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Who Can and Can’t Vote in U.S. Elections

You must be a U.S. citizen to vote in federal, state, or local elections. 

Who Can Vote?

You can vote in U.S. elections if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen

  • Meet your state’s residency requirements

  • Are 18 years old on or before Election Day

    • In almost every state, you can register to vote before you turn 18 if you will be 18 by Election Day. 

  • Are registered to vote by your state’s voter registration deadline. North Dakota does not require voter registration.

Who CAN’T Vote?

Check with your state or local election office for any questions about who can and cannot vote.

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Last Updated: April 28, 2021

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