Change Your Voter Registration

Find out how to update or change your voter registration. If your state has online voter registration, you can make the changes online.

Update or Change Your Voter Registration

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

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.

Video: Guide for Checking Your Registration

If you have already registered to vote, you may want to check your registration to make sure it is up-to-date. This short video will explain why it is important to check and how easy it is to do.

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Last Updated: March 4, 2019

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