How to Update Voter Registration in Each State
If you’ve ever voted before, you know that your voter registration information is tied to your residential address. Therefore, if moving to a new home is in your future, you’ll need to update your registration records with your new address.
The one small problem? When it comes to actually changing voter registration information, things are, well… complicated. Policies and procedures vary by state, so listen up! You’ll need to know a few key things before updating your voter registration or registering to vote for the first time at your new place:
Changing your address at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or filling out an Official USPS Change of Address Form will not automatically update your voter registration information.
Some states allow you to update your voter registration or register to vote online. Other states, however, require that you update your voter registration information or register to vote via snail mail or in person at public facilities such as state or local voter registration and/or election offices, the DMV, armed services recruitment centers, and state or county public assistance offices.
When you register to vote in a new location, election officials will ask you where you were last registered to vote. Your new election office will send a cancellation form to your previous election office, as your voter registration record should always reflect your current residence.
Plan accordingly! Most states have a voter registration deadline, sometime between two and four weeks before the election. You should verify your registration status a week prior to the voter registration deadline in your state in case you need to fill out a new registration form or correct your form.
It can take several weeks for elected officials to process your voter registration information updates. Most states send out voter registration cards within 5 to 7 weeks after receiving your registration information.
If you don’t know whether you’re registered to vote under your previous legal address, you can verify your registration status.
Scroll through the list below to find the state that you’re moving to, or within, in order to determine how to update your voter registration information or register to vote in every state.
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