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Elections: Voter Registration

From national to local, covering voter rights, registration, and the electoral process.

Where Do I Register?

Register online in 37 states (including Pennsylvania!) Visit to find out how to register in your state.

No online registration? Download and complete the Voter Registration Form to register by mail. (Note: North Dakota, Wyoming, and some U.S. territories do not accept this.)

OR visit your local elections office, an armed services recruitment center, public assistance agencies, or even the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to register in-person. To learn more about registering to vote, visit

***The registration deadline is different in every state! In Pennsylvania, the deadline is 30 days before the election or primary.***

What Do I Need to Know?

What to know:

  • You must register to vote in every state except North Dakota.
  • After registering, in most states (including PA) you will be assigned a polling place. Bring your registration card with you and a form of ID if it's your first time voting at that polling place. If you've moved since the last election, even if you're still living in the same neighborhood, you must update your voter registration, as your polling place may have changed. Check Voter ID Requirements here.
  • You may complete an absentee ballot if you can not make it to your designated polling place/ballot drop location on election day.

14 Facts About Voting in Federal Elections

A Voter's Guide to Federal Elections

Vote Here Sign

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Absentee and Early Voting

Absentee Ballots allow you to vote by mail. Some states allow you to do this no matter what, but others require that you have a valid excuse for not being able to make it to your polling place on election day. Some states also allow you to cast your vote early.

Absentee and Early Voting

Find My State or Local Elections Office Website 

  • Choose your state to find out how to apply for an absentee ballot.

Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad

Guide Notes

All election facts on this page are from the's election page.