Voter Registration Drive Instructions for All 50 States

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Alabama
Registration Deadline: All applications must be postmarked or submitted 15 days before the election.
Website: www.alabamavotes.gov
For More Information: 800-274-8683

Alaska
Registration Deadline: All applications must be postmarked or submitted 30 days before the election.
Specific Rules Apply: Please contact Catherine Houston, USW District 12 Rapid Response Coordinator, before beginning any registration drive at 510-457-5175.
Website: www.elections.alaska.gov/vi_voter_reg.php
For More Information: 866-952-8683

Arizona
Election Deadline: All applications must be received 29 days before the election.
Website: www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-election/register-vote-or-update-your-current-voter-information
For More Information: 602-542-8683

Arkansas
Registration Deadline: All applications must be postmarked or submitted 30 days before the election. If it falls on a Sunday, then submit 29 days before the election.
Additional Deadline: Those doing voter registration drives must turn in forms within 21 days or no later than 30 days prior to the election.
Website: www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections
For More Information: 800-482-1127

California
Registration Deadline: All applications must be postmarked or submitted 15 days before the election.
Additional Deadline: Those doing voter registration drives must turn in forms within three business days. Please review all of the state guidelines for voter registration drives at the link below. Automatic voter registration is in effect in CA, but best practice is to register or re-register if you are unsure.
Website:  www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/
For More Information: 916-657-2166

Colorado
Registration Deadline:  If you register to vote by mail or online at least 8 days before an election conducted by your county clerk and recorder, the clerk will automatically mail you a ballot.  If you register after the 8th day before an election conducted by your county clerk and recorder, you must visit one of the Voter Service and Polling Centers in your county to get a ballot. If you register to vote through a voter registration drive, your application must be submitted no later than 22 days before an election. You may register to vote by appearing in-person at a voter service and polling center through Election Day.
Specific Rules Apply: Please contact Catherine Houston, USW District 12 Rapid Response Coordinator, before beginning any registration drive at 510-457-5175.
Website: www.govotecolorado.com
For More Information: 303-894-2200
NOTE: The registration instructions in the National Voter Registration Form DO NOT reflect current deadlines. Please refer to the above instructions.

Connecticut
Registration Deadline: All applications must be postmarked or submitted 7 days before the election online, mail or in person. You may also register on Election Day at designated locations in each city or town. Automatic voter registration is in effect in CT, but best practice is to register or re-register if you are unsure.
Website: www.sots.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3179&q=563118
For More Information: 860-509-6100
NOTE: The registration instructions in the National Voter Registration Form DO NOT reflect current deadlines. Please refer to the above instructions.

Delaware
Registration Deadline: The fourth Saturday before a primary or general election, and 10 days before a special election. You must register with the state and go through training before conducting a voter registration drive if utilizing state forms.  There is no requirement for registering with the state or training when using the National Voter Registration Form.
Website:  www.ivote.de.gov
For More Information: 302-739-4277

Florida
Registration Deadline: All applications must be postmarked or submitted 29 days before the election.
Specific Rules Apply:  Please contact Shane Mitchell, USW District 9 Rapid Response Coordinator, before beginning any voter registration drive at 256-239-9981.
Website: www.dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voter-registration/
For More Information: 850-245-6290

Georgia
Registration Deadline: Postmarked or submitted 29 days before Election Day.
Specific Rules Apply: Please contact Shane Mitchell, USW District 9 Rapid Response Coordinator, before beginning any voter registration drive at 256-239-9981.
Website: www.georgia.gov/popular-topic/voting-georgia
For More Information: 404-656-2871

Hawaii
Registration Deadline: Received 30 days before Election Day.
Website: www.elections.hawaii.gov
For More Information: 808-453-8683

Idaho
Registration Deadline: Postmarked or submitted 25 days before Election Day. Registration is also available on Election Day at your polling place.
Website: www.idahovotes.gov/vinfo.htm
For More Information: 208-334-2852

Illinois
Registration Deadline: Regular registration is open year round except during the 27-day period just prior to an election and during the 2-day period after each election (1 day after in Chicago). Grace period registration is an extension of the regular registration deadline from the 27th day prior to an election through Election Day.  Grace period registration is only available “in-person” at sites authorized by each election authority.
Website: www.elections.il.gov/votinginformation/register.aspx
For More Information: 217-782-4141
Note: If you have interest in becoming a Deputy Registrar for the state, please contact the above number on instructions to do so.

Indiana
Registration Deadline: Postmarked or submitted 29 days before the election.
Additional Deadline: Those doing voter registration drives must turn in forms by noon ten days after receiving the registration or by the registration deadline, whichever comes sooner.
Website: www.indianavoters.in.gov
For More Information: 317-232-3939

Iowa
Registration Deadline: Postmarked or submitted 10 days before election or on Election Day at your polling place.
Website:  www.sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation
For More Information: 888-SOS-VOTE

Kansas
Registration Deadline: Postmarked or submitted online or in person 21 days before the election if mailed.
Website: www.kssos.org/elections/elections_registration.html
For More Information: 785-296-4561

Kentucky
Registration Deadline: 29 days before the election.
Website: www.elect.ky.gov/registertovote
For More Information: 800-246-1399

Louisiana
Registration Deadline: Received 30 days before Election Day unless that falls on a Sunday, in which case it is 29 days before Election Day.
Additional Deadline: Those doing voter registration drives must turn in forms within 30 days.
While voter registration training is not required by the state, it is suggested.
Website: www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/RegisterToVote
For More Information: 225-922-0900

Maine
Registration Deadline: If mailed or from a registration drive, received by the 21st day before the election. Registration can be done anytime in-person at your election office and on Election Day at your polling place.
Website: www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/votreg.html
For More Information: 207-624-7650

Maryland
Registration Deadline: 9:00 p.m. 21 days before the election.
Additional Deadline: Registrations must be submitted within 5 days of receiving them.  As a voter registration distributor, you must be 18 and advise each individual that he or she has the option to return the application personally to the county election office or permit you to return the application on the individual's behalf. Voter registration training is not required by the state, however, if you use state forms in a registration drive, the local board of elections can require training before giving out those materials.
Website:  www.elections.state.md.us/voter_registration/index.html
For More Information: 410-269-2862

Massachusetts
Registration Deadline: 20 days before the election.
Additional Deadline: Those doing voter registration drives must turn in forms within five days.
Please note that it is illegal to campaign or distribute campaign literature in any office where registration of voters is being conducted.
Website: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howreg.htm
For More Information: 617-727-2828

Michigan
Registration Deadline: 30 days before the election.
Website: www.mi.gov/vote
For More Information: 888-767-6424

Minnesota
Registration Deadline: Delivered by 5:00 p.m. 21 days before the election. There is also Election Day registration at polling places.
Additional Deadline: Those doing voter registration drives must turn in forms within 10 days.
Website: www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/
For More Information: 877-600-8683

Mississippi
Registration Deadline: Postmarked or submitted by the 5th Saturday before Election Day.
Website:  www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/Voter-Registration-Information.aspx
For More Information: 601-359-9372

Missouri
Registration Deadline:  Postmarked or submitted by the 4th Wednesday before Election Day.
Specific Rules Apply:  Please contact Bob Ryan, USW District 11 Rapid Response Coordinator, before beginning any registration drive at 612-623-8003.
Additional Deadline: Those doing voter registration drives must turn in forms within seven days.
Website: www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register
For More Information: 800-669-8683

Montana
Registration Deadline: Postmarked 30 days before the election unless it’s a Sunday in which case it’s 29 days. Registrations can also be returned in person any time after the advance deadline at your county election office including on Election Day.
Website:  sos.mt.gov/elections/Vote/index.asp
For More Information: 406-444-4732

Nebraska
Registration Deadline: Postmarked the third Friday before the election by mail. Received in person from voter at local election office the second Friday before the election by 6:00 pm.
Specific Rules Apply:  Please contact Bob Ryan, USW District 11 Rapid Response Coordinator, before beginning any registration drive at 612-623-8003.
Website:  www.sos.state.ne.us/elec/genvoterinfo.html
For More Information: 402-471-2554

Nevada
Registration Deadline: 31 days before Election Day by mail. 21 days if online or in-person.
Website:  www.nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=703
For More Information: 775-684-5705

New Hampshire
Please do not use the National Voter Registration form in New Hampshire.  Town and city clerks will treat the national form as a request for their own absentee voter mail‑in registration form.
To Register in NH: (from the NH Secretary of State website). You may register to vote in the town or city clerk's office in the town or city where you are domiciled up to 10 days before any election or scheduled meeting. It may be easier for you to register with your community's supervisors of the checklist. By law, they are required to meet on the Saturday 10 days prior to each election. Check the local newspaper(s) or call your clerk's office for the date and time of such meeting. Qualified individuals may also register to vote at the polling place on Election Day at all elections. No matter when or where you register to vote, you will be required to fill out a standard voter registration form, and you will be asked to show proof of identity, age, citizenship, and domicile. These qualifications may be established by signing affidavit(s).  Qualified individuals may also register to vote at the polling place on Election Day at all elections.
Website:  sos.nh.gov/VoterRegFAQ.aspx
For More Information: 603-271-3242

New Jersey
Registration Deadline: Received 21 days before the election. On Election Day at your polling place.
Website: www.nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information.html
For More Information: 609-292-3760

New Mexico
Registration Deadline: Postmarked or submitted 28 days before the election. In person any time after mail deadline and on Election Day at sites designated by your county election office.
Specific Rules Apply: Please contact Catherine Houston, USW District 12 Rapid Response Coordinator, before beginning any registration drive at 510-457-5175.
Website: www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/Voter_Registration_Information.aspx
Voter_Registration_Information.aspx
For More Information: 505-827-3600

New York
Registration Deadline: Postmarked 25 days and received 20 days before the election. Submitted in-person 25 days before the election.
Website:  www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html
For More Information: 518-474-1953

North Carolina
Registration Deadline: Postmarked 25 days before the election or received in the elections office or designated voter registration agency site by 5:00 p.m. 25 days before the election.
Website: www.ncsbe.gov/voter-info
For More Information: 866-522-4723

North Dakota
There is no voter registration in North Dakota.

Ohio
Registration Deadline: 30 days before the election.
Additional Deadline: Those doing voter registration drives must turn in forms within 10 days.
Website:  www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections/Voters/register.aspx
For More Information: 614-466-2655

Oklahoma
Registration Deadline: 25 days before the election.
Website: www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Register_to_Vote
For More Information: 405-521-2391

Oregon
Registration Deadline: 21 days before the election.
Additional Deadline: Those doing voter registration drives must turn in forms within 5 days. Automatic voter registration is in effect in OR, but best practice is to register or re-register if you are unsure.
Website: sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/my-vote.aspx
For More Information: 503-986-1518

Pennsylvania
Registration Deadline:  Received 30 days before the election.
Website: www.votespa.com
For More Information: 877-868-3772

Rhode Island
Registration Deadline: 30 days before the election.
Website: sos.ri.gov/elections/voters/register
For More Information: 401-222-2340

South Carolina
Registration Deadline: 30 days before the election.
Website: www.scvotes.org/south_carolina_voter_registration_information
For More Information: 803-734-9060

South Dakota
Registration Deadline:  Postmarked or submitted 15 days before the election.
Additional Deadline: Those doing voter registration drives must turn in forms within 10 days.
Any private person or entity registering voters is required to provide the registrant with their contact information (ex: give the person you are registering a piece of paper with your name and telephone number, give them a business card, etc.).
Website: sdsos.gov/elections-voting
For More Information: 605-773-3537

Tennessee
Registration Deadline: 30 days before the election.
Website: sos.tn.gov/products/elections/register-vote
For More Information: 877-850-4959

Texas
Registration Deadline: Received 30 days before the election.
Specific Rules Apply: Please contact Ben Lilienfeld, USW District 13 Sub-District 1 Director, before beginning any registration drive at 832-373-9754.
Website: votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/
For More Information: 512-463-5650

Utah
Registration Deadline: Postmarked 30 days before the election by mail. They can also be submitted 7 days before election online. If individuals want to register in person, they should contact their county clerk’s office for those deadlines.
Website: www.vote.utah.gov
For More Information: 801-983-0275

Vermont
Registration Deadline: Received 6 days before Election Day by 5pm. Automatic voter registration is in effect in VT, but best practice is to register or re-register if you are unsure.
Website: www.sec.state.vt.us/elections/voters/registration.aspx
For More Information: 800-439-8683

Virginia
Registration Deadline: Postmarked or submitted 22 days before the election.
Specific Rules Apply: Please contact Ronnie Watson, USW District 8 Rapid Response Coordinator, before beginning any registration drive at 540-354-6173.
Website: elections.virginia.gov/registration/how-to-register/index.html
For More Information: 804-864-8944

Washington
Registration Deadline: Postmarked or submitted the Monday four weeks before the election by mail or online. They can also be submitted in person on the Monday one week before the election in person.
Additional Deadline: Those doing voter registration drives must turn in forms within 5 days.
Website: www.vote.wa.gov
For More Information: 360-902-4180

West Virginia
Registration Deadline: 21 days before the election.
Additional Deadline: Those doing voter registration drives must turn in forms within 15 days. Automatic voter registration is in effect in WV, but best practice is to register or re-register if you are unsure.
Website: ovr.sos.wv.gov/Register
For More Information: 304-558-6000

Wisconsin
Registration Deadline: Postmarked 20 days before the election. In-person by the voter the Friday before the election. On Election Day at your polling place.
Website: www.gab.wi.gov/voters
For More Information: 608-266-8005

Wyoming
Do not use the National Voter Registration Form, as WY does not permit mail registration.  Voters can register at the polls on Election Day or register in person with a town or county clerk.  If not in WY or unable to go to a town or county clerk, fill out the WY state form in front of a notary or registry agent (proper identification needed in all cases).  Find details in the link below.
Website: soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/RegisteringToVote.aspx
For More Information: 307-777-5860

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