This story is part of, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.
Voter registration has ended in many states for the. And if you’re planning to vote , you won’t be able to do so unless you’re registered. If you’re not sure what your status is, the answer is simple — and it requires very little time to find out.
Voting will look different this year due to the. Once you’re registered to vote, you can choose to , but note that these ballots have to be postmarked by Election Day and different states have different cutoffs. For example, in California, your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by Tuesday evening. Here’s how to in every state.
is also available, but you during the ongoing pandemic. Expect extra rules for social distancing and mask-wearing at the very least. Here’s what you need to know about registering to vote and on Election Day. Remember, .
How to check if you’re registered to vote
To see if you’re currently registered to vote, visit vote.org and click Check Your Registration. From here, you’ll need to enter your personal information, like your first and last name, current address, date of birth and an email address. Make sure all your information is correct and select Check your registration. On the next screen, you’ll either see confirmation that you’re registered or that you need to register to vote.
If you’re not sure you’re registered to vote
If you’re going to the polls and you’re not sure if you’re registered, you can arrive at your local polling place with your proof of address and ID and speak to polling officials. You may be instructed to complete a ballot, which would count if you are registered, and would not count if you aren’t. We recommend checking electronically (see above) to make sure.
Can I register to vote on Election Day?
These states will still let you register to vote on Election Day, but it must be in person. Note that you’ll most likely need to bring proof of address and a form of ID.
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota doesn’t require voter registration
- Rhode Island
How do I register to vote?
If you’re not registered to vote and it’s still open for your state, visit vote.org and click Register To Vote. From here, enter your personal details as mentioned above and click Continue. When you’re finished filling out the form, you’ll need to sign and date it, then mail or hand-deliver the form to the provided address. Note that the deadline for registering to vote in many states has already passed.
If the deadline has passed for online voting in your state, but your state allows Election Day registration, call ahead of time to make sure you have everything you need to register. Most states that allow you to register on Election Day let you register at the polls.
Common reasons for needing to reregister to vote
Even if you already registered to vote, here are several reasons why you may need to reregister.
- You to another location.
- You’ve changed your name since the last time you voted.
- You’d like to change political parties.
- You haven’t voted in the past four years.
- You’ve never registered to vote at all, in which case you’d need to register for the first time.
Need more information about voting? Here’s, the and .