THIS IS ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS. When people look back and say, what did you do in 2020? In the middle of a pandemic and mass protests against racism and inequality. And we can say we marched. We had tough conversations. We wore masks. We tore down racist monuments. We ran for office. We boycotted businesses. We voted.
Q: What’s the first thing I should do before I vote?
Make sure you are registered to vote. You can check your registration here. Once you’re registered to vote, decide on your voting method (voting by mail is a safe and easy option for most people) — and find your polling location if you decide to vote in person.
Q: Is voting by mail safe?
YES! 75% of US voters can vote by mail this fall. Voting by mail is convenient (saves you time!), 100% legit and Constitution approved, and keeps you and your community safe during the COVID-19 health crisis.
Q: I’m registered, but haven’t voted in the last few elections. Should I be worried?
First, double-check to make sure you’re still a registered voter. The definition of “inactive voter” varies by state, and a state can purge your name off the rolls, so make sure to check here before you head to the polls.
Q: Do I need a state ID to vote?
In most states, yes. Requirements vary from state to state. In most cases a photo ID is required, like a driver’s license, state-issued ID card, military ID card, or passport. You should always check your state’s requirements before you show up at the polls. You can use our KNOW YOUR STATE tool below. We got you covered.
Q: Which ballot should I use? (mail-in or absentee?)
Mail-in ballot if your state allows voting by mail. 75% of US voters can vote by mail this fall. Voting by mail is convenient (saves you time!), 100% legit and Constitution approved, and keeps you and your community safe during the COVID-19 health crisis.
Absentee Ballot for:
- College students who are not registered to vote at their school address
- People whose work or vacation take them away from the municipality where they live
- Those with a physical disability or illness that prevents them from going to the polling place
- Members of the military
- People who may have a conflict due to the celebration of a religious holiday
- Inmates who haven’t been convicted of a felony
- To vote by absentee ballot you must be registered to vote.
Q: Do I need to re-register to vote if I’ve moved?
Yes and no. If you live in a different state from which you are currently registered to vote, you can request an absentee ballot, which allows you to vote by mail out of state. If you move permanently to another state, you need to register to vote in that new state.
Q: I am a student. Can I register to vote at my school address?
YES! You have the right to register to vote at your school address – this includes a dorm room. If you receive mail in a Post Office box you can sign an affidavit (or, in some cases, get a letter from your college’s Residential Life office) confirming that you live at your dorm address.
Q: Can I register and vote if I don’t have a home address or am experiencing homelessness?
YES! You’ll need to provide an address when you register to vote – this is used to assign your voting districts and to send any election mail. Homeless registrants can list a shelter address, or can include the address where they sleep most often, like a street corner or park address.
Q: I know someone who’s mentally impaired/disabled. Can they vote?
YES! Voters with a psychiatric or other disability have the right to vote privately and independently, bring someone to help them vote, and get assistance from workers at the polling place.
Know Your State
Look up your state to get more information about registration deadlines, voting by mail, and what you need to take to the polls.
Choose Your State
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia