College To-Do: Register to Vote

As U.S. citizens, voting is one of the most important rights we have; however, to voice your opinion, you must register to vote with the state in which you currently live.

The rules and requirements of each state are different, so the first thing you need to do is read about the laws of your state. Registration is typically required at least 30 days before the election, but you should check to make sure.

Online

To get started, go online and search vote.usa.gov. Once you are there, there will be an option to “Select your state.” When you select your state, it will take you to its voting application website. Every state’s page will be different from one another’s, however, they all have a tab that says “Register to vote.” You are eligible to vote in U.S. elections if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are 18 years old.
  • You are a resident of your state.
  • (The voter age requirements may vary, depending on your state).

Once you affirm that you meet the set standards, you can begin the application process. To complete the application, you will need a current form of identification, such as your driver’s license. Along with that, the application will ask for your personal information, including your date of birth, your address, and the last four digits of your social security number.

Mail

To get started, go online and search eac.gov. Once you are there, click on the “Resources for Voters” tab. Under that, click on the “National Mail Voter Registration Form” tab.

Select the form in your desired language. There will be 25 pages, including the

  • The application
  • The general instructions
  • The application instructions
  • The state instructions

To register, you will need a current and valid photo identification or a government document that has your name and address on it. The only page that you will need to fill out and send is the application. Everything in the 25 pages will give you instructions on how to fill out the application and where to send it, depending on the state that you select.

In person

Anyone eligible to vote can register in person at the following facilities with the same information that you would need to register online and through the mail:

  • DMV
  • Public assistance facilities
  • Your state’s voter registration office
  • State-funded disability centers
  • Election offices
  • Armed Service recruitment centers

 

— Danielle Snuckel, Assistant Life & Culture Editor

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