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Table of Contents
- Want to learn about us?
- Where do we get our information?
- Are we the government?
- Is my information protected?
- What should I bring with me when I go vote?
- How do I check if my registration is active?
- Where can I find my voting location?
- When is the deadline to register to vote in my state?
- Do I need to re-register to vote if I did not vote in the last election?
- What are closed and open primaries?
- Can I vote if I have been arrested?
- How do I get a new voter’s registration card?
- Is my voter information private or public?
- How do I vote if I am out of state?
- Can I change my vote if I voted early?
- I voted by mail. How do I make sure my vote was counted?
- Can I see my county’s ballot before the election?
- What happens if an election official says I am not eligible to vote?
- Is my employer required to give me time off to vote?
- When do I need to update or change my voter registration?
1. Want to learn about us?
We are not affiliated with the government in any way. We are a private company that engaged writers to research the voter registration process and compiled a guide and the following answers to frequently asked questions. Our goal is to help you learn how to register to vote by providing useful information on the process. We are not providing legal or financial advice. If you need such advice please contact an attorney or a financial advisor.
2. Where do we get our information?
Our team of writers conducts online research about topics that are important to you. We find information that’s already online, but we put it together to make things easier for you. We do the online research. We call local offices and ask questions.
Then we take the information and give it to you in a way that’s clear and easy to understand.
3. Are we the government?
No, we are not the government. Our company is private. We find information that’s already online, but we put it together to make things easier for you. We want to give you the best help that we can.
4. Is my information protected?
5. What should I bring with me when I go to vote?
Depending on your state, you may need to bring a form of valid ID. Some states require photo IDs while others may accept non-photo IDs. Some states do not require any form of identification. These rules also apply if you are voting by absentee ballots, with some states requiring you to mail a copy of a valid ID with your ballot.
6. How do I check if my registration is active?
To find out if your registration is active, contact your state or local election office. In many states, you can easily check your voter registration online through the state’s official election office site.
7. Where can I find my voting location?
If you cannot find your voting location on your voter’s registration card, you may be able to find it online on your state’s official election office website.
8. When is the deadline to register to vote in my state?
Each state has its own voter registration deadlines, and the deadlines may be different for different registration methods (i.e. online, by mail, etc.). You can learn about state voter registrations for 2020 here, but if you want to be extra certain, contact your state or local election office for more information.
9. Do I need to re-register to vote if I did not vote in the last election?
Depending on your state, you may need to re-register. Some states “purge” inactive voters from their rolls, so be sure to check with your state or local election office to check the status of your voter’s registration.
10. What are closed and open primaries?
A primary is an election where citizens vote on which candidate will represent a party in a national election. In a closed primary, only voters who are registered under a given political party can vote in that party’s primary election. In an open primary, any voter can vote in a party’s election regardless of political affiliation.
11. Can I vote if I have been arrested?
Yes, as long as you have not been convicted of a felony in a state with felony disenfranchisement laws. If you have been convicted of a felony, your right to vote may be impacted, depending on your state’s felony voting laws.
12. How do I get a new voter’s registration card?
You may request a duplicate voter’s registration card by contacting your state or local election office. In some states, you may be able to complete this task easily online.
13. Is my voter information private or public?
Your voter information is largely public with few exceptions. This means you may not be able to opt-out of sharing your name, party affiliation, contact information and even home address and date of birth. However, you may be able to keep this information private if you meet certain criteria, such as being a victim of stalking or domestic violence.
14. How do I vote if I am out of state?
If you are out of state or plan to be out of state during an election, you have a few options for casting a ballot. For example, if you will be in your county a few days prior to the election, you may be able to cast a ballot in person at an early voting location. If this is not an option, however, you may be able to request an absentee ballot to cast your vote by mail. Each state has its own rules around who can request an absentee ballot, so reach out to your state or local election office for more detailed information.
15. Can I change my vote if I voted early?
You may change your vote only if you live in one of the few states or counties that allow this practice. However, even in states and counties that allow you to change your vote, you must typically do so before the vote has been counted.
16. I voted by mail. How do I make sure my vote was counted?
The most direct way to tell if your ballot was counted is simply to contact your state or local election office and ask. In some counties, you may be able to access this information online through an official election office website.
17. Can I see my county’s ballot before the election?
Yes, many states and counties offer sample ballots a certain number of days before an election or during election day. Some states or local authorities mail sample ballots while others make them available on request. A few states require officials to post sample ballots outside all designated voting locations. Contact your state or local election office to find out if you can view a sample ballot for an upcoming election.
18. What happens if an election official says I am not eligible to vote?
If you believe you are eligible to vote but you are not allowed to cast a regular ballot, you can fill out a provisional ballot instead. Also referred to as “affidavit” or “challenge” ballots, these ballots are reviewed after the election and may require you to complete additional steps, such as verifying your identity or residence.
19. Is my employer required to give me time off to vote?
In many states, employers are required to give you paid time off to vote, but this is not the case in all states. There are a few states that only allow for unpaid time off and some states with no employer requirement at all.
20. When do I need to update or change my voter registration?
You usually need to update your voter registration if you want to change your party affiliation or address (if you moved within the same county). However, if your name has changed or you have moved to a different county, you may need to re-register to vote rather than update an existing registration. Reach out to your state or local election office for the most updated requirements.