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.
|California||October 19th; Same-day registration Oct. 20th through Election Day.|
|Colorado||October 26th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.|
|Connecticut||October 27th; Same-day registration on Election Day.|
|District of Columbia||October 10th; Same-day registration on Election Day.|
|Hawaii||October 5th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.|
|Idaho||October 9th; Same-day registration on Election Day.|
|Illinois||October 6th (Oct. 18th for online registration);|
Same-day registration Oct. 7th through Election Day, although availability varies by county.
|Iowa||October 24th (Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Oct. 19th or received by Oct. 24th);|
Same-day registration on Election Day.
|Louisiana||October 4th (Oct. 13th for online registration)|
|Maine||October 13th; Same-day registration on Election Day.|
|Maryland||October 13th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.|
|Michigan||October 19th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.|
|Minnesota||October 13th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.|
|Montana||October 26th; Same-day registration on Election Day.|
|Nebraska||October 16th (In-person on Oct. 23rd)|
|Nevada||October 6th (Oct. 29th for online registration)|
Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
|New Hampshire||October 27th; Same-day registration on Election Day.|
|New Jersey||October 13th|
|New Mexico||October 6th; Same-day registration available until Oct. 31st at your County Clerk’s office.|
|New York||October 9th (Mail-in registrations must be received by Oct. 14th)|
|North Carolina||October 9th; Same-day registration during early voting.|
|North Dakota||No registration necessary.|
|Rhode Island||October 4th|
|South Carolina||October 2nd for in-person registration; email or fax by Oct. 4th; postmarked by Oct. 5th for mail-in.|
|South Dakota||October 19th|
|Utah||October 23rd; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.|
|Vermont||No deadline for registration. Same-day registration available every day, including Election Day.|
|Washington||October 26th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.|
|West Virginia||October 13th (For mail-in, must be received by Oct. 16th.)|
|Wisconsin||October 14th (Oct. 30th if registering in person.)|
Same-day registration on Election Day.
|Wyoming||October 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.