How To Register To Vote + Key Election Dates

We are thirty-eight days away from what may be the most historic presidential election of all time. Have you registered to vote? If you haven’t, you still have time, but the deadlines are nearing if you want to have a say. So, if you only do one thing today, mark your calendar for these key election dates. Deadlines vary by state, look for yours below. Then click here to complete online registration.

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Alabama

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 24
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 3
  • Absentee ballot return date: hand delivered or postmarked by Nov. 7
  • No early voting period.

Alaska

  • Voter registration deadline: online, fax, or postmarked by Oct. 9
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Oct. 29 or online by Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Oct. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 24 to Nov. 8

American Samoa

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 10
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Oct. 24
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 24 to Nov. 8

Arizona

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 10
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Oct. 28
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 12 to Nov. 8

Arkansas

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 10
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: fax by Nov. 1; post and in person Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 24 to Nov. 7

California

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 24
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8 and received by Nov. 11
  • No early voting period.

Colorado

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 31
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Automatic
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8 and received by Nov. 16
  • Early voting: Oct. 24 to Nov. 8

Connecticut

  • Voter registration deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

Delaware

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 15
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

District of Columbia

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 17
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 30 to Nov. 8

Florida

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 2
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 29 to Nov. 5

Georgia

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Sept. 20
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 17 to Nov. 7

Guam

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 28
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 5
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 10 to Nov. 7

Hawaii

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 10
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 25 to Nov. 5

Idaho

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 14
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 2
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 24 to Nov. 4

Illinois

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11; grace period between Oct. 12 and Nov. 8
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 3; in person by Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Sept. 29 to Nov. 7

Indiana

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11; post received by Nov. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Oct. 31; in person by Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • In-person absentee voting: Oct. 11 to Nov. 7

Iowa

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 29
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 4
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

Kansas

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 4
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Nov. 1 to Nov. 8

Kentucky

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

Louisiana

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 4 4:30 p.m. CDT
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 7 4:30 p.m. CST
  • Early voting: Oct. 25 to Nov. 1

Maine

  • Voter registration deadline: request for postal ballot by Oct. 18; in person by Nov. 8
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 3
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 10 to Nov. 7

Maryland

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: for postal ballot by Nov. 1; online by Nov. 4
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8; received by Nov. 18
  • Early voting: Oct. 27 to Nov. 3

Massachusetts

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 19
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 7; received by Nov. 18
  • Early voting: Oct. 24 to Nov. 4

Michigan

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 5 2 p.m. EDT
  • Absentee ballot return date: received by Nov. 7 8 p.m. EST
  • Early voting: Sept. 24 to Nov. 7

Minnesota

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Sept. 23 to Nov. 7

Mississippi

  • Voter registration deadline: postmarked by Oct. 8
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: in person by Nov. 5 5 p.m.; postmarked by Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

Missouri

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 12
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 2
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

Montana

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7 12 p.m. MST
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 10 to Nov. 7

Nebraska

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 21
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. CDT
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 3 to Nov. 7

Nevada

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 8; in person and online by Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting: Oct. 22 to Nov. 4

New Hampshire

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 29
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

New Jersey

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: postmarked by Nov. 1; in person by Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8 8 p.m. EST
  • No early voting period.

New Mexico

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 4
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Oct. 12 to Nov. 7

New York

  • Voter registration deadline: in person by Oct. 14; postmarked by Oct. 14; received by Oct. 19
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: postmarked by Nov. 1; in person by Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 7; received by Nov. 15
  • No early voting period.

North Carolina

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 14
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Oct. 27 to Nov. 5

North Dakota

  • Voter registration deadline: Not required
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 7
  • No early voting period.

Ohio

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 5
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 7; in person by Nov. 8; received by Nov. 18
  • Early voting period: Oct. 12 to Nov. 7

Oklahoma

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 14
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 2 5 p.m. CDT
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Nov. 3 8 a.m. CDT to Nov. 5 2 p.m. CDT

Oregon

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 3
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

Pennsylvania

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 4
  • No early voting period.

Rhode Island

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 9
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

South Carolina

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 8
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 4
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Oct. 10 to Nov. 7

South Dakota

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 24
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Sept. 24 to Nov. 7

Tennessee

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Oct. 19 to Nov. 3

Texas

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 11
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Oct. 28
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Oct. 24 to Nov. 4

Utah

  • Voter registration deadline: post received by Oct. 11; in person and online by Nov. 1
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 3
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Oct. 25 to Nov. 4

Vermont

  • Voter registration deadline: Nov. 2
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Sept. 25 to Nov. 7

Virginia

  • Voter registration deadline: online and post received by Oct. 10; in person by Oct. 31
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: online and post received by Oct. 10; in person by Oct. 31
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • No early voting period.

West Virginia

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 18
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 2
  • Absentee ballot return date: hand delivered and postmarked by Nov. 8; received by Nov. 18
  • Early voting period: Oct. 26 to Nov. 5

Wisconsin

  • Voter registration deadline: postmarked by Oct. 19; in person by Nov. 4
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 3 5 p.m. CDT
  • Absentee ballot return date: postmarked by Nov. 8; received by Nov. 8 8 p.m.
  • Early voting period: Oct. 24 to Nov. 4

Wyoming

  • Voter registration deadline: Oct. 24
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: Nov. 7
  • Absentee ballot return date: Nov. 8
  • Early voting period: Sept. 30 to Nov. 7

Information from US Vote Foundation.

 

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Lacey says:

    Love this!!!!! Such an important topic! I have to get mine changed to my new county this week!

    Lacey
    http://www.theglittergospelblog.com

  2. Melody says:

    What a great service you’ve provided. You always hear how it’s important to vote but rarely specific information.

  3. Mikayla says:

    So glad you shared this info! Definitely important to make sure to not miss the registration deadline.

  4. Thanks for all this helpful information. I’m going to get my registration in asap!
    xo, c.
    The Live Lovely Blog

  5. What a great idea for a post–everyone needs to know about this! And everyone needs to vote. Good stuff!

    Molly | Hey There Sunshine

  6. Miki Petite says:

    This was so helpful and nice of you to share! I had no idea my registration deadline was so soon–I need to make sure I’m all set to vote!

  7. Thanks for the breakdown of this. While I don’t think voting for president means anytime for us, voting on all the props is very important. I do like informative posts like this because it helps me figure out some of the logistics I’m not too familiar with! xx http://blingaholic88.com/

  8. elle spann says:

    loved this! i’ve never actually been able to vote in person! I was still only 17 on Obama’s first election and last election and did absentee! this year I’m getting married, so will prob have to do an absentee again!
    elle
    Southern Elle Style

  9. Amanda says:

    What a great reminder!!
    xoxo,
    Amanda | http://www.TheChambrayBunny.com

  10. Lauren says:

    Such a great reminder to register!!

    Fizz and Frosting

  11. Chelsea says:

    This is such an important post! Thanks for sharing!

    xx Chelsea
    http://www.organizedmessblog.com

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