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Confirm You Are Registered to Vote

Each state makes its own voting rules, including how to confirm your registration. Check with your state or local election office to get the most detailed and up-to-date information for where you live.

How To Confirm Your Voter Registration Status

To confirm that you are registered to vote in an upcoming election, check your voter registration status. You will also be able to verify your polling location. And you can find out what political party you are registered with if you specified one.

How To Check Your Voter Registration Information

  1. Visit Can I Vote and select "voter registration status."

  2. Choose your state. You will be taken to a page on your state's election website.

  3. Check to see if you are registered.

Check your registration information before your state's registration deadline to register to vote. That could be up to 30 days before the election. This gives you time if you need to re-register or make changes.

Do You Need To Re-Register Or Change Your Registration?

  • Yes, if:

    • You have moved within your state or changed your name. Update your voter registration with your new location or your new name. Make sure you also update your state driver's license or state ID card before the election, if that is the voter ID you will use.
    • You have moved permanently to another state. Register to vote in the new state.
  • No, if:

    • Your name and address have not changed and you are an active voter.
  • Maybe, if:

    • You move to a different state very close to the date of a presidential primary or general election.

      • Some states require you to live in your new state for up to 30 days before registering to vote.

      • If you do not have time to register in your new state before a presidential primary or general election, your old state must allow you to vote in person or by absentee ballot. After that, you will need to register in and begin voting in your new state.

Why You Should Check Your Registration Information

States try to keep their voter registration lists as accurate as possible. This means:

  • Removing registrations of voters who are no longer residents

  • Marking some registrations as inactive

You may be marked inactive if you:

  • Do not respond to election officials’ postcards or letters and

  • Have not voted in the last two federal general elections (a midterm and a presidential election)

If your registration is inactive, you may have to take extra steps before you can vote. If you do not, you may have to cast a provisional ballot.

Checking and updating (as needed) your registration ahead of time ensures:

  • Your name, address, and party affiliation are up-to-date.

  • You have time to make any necessary changes if your registration is marked inactive.

  • You can vote.

  • You know your correct polling place.

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 9, 2023