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2020 State-by-State Voter Registration Deadlines

Election Day 2020 is on Tuesday, November 3rd, and it’s bound to be one of the most exciting and consequential elections so far this century. If you’re planning to participate, your first step is to check if you are registered to vote. Different states have different procedures and rules for voter registration, and different deadlines too. It pays to find out what your state requires so you don’t miss out on voting because you missed the deadline for registration. If you’ve recently moved, changed your name, or made other major changes, you may need to update your information for the 2020 Election.


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Each state has its own deadlines for registering to vote, and these deadlines may vary by the way in which you register (for example, online, in-person, or by mail). Some states allow for same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day. Some states may have different registration deadlines for special elections or primaries.

The following state-by-state guide will help you determine your voter registration deadline for the upcoming election on November 3rd.

STATEDEADLINE
AlabamaOctober 19th
AlaskaOctober 4th
ArizonaOctober 5th
ArkansasOctober 5th
CaliforniaOctober 19th; Same-day registration Oct. 20th through Election Day.
ColoradoOctober 26th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
ConnecticutOctober 27th; Same-day registration on Election Day.
DelawareOctober 10th
District of ColumbiaOctober 10th; Same-day registration on Election Day.
FloridaOctober 5th
GeorgiaOctober 5th
HawaiiOctober 5th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
IdahoOctober 9th; Same-day registration on Election Day.
IllinoisOctober 6th (Oct. 18th for online registration);
Same-day registration Oct. 7th through Election Day, although availability varies by county.
IndianaOctober 5th
IowaOctober 24th (Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Oct. 19th or received by Oct. 24th);
Same-day registration on Election Day.
KansasOctober 13th
KentuckyOctober 5th
LouisianaOctober 4th (Oct. 13th for online registration)
MaineOctober 13th; Same-day registration on Election Day.
Maryland October 13th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
MassachusettsOctober 24th
MichiganOctober 19th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
MinnesotaOctober 13th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
MississippiOctober 5th
MissouriOctober 7th
MontanaOctober 26th; Same-day registration on Election Day.
NebraskaOctober 16th (In-person on Oct. 23rd)
NevadaOctober 6th (Oct. 29th for online registration)
Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
New HampshireOctober 27th; Same-day registration on Election Day.
New JerseyOctober 13th
New MexicoOctober 6th; Same-day registration available until Oct. 31st at your County Clerk’s office.
New YorkOctober 9th (Mail-in registrations must be received by Oct. 14th)
North CarolinaOctober 9th; Same-day registration during early voting.
North DakotaNo registration necessary.
OhioOctober 5th
OklahomaOctober 9th
OregonOctober 13th
PennsylvaniaOctober 19th
Rhode IslandOctober 4th
South CarolinaOctober 2nd for in-person registration; email or fax by Oct. 4th; postmarked by Oct. 5th for mail-in.
South DakotaOctober 19th
TennesseeOctober 5th
TexasOctober 6th
UtahOctober 23rd; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
VermontNo deadline for registration. Same-day registration available every day, including Election Day.
VirginiaOctober 13th
WashingtonOctober 26th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
West VirginiaOctober 13th (For mail-in, must be received by Oct. 16th.)
WisconsinOctober 14th (Oct. 30th if registering in person.)
Same-day registration on Election Day.
WyomingOctober 19th; Same-day registration on Election Day.

Get registered to vote and make your voice heard

Even though Election Day may seem a long way off, your state’s registration deadline may be just around the corner. Whether you’re planning to register online, by mail, or in person, it’s important that you understand these deadlines if you hope to participate in one of our most cherished traditions. If you have additional questions or concerns about your voting rights, don’t hesitate to ask a lawyer.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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