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How to Register to Vote Online (or Check Your Registration Status)

The right to vote for political leaders is one of the most treasured privileges that citizens of the United States have. It’s a civic duty granted by both the Constitution and state law, but you still have to be a registered voter to have a say. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 31 states and Washington, D.C., allow for online voter registration, while another six states have passed laws permitting it but do not yet have websites in place.

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Each state's application process is a little different, and each state has its own individual website. Some, like New York, require you to create an account, while others allow you to start the process without a login.

Before you register to vote, collect the following information, which the site may ask for:

  • Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver's license or other state ID card number

In some states, if you don't have a driver's license or other state ID, you may be redirected to vote with a paper application.

Below, you'll find links to state voter-registration portals. Be sure to check with your state secretary or county clerk to make sure you are registering in time to vote in the next applicable election.

States with Online Voter Registration

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Mexico
New York
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia

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States that Have Passed Laws to Allow Online Voter Registration

Florida
Idaho
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Wisconsin

How Do I Check My Registration Status?

If you just registered to vote (or don't remember if you have done so), you may be eager to check your status.

The majority of the states above will let you check your registration status on the same website you use to register to vote. For others, it's trickier. Some states, like New Jersey, let you check your voter registration details online, despite not letting you register online. Visit your department of state's (or equivalent office's) website for details.

The Best Way to Register to Vote in All States and Territories

Whether or not you can register to vote online, you should still sign up to vote using the methods available to you. (It's your civic duty, after all.) The federal government offers a website, vote.usa.gov, to help you. This site lists all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Pick your state or U.S. territory from the drop-down menu to learn the easiest way to apply, which may be via the online portal, by snail mail or in person.

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