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
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.
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 on or before the next general election to register.
District of Columbia You can pre-register to vote at 16.
Florida You must be at least 16 to pre-register.
Georgia You must be at least 17 ½ to register.
Hawaii You can pre-register to vote at 16.
Idaho You must be at least 18 on Election Day to register.
Illinois To register, you must be at least 18 by Election Day. You can vote in a general primary if you are at least 17 and will be 18 as of the following general election.
Indiana You must be at least 18 on or before the next general, municipal, or special election to register. If you’re 17, you may register and vote in the primary election if you turn 18 on or before the next general or municipal election.
Iowa You must be at least 17 ½ to register.
Kansas You must be 18 on or before the next election to register.
Kentucky You must be 18 on or before the next general election to register.
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.
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 18 by Election Day to register.
Minnesota You must be 18 on or before the next Election Day to register.
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 must be 18 or over on or before Election Day to register.
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 If you’re 17 and will be 18 by the general election, you can register and you may participate in the primary election.
New York You must be at least 18 by end of calendar year in which you register to vote.
North Carolina You must be at least 16 to register to vote.
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 at 17, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18.
Oklahoma You must be 18 on or before the date of the next election to 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 Election Day 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.
Vermont If you are 17 and will become 18 before the next election, you can submit your registration application, but it will not become active until you turn 18 and take the Voter’s Oath.
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.
Washington You can register if you will be at least 18 by Election Day.
West Virginia You must be at least 17 and turning 18 before the next election to register. If you’re 17 but 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: April 03, 2018