do I register to vote? 

Apply in person to register to vote at any Registrar of Voters office or any of the following sites:

  • Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicle offices
  • Louisiana Department of Social Services offices and WIC offices, Food Stamp offices, and Medicaid offices
  • Offices serving persons with disabilities, such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living offices
  • Armed Forces Recruitment offices

Apply by mail by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application form completing it and returning it to your local Registrar of Voters office. Please note that the list of Registrar Offices is included on the form. You may also get the mailing address from this list of Registrar of Voters offices.  

When must I register to vote before an election?

Louisiana statutes require you to be registered 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that particular election.

What do I need to bring with me to register to vote?

If registering in person at a parish Registrar of Voters office, you are required to prove age, residency, and identity. You may submit your current Louisiana driver's license, birth certificate or other documentation which reasonably and sufficiently establishes your identity, age and residency.

If registering at a mandated site, no further proof of identification is required other than whatever proof is required for services received that you have applied for. Louisiana mails a verification mailing card to verify the address you have provided when registering by mail.

When is the next election?

The schedule of elections can be found here

Where do I go to vote?

Use the Louisiana Voter Polling Place Locator to find where you vote on election day, or call your parish Registrar of Voters office. Your voter identification card received by mail lists your polling place. Please pay special attention to make sure you go to the correct polling place.

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Maryland

Maryland State Board of Elections
Phone: (410) 269-2840 OR (800) 222-8683
http://www.elections.state.md.us/

Qualifications to Register to Vote

To register to vote in Maryland, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a Maryland resident
  • Be at least 18 years old by the next Election
  • Not be under guardianship for mental disability
  • Not have been convicted of buying or selling votes
  • Not have been convicted more than once of a crime of violence (Criminal Law Art. 14-101)
  • Not have been convicted of an infamous crime (any felony or crime involving an element of deceit, fraud, or corruption) unless:
    1. you have been pardoned, or
    2. you have completed the court-imposed sentence* (first conviction), or
    3. at least 3 years has passed since you completed the court-imposed sentence* (second or later conviction).

The court-imposed sentence includes probation, parole, community service, restitutions, and fines.

If you are not certain if you qualify contact the local board of election where you live or the State Board of Elections.

The Voter Registration Application is available at http://www.elections.state.md.us/voter_registration/application.html.

How do I register to vote?

Voter registration applications are available at the Motor Vehicle Administration, Social Services Offices, Post Offices and Libraries. You may contact the local board of elections where you live to request an application, call the State Board of Elections at 410-269-2840 or download a voter registration application from the State Board Web site.

Once you have completed the application, send it to the local board of elections office for processing. You are considered a registered voter when you receive your Voter Notification Card from your local board of elections. If you do not receive your card within three weeks after you submit your application, you should contact the local board of elections. The address and telephone numbers can be found at www.elections.state.md.us/about/county_boards.html.

When is the next election?

View the 2012 Election Calendar.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

The registration deadline is 9:00 p.m. 21 days before the election.

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Minnesota

Minnesota Secretary of State, Election & Voting
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=4

Registering to Vote

Before you can vote, you must register. In Minnesota, you may register at least 21 days before Election Day or on Election Day at your polling place.

Your registration remains current until you move, change your name, or do not vote for four consecutive years. You may update your registration information by completing another Voter Registration Application.

  • will be at least 18-years-old on Election Day
  • are a citizen of the United States
  • will have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
  • have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed
  • are not under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
  • have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

When is the next election?

The next general election is November 6, 2012.

Voter's Bill of Rights

For all persons residing in this state who meet federal voting eligibility requirements: You have the right to be absent from work for the purpose of voting without reduction to your pay, personal leave, or vacation time on election day for the time necessary to appear at your polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work.

  1. If you are in line at your polling place any time before 8:00 p.m., you have the right to vote.
  2. If you can provide the required proof of residence, you have the right to register to vote and to vote on Election Day.
  3. If you are unable to sign your name, you have the right to orally confirm your identity with an election judge and to direct another person to sign your name for you.
  4. You have the right to request special assistance when voting.
  5. If you need assistance, you may be accompanied into the voting booth by a person of your choice, except by an agent of your employer or union or a candidate.
  6. You have the right to bring your minor children into the polling place and into the voting booth with you.
  7. If you have been convicted of a felony but your felony sentence has expired (been completed) or you have been discharged from your sentence, you have the right to vote.
  8. If you are under a guardianship, you have the right to vote, unless the court order revokes your right to vote.
  9. You have the right to vote without anyone in the polling place trying to influence your vote.
  10. If you make a mistake or spoil your ballot before it is submitted, you have the right to receive a replacement ballot and vote.
  11. You have the right to file a written complaint at your polling place if you are dissatisfied with the way an election is being run.
  12. You have the right to take a sample ballot into the voting booth with you.
  13. You have the right to take a copy of this Voter's Bill of Rights into the voting booth with you.

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Mississippi

Mississippi Secretary of State, Elections Division
Phone: 1-800-829-6786
http://www.sos.ms.gov/elections.aspx

 

Qualifications to Register to Vote

  • Every U.S. citizen who possesses the following qualifications is entitled to register to vote in Mississippi:
  • A resident of Mississippi and the county, city, or town for 30 days prior to the election;
  • At least 18 years old (or will be by the date of the next General Election);
  • Not declared mentally incompetent by a court;
  • Not convicted of any crime listed in Section 241 of the Mississippi Constitution or any crime interpreted by the Attorney General’s Office as applicable, unless having been pardoned or had rights of citizenship restored by Governor, or had suffrage restored by the Legislature.

Once you are registered, you remain registered until you no longer meet one of the qualifications to vote.

How do I register to vote?

You may download the application form to become a registered Mississippi voter.  You may also review the Mississippi Voter Information Guide for registration and voting information. 

When is the next election?

The 2012 election calendar is here.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

in order to vote in any Primary, Runoff or General Election, you must be registered thirty (30) days prior to the date it will be held to be eligible to vote in that election. Registration deadlines are set thirty (30) days before an election. In the event the deadline falls on a Sunday, please check with your county registrar’s office for revised deadline dates. All mail-in applications must be post-marked on or before the registration deadline.

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Missouri

Missouri Secretary of State

Voting Information: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/s_default.asp?id=voting

Voter Education Materials: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/education.asp

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New Jersey

New Jersey Division of Elections
Phone: (609) 292-3760
www.njelections.org

 

When are the next elections?

Election Dates and Deadlines can be found at the link listed below:

www.njelections.org

How do I register to vote?

You must be a United States citizen, 18 years old by the next election, and a resident of the county for 30 days before the election. You are not eligible to register to vote if you are serving a sentence or on parole or probation, as a result of a conviction of an indictable offense under state or federal law or have been adjudged mentally incompetent.

Applications for registration can be obtained from the Division of Elections in the county where you live (or from the Municipal Clerk). Contact information for the offices can be found at the link listed below:

http://www.njelections.org/voting-information.html

Registration forms are also available in various State agencies and at Division of Motor Vehicle offices and can be obtained while transacting agency business. A registration form can also be downloaded and then mailed to the Commissioners of Registration office in the county where you reside.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote is 21 days prior to the next election.

Additional voter registration information can be found at the link below:

http://www.njelections.org/voting-information-faq.html

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

You can contact the Commissioners of Registration office in your area to confirm whether or not you are registered. Contact information can be found at the link below:

http://www.njelections.org/voting-information-local-officials.html

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North Carolina

North Carolina State Board of Elections
Phone: (919) 733-7173
http://www.sboe.state.nc.us/

 

When are the next elections?

The 2012 General Election will be held on November 6, 2012.

Locations and times of operation can be found at your county board of elections.

How do I register to vote?

You must be a U.S. citizen, a North Carolina resident and at least 18 years old by election day to be eligible to vote, in addition to other requirements. Voter registration is done at the county level.

You can also download a voter registration application and mail it to your county elections office. Paper copies of the voter registration form are also available from the Business Office at Strayer University's North Carolina campuses. The addresses are listed below:

  • 8701 Wadford Drive, Raleigh, NC 27616
  • 3421 Olympia Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
  • 4 Copley Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • 7870 Commons Park Circle NW, Concord, NC 28027
  • 9101 Kings Parade Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28273
  • 13620 Reese Boulevard, Huntersville, NC 28078
  • 4900 Koger Boulevard, Suite 400, Greensboro, NC 27407

The deadline to register to vote is 25 days before the day of the election. Forms that are received by the county board of elections office or postmarked by the deadline are accepted as valid applications for the upcoming election. Also, agency and DMV voter registration transactions that are completed by the deadline are accepted as valid for the upcoming election. Applicants will be notified by the county board of elections of their precinct and polling place assignments.

If you miss the voter registration deadline, you may still register to vote in person and vote at an One-stop early voting site in your county of residence. You will need to check with your county board of elections or visit the State Board of Elections’ Web site for One-stop dates, times and locations. One-stop early voting begins on the third Thursday before an election and ends on the last Saturday before the election. In order to register in person at a One-stop site, you must present proof of your current residential address. Valid documents include:

  • a North Carolina driver’s license;
  • a photo ID from a government agency; or
  • a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document.

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

In order to be eligible to vote you must sign a voter declaration attesting that:

  • I am a U.S. citizen.
  • I will have been a resident of North Carolina and this county for 30 days before the election.
  • I will be at least 18 years old by the next general election.
  • I am not registered nor will I vote in any other county or state.
  • If I have been convicted of a felony, my rights of citizenship have been restored.

You can check your voter registration status on the North Carolina State Board of Elections Web site.

You can also call your county election office for more information, which you can locate at the following Web site: www.sboe.state.nc.us/content.aspx?id=13.

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Ohio

Ohio Secretary of State
Voter Services
Phone: (614) 466-2585
Toll Free: (877) 767-6446
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/voter/RegisteringToVote.aspx

How do I register to vote?

You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements:

  1. You are a citizen of the United States.
  2. You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election.
  3. You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote.
  4. You are not incarcerated (in jail or prison) for a felony conviction under the laws of Ohio, another state or the United States.
  5. You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.
  6. You have not been permanently denied the right to vote for violations of the election laws.

You are eligible to vote in elections in your voting precinct held more than 30 days after you are registered to vote in Ohio.

You may return your completed voter registration form (Download in PDF or Request a form(s) be sent to you) in person or by U.S. mail to any of the following public offices:

  • Any county board of elections;
  • The Ohio Secretary of State’s office;
  • BMV or Deputy Registrars;
  • Office of designated agencies, including:
    • The Department of Job and Family Services;
    • The Department of Health (including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program);
    • The Department of Mental Health;
    • The Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities;
    • The Rehabilitation Services Commission; or
    • Any state-assisted college or university that provides assistance to
    • disabled students;
  • Any county treasurer’s office;
  • Any public high school or vocational school; or
  • Any public library.

If you are updating your current Ohio voter registration and returning your completed change of name and/or address form by U.S. Mail, you must send it to your county board of elections or the Secretary of State’s Office. For more Ohio voter registration information, please see this brochure.

Voter Registration Deadlines

Your properly completed voter registration form must be postmarked or received by the 30th day before the election at which you wish to vote. If the voter registration deadline falls on a day when offices of the Secretary of State and county board of elections are closed, the deadline is extended to the next succeeding business day when the government office is open.

Where do I vote?

As a registered voter, you may vote absentee (vote by mail) or cast your ballot on Election Day at your precinct’s designated polling place. Use the links below to find your polling place, for more information about absentee voting or to contact your county board of elections.

Ohio election officials determine a person's qualifying voting address using guidelines established by Ohio law (Revised Code (R.C.) 3503.02). Where an individual votes depends on where he or she is determined by law to reside. A voter may vote from only one residence. Your voting residence is the place in which your habitation is fixed and to which, whenever you are absent, you intend to return. Your voting residence should be one you consider to be permanent, not temporary. You will not lose your voting residency in Ohio if you leave temporarily and intend to return, unless you are absent from the state for four consecutive years. (Exception: You will not lose your residency after four years if your absence from Ohio is due to your employment with Ohio or the United States government, including military service, unless you vote in, or permanently move to, another state.)

If you do not have a fixed place of habitation, but you are a consistent or regular inhabitant of a shelter or other location to which you intend to return, you may use that shelter or other location as your residence for purposes of registering to vote.

For information on voting rights of U.S. citizens living outside the U.S., please click here, Uniformed and Overseas Citizens.

May a college student register and vote from his or her school address in Ohio?

Yes, a college student may vote using his or her Ohio school residence address. However, the student may not also vote an absentee ballot where he or she last lived (e.g., with one or more parent or guardian). When a college student votes from his or her school address, the school residence is considered to be the place to which the student’s habitation is fixed and to which, whenever the student is absent, the student intends to return, and is considered by the student to be his or her permanent residence at the time of voting.

Click here to view the 2012 Ohio Election Calendar.

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of State
Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation
Phone: (717) 787-5280
http://www.votespa.com/

 

When is the next election?

Please click here to see the current elections calendar.

How do I register to vote?

You must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident of Pennsylvania for at least 30 days prior to the election and at least 18 years old by election day to be eligible to vote in addition to other requirements. Voter registration is done at the county level. Call your county elections office to find out how to register to vote. You can locate your county elections office by clicking here.

You can also complete and print a voter registration form to mail to your county elections office.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

The registration deadline is 30 days before an election or primary.

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

Call your county election office for more information. Helpful Links

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South Carolina

South Carolina State Election Commission
Phone: (803) 734-9060
http://www.scvotes.org

 

When is the next election?

Find the 2012 election calendar here.

How do I register to vote?

You must be a U.S. citizen, a South Carolina resident and at least 18 years old by election day to be eligible to vote in addition to other requirements. Voter registration is done at the county level. Call your county voter registration office to find out how to register to vote. You can locate your county voter registration office at the following Web site: http://www.scvotes.org/how_to_register_absentee_voting.

You can also complete and print a voter registration form to mail to your county voter registration office.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

The registration deadline is 30 days before an election or primary.

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

You can check your voter registration status on the South Carolina State Election Commission Web site.

You can also call your county voter registration office for more information. You can locate your county voter registration office at the following Web site:

http://www.scvotes.org/how_to_register_absentee_voting

Where do I find information about absentee voting?

Visit the South Carolina State Election Web site or call your county voter registration office for more information.

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Tennessee

Tennessee Department of State - Division of Elections
Phone: (615) 741-7956
http://www.state.tn.us/sos/election/index.htm

When is the next election?

The state’s election calendar is here.

How do I register to vote?

You must be a U.S. citizen, a Tennessee resident and at least 18 years old on or before election day to be eligible to vote in addition to other requirements. Voter registration is done at the county level. Call your county elections office to find out how to register to vote.

You can also complete and print a voter registration form to mail to your county elections office.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

The registration deadline is 30 days before an election or primary.

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

Call your county election office for more information.

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Texas

Texas Secretary of State, Elections Division
Phone: 1-800-252-8683
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/index.shtml

Qualifications to Register

To be eligible to register in Texas, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be a resident of the county;
  • be 18 years old (you may register at 17 years and 10 months);
  • not a convicted felon (unless a person's sentence is completed, including any probation or parole)
  • not declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law

How do you register?

You may fill out a voter registration application online, print it and mail it to the voter registrar in your county of residence, or you may use a Printable Voter Registration Application and send it to the voter registrar in your county of residence. For more information, please read the Voter Registration in Texas pamphlet.

What is the deadline to register?

Your registration application must be received in the County Voter Registrar's office or postmarked 30 days before an election in order for you to be eligible to vote in that election.  

Am I already registered?

Use the Texas Voter Information Website that not only confirms whether you are registered or not, but will even allow you to search for your polling place location prior to an election.

When is the next election?

Please see the Important 2012 Election Dates page.

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Utah

State of Utah Elections Office
Phone: (801) 538-1041
http://www.elections.utah.gov

 

How do I register to vote?

Online - Download a Utah Voter Registration Form. In-person Registration - The 15th day before an election, a person may register to vote in person at the county clerk’s office. You will only be eligible to vote on elections. Location listings are available through your county clerk's office.

Drivers License & State Agency Offices - Registration forms are also available at State Agency Offices, including the Drivers License Division, Division of Workforce Services, Utah State Department of Health, Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Offices, the Division of Services for People with Disabilities, the Department of Rehabilitation, and public colleges and universities.

When do I register to vote?

Postmark Deadline: Voter registration forms must be postmarked at least 30 days before an election in order to vote in that election; or

In-Person Registration: You may register in-person at the county clerk's office by the 15th day before the election. You will not be eligible to vote early.

When to Re-register: Voter registration is valid for life, unless you

  • Move
  • Change your name, or
  • Wish to affiliate with a different party

To change your voter registration status for any of the above reasons, simply fill out a new voter registration form.

What are the requirements?

Age: At least 18 years-old on or before the next election.

Citizenship: A citizen of the United States.

Residency: A resident of Utah for at least 30 days before the election. An applicant is considered a resident of Utah if he or she has his principal place of residence within Utah and intends to continue to reside within Utah indefinitely.

When is the next election?

Please click here to view upcoming election dates.

For polling and early voting locations, contact your County Clerk.

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Virginia

Virginia State Board of Elections
Phone: (804) 786-6551 OR (800) 552-9745
http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/

 

When is the next election?

A complete calendar of elections can be found by clicking here. The general election will be held November 6, 2012.

How do I register to vote?

You must be a U.S. citizen, a Virginia resident and at least 18 years old by election day to be eligible to vote in addition to other requirements. Call your local voter registration office to find out how to register to vote. You can locate your local voter registration office at the following Web site.

The applications cannot be completed on-line. Please print the application and mail it to either the Voter Registration Office of their residence or to the State Board of Elections.

You can also go to the Web site listed below for additional information on deadlines for registering to vote, absentee ballot information and election dates:
www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/.

Additional information regarding registering to vote can be found here.

What is the deadline to register to vote?

Your registration must be delivered 29 days before an election or primary.

I am not sure if I am registered to vote or whether I am eligible to vote. How do I find out?

Call your local voter registration office for more information or simply click here to visit our Web site.

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West Virginia

Secretary of State
Elections Division
Phone: 304-558-6000
Toll Free: 866-SOS-VOTE
Fax: 304-558-8386
http://www.wvsos.com/elections/main.htm

 

In order to register to vote, a person must be:

  • A resident of West Virginia and the county where you register
  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 17 years old and 18 before the next general election
  • Not currently under conviction for a felony, including probation or parole, or a court ruling of mental incompetence. (Voting rights are restored when the term of conviction ends.)

When is the next election?

General Election Day: November 6, 2012.

  • File address change within precinct at polling place
  • File name change at polling place
  • File address change within county at new polling place
    (Voter will have to cast a provisional ballot)

How do I register to vote?

You may register at any time. To be eligible to vote in a specific election, you must register 21 days before that election.

  • In person
    Register at a convenient registration office (see below). Bring proof of physical address (i.e. driver's license; utility bill; bank statement; paycheck; and other government document.
  • By mail
    Request an application from your county clerk or the Secretary of State, or register now by downloading a mail-in registration form.

Where can I register to vote?

You may register at any of these offices. If it is close to an election, registering at the county clerk's office is the best place to go to be certain that you will be on the books on Election Day.

  • The county clerk's office at your county courthouse
  • Driver license offices
  • Public assistance agencies
  • Agencies which serve people with disabilities
  • Marriage license offices (at county clerk's offices)
  • Military recruiting offices

After I register to vote?

If voting is important to you, take these steps:

  • If you registered in person at the county clerk's office and you have your voter card, make sure you know where your precinct voting place is located.
  • If you registered at an agency or by mail, you should have received your voter card by mail from the county clerk. If you didn't receive it, call the clerk to see if your registration was completed.
  • If you registered by mail, remember to take your driver's license or other ID and proof of age to the polls the first time you vote.

How do I update my registration?

If you move within your county or change your name, update your registration in one of these ways:

  • At your county clerk's office or other registration office.
  • By mail, using the regular mail-in voter registration form.
  • At your polling place, if you did not move to a different precinct.
  • At your new polling place if you moved to a new precinct, although you will have to vote a provisional ballot since your registration would not be available to check.

If you move to another county in West Virginia, you must register there. See "How do I register?" (above) for the answer.

How do I change political parties?

West Virginia has a closed primary, meaning you may only vote the ballot of the party in which you are registered, although some parties allow no-party affiliates to vote their ballots. A party change must be filed by the close of registration (21 days) before a primary election for you to be eligible to vote the new party's ballot in the primary. You may change your party:

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
212 East Washington Avenue
Third Floor
P.O. Box 7984
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
1-866-VOTE-WIS
http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting

 

When is the next election?

The next general election is on November 6, 2012.

How do I register to vote?

As of January 1, 2006, all municipalities in Wisconsin require voter registration prior to a person being allowed to vote.  The federal "Help American Vote Act of 2002" requires any person registering to vote to supply his or her Wisconsin Department of Transportation-issued driver's license number.  Electors who have not been issued a Wisconsin driver's license must provide the last four digits of their Social Security Number OR their Wisconsin state ID card number.  If the elector does not have a current, valid Wisconsin driver’s license, Wisconsin state ID card, or Social Security Number, the applicant may indicate this by filling in the appropriate circle on the registration form.  (Box 2 on GAB-131)

THE REGISTRATION CANNOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL THE ELECTOR PROVIDES THIS INFORMATION.

If the voter has a current, valid Wisconsin driver’s license but does not know the number and did not bring it to the polling place, poll workers should allow the voter to vote by provisional ballot. (Note: the voter CANNOT use the last 4 digits of their Social Security Number if he or she has been issued a Wisconsin driver’s license). The provisional ballot will not be counted until the voter either:

  1. brings his or her driver license number to his or her polling place before the polls close at 8:00 pm on Election Day; or
  2. transmits (via fax, email, telephone call or personal visit) his or her driver’s license number to the municipal clerk before 4:00 pm on the day after the Election.

Anyone wishing to vote in the state of Wisconsin has three options to register:

  1. BY MAIL:  Download the Application for Voter Registration (GAB-131), complete the form and mail it into the municipal clerk's office. Find your Wisconsin Municipal Clerk here.  The application must be postmarked no later than the 20th day (3rd Wednesday) before the election.  PLEASE NOTE:  State and federal law now requires that any first-time voter submitting a registration application by mail provide a copy of an acceptable identifying document that provides proof of residence.  (A “first-time voter” is an individual who has not voted in an election in Wisconsin.) Acceptable forms of proof of residence are outlined below. Please note that first-time voters registering by mail may not use a residential lease as proof of residence. The copy of the form of proof of residence must be included when submitting the registration application.  If a copy of proof of residence is not included, the elector will be required to supply it before being issued a ballot at the polling place or before being issued an absentee ballot in the municipal clerk’s office.
     
  2. IN PERSON: Register in the municipal clerk's office up to 5:00 PM or the close of business whichever is later on the day before the election.  Note: After the BY MAIL deadline, an elector registering in person in the clerk's office is required to present acceptable proof of residence as outlined below.
     
  3. AT THE POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION DAY:  If you wish to register to vote at your polling place, you must bring proof that you have lived at your present location for at least 10 days preceding the election. For purposes of voter registration, acceptable forms of proof of residence must include:
    1. A current and complete name, including both the given and family name; and
    2. A current and complete residential address, including a numbered street address, if any, and the name of a municipality.

**Forms with an expiration date must be valid on Election Day.

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