How to Update Voter Registration After Moving

How to Update Your Voter Registration After Moving

Posted by Steinway Moving & Storage on Nov 4, 2016 9:39:47 AM

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.

By mail

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.

In person

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)

Online

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.

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

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

 

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!

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