How to register to vote in the US presidential election
To find out how to register to vote and determine the timing of voter registration in your state, visit the official website of the US government USA.gov.
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 - an opportunity is available for 38 states and the District of Columbia;
- Download the 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.
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 period at your local election office) You can register there or do it online, in the department of vehicles or using the national voter registration form by mail.
Your electoral office may send you a voter registration card indicating the place of voting, where you will go on election day. You may need to provide proof of identity on the spot before voting. Then you fill out the newsletter. If you do not know how, you can ask one of the employees on the spot. If you cannot 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 example, the terms for New York State are:
For all questions, you can call USAGov for free at 1-844-USA-GOV1 (1-844-872-4681) from 8:00 a.m. to 20:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays.
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