This post, which originally ran in 2015, has been updated to reflect the number of states offering online voter registration.
Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and what better way to celebrate than to ensure your ability to vote?
You can do so by submitting a form online, by mail or in person, depending on where you live.
Registering To Vote Online
Currently, 31 states and the District of Columbia offer online voter registration.
Registering To Vote By Mail
The national mail voter registration form is available here. You can access it in seven different languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese. The forms include specific instructions for completing the form state-by-state, including registration deadlines and the address to which you should send your form.
Registering To Vote In Person
Voting in person varies by state. Check out your local election office’s website for forms and submission instructions and locations. Some states will allow you to register to vote at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or through other public assistance agencies. Check this map to see if your state fits that description.
If you can’t remember whether you registered to vote, contact your local election office.
If you’re serving in the military, or are an overseas U.S. citizen, the Federal Voting Assistance Program is a good resource for registering to vote, acquiring an absentee ballot and more.
This interactive map by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission will take you straight to your state’s voting guidelines website. You can also search for your local government’s contact information here.
Just Vote, OK?
Whether you think your vote won’t count in your state or you don’t find yourself excited about the presidential candidates ― those excuses aren’t enough. Here are seven reasons you should vote this (and every) election.