It's Election Year: How to Update Voter Registration After a Move?

Woman voting on election day
Woman voting on election day

If you moved recently, or if you never registered, or you've simply been living under a rock, then it's time to wake up and move on over to the ballot box. Yep, unless you've been in complete media silence with an aluminum foil cap over your head, you know this is an election year for the president of the U.S of A. There is no "debate" that every American needs to cast their ballot this November, so it is vital to check to see if you are properly registered to vote. Even if you moved several years ago, you may not realize you are not registered to vote with your new local election office. Your voter registration does not move with you. If you move within your existing county, you must complete a new voter registration form to update your new address. If you move to a different county or state, you must re-register with your new county and/or state.

Fortunately, there are various places to register and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has made the task simple. Follow this guide to ensure you have a voice in November!

1. By Web & Mail: Visit the EAC website to download and print the National Mail Voter Registration Form. The form also lists pertinent information for each state, including the mailing address to which to send the completed form. You can use the National Mail Voter Registration Form to change your name, change your address, or register with a political party. Once you have completed the registration form, mail it to the address listed under your state in the "State Instructions."

2. By Web: If you are more of a modern voter, Rock the Vote provides an Online Voter Registration Platform.

3. By Car or Foot: Deliver your registration form in person to your local voter registration office or you can also update your voter registration in person at these places: State or local election offices, the Department of Motor Vehicles, any public facility that the state allows voter registration (e.g. public library, public school, or city or county clerk's office).

4. When to Register: ASAP! Each state has its own deadline for registering to vote. Check the deadline for your state on the last page of your voter registration form booklet. Or visit Rock the Vote for state by state information, deadlines, and election dates.

5. Exceptions: You cannot use the National Mail Voter Registration Form if you live outside the United States or if you are in the military stationed away from home. Use the Federal Postcard Application available to you from military bases, American embassies, or consular offices. New Hampshire town and city clerks will accept this application only as a request for their own absentee voter mail in registration form. North Dakota does not have voter registration. Wyoming law does not permit mail registration.

For more tips on how to register to vote after a move visit EAC's website. Now voice your choice! Register and then by all means vote! Remember there are still countries where women can't vote. Historically, we fought hard for our right to elect a president. Use your power, vote.


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