By what date should I register if I want to vote this year?

Voters should register as early as they can! We recommend that you file your registration form well in advance of the election date, and no later than 90 days before the election.

Most filing deadlines are 30 days prior to the election. You can check the deadline in your state by using our Election Dates and Deadlines directory. However, please allow extra time to get your application processed, especially if you're requesting an absentee ballot.

Note: Many states now allow fax and email options for registration and ballot requests. Unless you already have an active registration and original signature on file with your local election officials, however, those methods require that you follow up with a form via postal mail.