Voting Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to the most common voter registration questions below
- How Do I Register to Vote?
- Am I Eligible to Vote?
- What is Absentee Voting?
- How Do I Vote Early?
- How Do I Find My Polling Place?
- How Do I Replace My Voter Registration Card?
What is the National Form?
The National Mail Voter Registration Form consists of four parts:
- The Application
- The General Instructions
- The Application Instructions
- The State Instructions
Who can use the National Form?
Any U.S. citizen residing in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia may use this form, with the following exceptions:
North Dakota, Wyoming and U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam) do not accept this form. New Hampshire accepts the form only as a request for an absentee ballot.
Uniformed service members and overseas voters should not use this form to register to vote. Instead, they should fill out the Federal Post Card Application, available at www.fvap.gov.
Do I need to show proof of identification when I vote if I registered using the National Form?
If you are voting for the first time in your state and are registering by mail, Federal law may require you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. This proof of identification includes the following (or if voting by mail, a COPY of the following):
- A current and valid photo identification; OR
- A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.
Federal law does not require you to show proof of identification at the polling place or when voting by mail if (1) you provided COPIES of the above with your National Mail Voter Registration Form; (2) your voter registration form has been verified by an election official; or (3) you are entitled by federal law to vote by absentee ballot. Please note that individual states may have additional voter identification requirements.
Which part of the National Form do I need to mail in?
You need to mail in only the one-page application.
What can I do if my registration form is rejected?
If you feel your registration form was unjustly rejected, contact your local election official. You may also contact the voting section of the Department of Justice at (800) 253-3931, or your state's Attorney General's office.
How can I make sure my registration form is accepted?
Make sure you fill in all information requested in the form completely, accurately and legibly. Place it in an envelope, and affix the proper amount of postage to it.
How can I be sure my form was processed, and I'm registered to vote?
After you've submitted your registration form, you should receive a confirmation that you are registered within a few weeks. If you do not receive a confirmation, call your local election office before the registration deadline approaches to confirm you are registered.
Can the National Form be photocopied?
Yes. States that accept the National form will accept copies of the application printed from the computer image on regular paper stock, signed by the applicant, and mailed in a envelope with first class postage.