How to register to vote in the US presidential election: instructions
September 22 is national voter registration day for the US presidential election. Official website of the American government USA.gov explains how to register to vote and find out when to register voters in your state.
Where to begin
Visit website Vote.govto register to vote in the U.S. presidential election in 2020.
Depending on the rules for registering voters in your state, this site may help you:
- register online - the opportunity is available for 40 states and the District of Columbia;
- download national postal voter registration form (English version; Russian version): you can fill it out on the screen and print the completed form, or print the form and fill it out manually. Remember to sign the form before submitting it to the address provided for your state;
- Find guidelines for states and territories with various registration procedures.
How to register in person
You can register in person at your state or local polling office. You can also register at one of the nearest public institutions, after specifying where they are:
- Department of Motor Vehicles;
- military recruiting centers;
- state and county government aid offices such as SNAP и WIC.
How to register if you are abroad
Federal Voting Assistance Program allows you register to vote and submit an absentee ballot if you:
- US citizen residing outside the United States;
- a soldier based abroad;
- Spouse (s) or relevant family member of a soldier who is abroad.
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What you need to know if you are voting for the first time
Are you ready to vote for the first time? If you are a US citizen, meet the requirements of the state, and you will be 18 years old on election day, you can vote.
But first you need to register before the deadline for your state (you can find out this deadline at US Voting FoundationIn election office your state or territory). You can register there, or do it online, at the Department of Motor Vehicles or using the National Voter Registration Form by mail.
Your electoral office can send you a voter registration card indicating the place of voting where you will go on election day if you vote in person. On site, you may need to present your ID before voting. Then you fill out the ballot. If you do not know how, you can ask one of the staff on site. If you can't get there on election day, you can vote by mail.
Remember that voting rules vary from state to state. Learn more at USA.gov/voting
Voter Registration Dates
Every state, except North Dakota, requires citizens who want to become voters to register. Depending on your state, the registration deadline may be even a month before the election.
For all inquiries, you can call USA.gov toll-free at 1-844-USA-GOV1 (1-844-872-4681) from 8:00 am to 20:00 pm ET, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.
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