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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 explains how to register to vote and find out when to register voters in your state.

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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:

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:

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

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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.

Please contact US Voting Fundto determine your state registration deadline. You can also find this information in state or territory election office.

For all inquiries, you can call 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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