It’s easier than ever to register to vote online. Whether you want to check your voter registration status before the general election, register to vote by mail or label yourself as an absentee, government services and voter advocacy groups make it their mission to help you cast your vote. With this year’s presidential election falling on November 8, 2016, it’s important to make sure you’re registered in advance — not all states allow you to register at the polls. Here are a few of the best ways to register to vote online.
Step 1: Know Your Registration Deadline
Get informed! Check the registration deadline for your state. Each state has a different deadline for voters to register. Official government websites like USA.gov, as well as private voter advocacy groups like RockTheVote.com, have complete lists of voter registration deadlines by state. You’ll also find info on what kind of identification or other information you may need in order to register to vote online.
Step 2: Get the Process Started
Visit Vote.usa.gov. Select your state, and then the site will redirect you to your Department of State’s official website.
Step 3: Enter Your Information and Submit
Complete the voter registration process on your Department of State’s official website. You’ll need to enter your personal information in order to do this, so have your social security number, current address, phone number and driver’s license or other state identification card number at the ready. You’re all set!