Voter Registration Age Requirements by State

While the legal voting age in the U.S. is 18, voter registration and pre-registration rules and ages are different in every state. Check your state’s official voter registration page in the links below for the most detailed and up-to-date information.
State Earliest Age You Can Register
Alabama You must be at least 18 on or before Election Day to register.
Alaska You must be at least 18 or within 90 days of your 18th birthday to register.
Arizona You must be 18 or older on or before the next general election to register.
Arkansas You must be 18 or turn 18 on or before the next Election Day to register.
California You must be 18 or older on Election Day to register. You can pre-register to vote at 16 or 17 and if you do, you will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday.
Colorado You must be at least 16 to register and 18 to vote.
Connecticut If you are at least 17 and turning 18 before Election Day, you can register to vote and you may participate in the general primary.
Delaware You must be 18 by the next general election to register.
District of Columbia You can pre-register at 16. You may vote in a primary election if you are at least 17 years old and you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election.
Florida You must be at least 16 to pre-register.
Georgia You must be at least 17 ½ to register and 18 to vote.
Hawaii You can pre-register at 16. You must be 18 to vote.
Idaho You must be at least 18 on Election Day to register.
Illinois To register, you must be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General or Consolidated Election.
Indiana You must be at least 18 on or before the next general, municipal, or special election to register. You can register and vote in a primary election at 17 if you’ll turn 18 on or before the next general or municipal election.
Iowa You must be at least 17 to register. You may vote if you will be 18 on or before Election Day. In the case of primary elections, you may vote if you will be 18 years old on or before the corresponding regular election.
Kansas You must be 18 on or before the next election to register.
Kentucky You can pre-register at 17 but you must be 18 on or before the next general election to vote. If you are 17 and will be 18 on the next general election, you may vote in the primary election.
Louisiana You can be 16 to register in person at the Registrar of Voters office or at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. If you register another way, you must be at least 17.
Maine You must be at least 17 to register. You can vote at age 17 in a primary if you'll be 18 by the next general election.
Maryland You can register if you are at least 16 but cannot vote unless you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election.
Massachusetts You can pre-register at 16 or 17. Once you become old enough to vote, your local election office will move you from the list of pre-registrants to the list of registered voters.
Michigan You must be at least 18 by Election Day to register.
Minnesota To pre-register to vote at 17, you must be at least 18 when the next election occurs (special, township, state primary, or state general).
Mississippi You must be 18 on or before the next general Election Day to register.
Missouri You must be at least 17 ½ to register.
Montana You must be 18 on or before the next election to register.
Nebraska You must be 18 on or before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of the current calendar year to register.
Nevada You can pre-register at 17. If you’ve pre-registered, you’re automatically deemed registered to vote on your 18th birthday unless your pre-registration is canceled.
New Hampshire You must be 18 or older on the day of the next election to register.
New Jersey You must be at least 17 to register.
New Mexico You must be 18 years or older at the time of the next election.
New York You must be 18 by the end of the calendar year in which you register to vote. You must be 18 by the date of the general, primary, or other election in which you want to vote.
North Carolina You can pre-register to vote at 16 if you will be 18 at the time of the next general election.
North Dakota You do not have to register to vote in North Dakota.
Ohio If you’re 17 and will be 18 on or before the general election, you can register to vote. You may also vote in the primary election to nominate candidates. But you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18.
Oklahoma You must be 17 ½ to pre-register.
Oregon You must be at least 16 to register.
Pennsylvania You must be at least 18 on the day of the next election to register.
Rhode Island You must be at least 16 to register.
South Carolina You must be 18 on or before the next election to register.
South Dakota You must be 18 on or before the next election to register.
Tennessee You must be at least 18 on or before the next election to register.
Texas You must be at least 17 and 10 months old and 18 on Election Day to register.
Utah You can pre-register if you are 16 or 17. You will automatically be registered to vote when you turn 18.
Vermont Any person meeting the requirements above (see complete answer in link from "Vermont") who will be 18 on or before the date of a general election may register and vote in the primary election immediately preceding that general election.
Virginia If you are 17 and will be 18 at the next general election, you may register in advance and vote in any primary or special election leading up to that general election.
Washington If you’re 16 or 17, you can sign up as a future voter and you’ll be automatically registered to vote when you turn 18.
West Virginia You must be at least 17 and turning 18 before the next election to register. If you’re 17 and will be 18 before the next general election, you can also vote in primary elections.
Wisconsin You may register at 17 if you will be 18 by the next election.
Wyoming You must be 18 on or before the next election to register.
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Last Updated: December 19, 2019

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