If you’ve moved, changed your name, or want to update your political party affiliation, you need to update your voter registration. Submit your changes before your state’s deadline to register to vote. That could be up to 30 days before the election.
How to Change Your Voter Registration Information
Make changes online. If your state has online voter registration, use that to make changes. If your state keeps track of political party preference, you will be able to change that too.
Make changes by mail.
You can download, fill in, and mail the National Mail Voter Registration Form. All states except New Hampshire, Wyoming, and North Dakota accept it.
If you need the form mailed to you, contact your state or local election office website.
Many states also have their own form you can use instead of the national form. Access it from your state or local election office website.
If you’re an overseas and/or military voter, don't use the mail-in form. Go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program to change your voter information and request an absentee ballot.
Make changes by phone. Contact your state or local election office. Some states will accept changes over the phone.
If you’ve moved permanently to another state, register to vote in the new state.
How to Change Your Political Party Affiliation
Your political party affiliation is the party that you choose to associate with. You may be asked your party affiliation when you register to vote.
You can change your party affiliation online, by mail, or over the phone using the methods for changing your voter registration information, above.
You don't have to join a political party or reveal your party preference when you register to vote.
Not every state accepts or lists a party affiliation on a voter registration card.
You can always choose to vote for a candidate from any party in a general election, like a presidential, congressional, or mayoral election.
Your party affiliation is usually only important in primary elections. Many states have “closed” primaries. This means that you can only vote for your party’s candidates in its primary election. Learn about the different types of primary elections.