Everything You Need To Know About Registering To Vote
You don’t even have to go to the DMV.
This election cycle will go down in the history books as the longest and most insane presidential election ever. And, most unfortunately, we still have four debates standing in between us and a much-needed political nap. So before you freak out and delete Facebook, here’s everything you always wanted to know about registering to vote (but were afraid to ask).
Can I Vote?
If you’re an American citizen who is over the age of eighteen and has registered to vote, then, yes.
Really? It’s That Easy?
Of course not. This is government, everything is needlessly complicated. You cannot vote in the presidential election if you’re a U.S. citizen living in a U.S. territory (sincere apologies to: Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and the U.S. Minor Outlying Islands). Some states will also not allow you to vote if you have been convicted of a felony or are mentally incapacitated.
English Isn’t My First Language. Can I Vote?
Heck, yeah! Fill out and submit the National Mail Voter Registration Form and you can vote in any of the following languages: Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
I’m Turning Eighteen On Election Day. Can I Register To Vote?
That depends on your state. And this is going to be a very memorable birthday for you.
I Don’t Have An Address? Can I Vote?
You can. In place of your address, you can put a homeless shelter, park or street corner. Some states require you to have previously established residency; check with your local election officials for more information.
When Should I Register to Vote?
ASAP. Have you seen the news? Things are rough.
Just Tell Me When I Should Register, Okay?
Every state has a different registration deadline, and the deadlines range from 7 days before the election (Connecticut) to 30 days before the election (a lot of states). For safety’s sake, everyone should register no later than Oct. 7.
I Hate Going To The DMV. Can I Register Online?
You definitely can…provided you live in one of the 31 states that allows it.
I Love Going To The DMV. Can I Register There?
Yeah, you weirdo, you can register at the DMV. You can also register at armed services recruitment centers (Army, Navy, National Guard, etc.) and state and county public assistance offices. And, of course, you can register at your state or local election office.
I’m On A Dope Extended Vacation Outside The Country. What Do I Do?
Consider staying there permanently. And while you’re at it, register online and request an absentee ballot through the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
Dude, Am I Already Registered?
Dude, I have no idea. Check online at Can I Vote?
Should I Check?
Yes! Especially if you recently changed your name, moved or have a deep-seated distrust of bureaucracy.
Should I Tell My Friends About This Stuff?
You definitely should. And if you don’t have any friends, find some random people on the street and share this article with them.