Voting and Registering to Vote

Find the steps for voter registration, voting by absentee ballot, and how to avoid voter fraud.

Voter Eligibility

To vote in a federal election in the United States, potential voters must meet certain requirements. No matter which state you live in, you are eligible to vote if: 

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You meet your state’s residency requirements.
  • You are 18 years old. Some states allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries and/or register to vote if they will be 18 before the general election.

Each state does have its own set of requirements. Find out what else your state requires and find out your state's voter registration deadline

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Register to Vote

Voting and elections are always popular topics on, but never more so than during election season. The right to vote is a cornerstone of our society, and we realize that it can be a confusing and complicated process. In an effort to simplify that process and bring the most important government tasks into the digital age, GSA has created an online voter registration tool.

The tool will help you navigate the voter registration process. Depending on the state that you live in, we’ll help you either:

  1. Register directly online with your state election office (Twenty-three states offer online registration)
  2. Complete the National Mail Voter Registration Form. At the end of the process, you simply print the form, sign and mail it to the address listed under your State in the State Instructions.

Please note: North Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands do not accept the National Mail Voter Registration Form. New Hampshire accepts it only as a request for an absentee voter mail-in registration form. If you live in one of these states, please check with your state election office to find out how to register to vote.

You may be able to apply to register to vote in person at the following public facilities:

If you are outside of the U.S., you can get information online from the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) or call an international FVAP hotline.

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Vote by Absentee Ballot

How do I vote when I am away from home?

  • You can vote by absentee ballot, which allows you to vote before the election.
  • You can return the ballot by mail to your local election officials.

How can I get an absentee ballot?

How can I get an absentee ballot if I'm outside the United States?

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Where Do I Vote?

You cast your vote at a polling place or polling station.  ​

How do I report a problem with a voting machine at a polling station?

If you have a problem with your voting machine at your polling location, let your local poll workers know. You can also contact your state/territorial election office.

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Report Voter Fraud or Voter Registration Fraud

Elections fraud means any irregularities or fraud arising out or in connection with voter registration or voting, or candidate petition or issue petition activities.

If you suspect voter or registration fraud, you should report it to your local state/territorial election office. For most states this is done by the Secretary of State, in other states, it is a State Board of Elections. 

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