Considering everything involved with moving to a new state, the need to update your voter registration is probably the last thing on your mind.
But your ability to vote is tied to your permanent address. That's why it’s so important you update it when you move.
Don’t lose your right to vote because you realized too late that you had to change your registration!
HOW TO CHANGE YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION AFTER MOVING TO A NEW STATE:
In general, you have three ways that you can register to vote: by mail, in person or online. Keep in mind, however, that some states do not offer online registration, while others do not accept mail-in forms.
For those who prefer to update their registration via snail mail, they can download and print the National Mail Voter Registration Form.
Important: You must follow the specific instructions listed for your state. Beginning on page 3 of the form, the states are listed alphabetically. After filling out this form, you must sign your name where indicated and then send the form to your state or local election office for processing. Be sure you mail it in an envelope with the proper amount of postage.
Please note that North Dakota, Wyoming, New Hampshire and U.S. territories (Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) do not accept this form for registering or updating your registration. Check with your state election office to learn how to register to vote if you have moved into one of these areas.
For those who prefer face-to-face interactions, you can register at these locations:
- State or local election offices
- The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
- Any public facility where the state allows voter registration (public library, public school, or the city or county clerk’s office)
The most convenient way to update registration, you can simply fill in a form and submit it to your new state's election officials. Keep in mind, however, that not all states have set up an electronic system.
States with online voter registration:
The following states provide online registration. But before you can apply online, you’ll need a valid driver’s license with your new state's address.
State Registration Deadlines
These deadlines can vary widely depending on where you live. Some states have specific deadlines, but will allow citizens to register at the polls on Election Day. Don't wait. Be sure to check with your state or local election office for more information.
Alaska, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah: 30 days before the election
Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Washington: 29 days before the election
Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico: 28 days before the election
Idaho, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma: 25 days before the election
Virginia: 22 days before the election
Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon West Virginia: 21 days before the election
Massachusetts and Wisconsin: 20 days before the election
Alabama, California, South Dakota: 15 days before the election
Connecticut: 14 days before the election
Iowa: 10 days before the election
Delaware: The 4th Saturday before a primary or general election, or 10 days before a special election
Georgia: The 5th Monday before the election
Nebraska: The 3rd Friday before the election
Nevada: The 5th Saturday before any primary or general election
New Hampshire and Wyoming: Must register in person or at the polls
North Dakota: No voter registration required but must have a valid ID
Vermont: Before 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before the election
Have further questions? The United States Election Assistance Commission should be able to point you in the right direction!