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How to register as a voter in your state

Voter Registration and Best Practices

Virginia

How to Register:

Online: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

  • You have to fill out the form, and then sign and print to send to your local registration office
  • For online form, you must have a social security number and a driver’s license or ID card with a customer number that you can enter

In Person/Mail:

Absentee Voting:  https://www.elections.virginia.gov/Files/Forms/VoterForms/VirginiaAbsenteeBallotApplication.pdf

Deadlines:

  • General Election: must register 22 days before election
  • Primary Election: must register 22 days before election
  • Special Election: must register 13 days before election
    • Special Elections called by governor: 7 days before election

DATES:

  • May 21st: last day to register to vote in primaries
  • June 12th: Primary Election Day

 

Florida

How to Register:

In Person/Mail:

Absentee Voting: must vote by mail, which must be requested from Supervisor of Elections; more info on this website: http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/voting/vote-by-mail/

Deadlines:

  • Must be registered 29 days before an election

DATES:

  • July 30th: last day to register in primaries
  • August 28th: Primary Election Day

 

Pennsylvania

How to Register:

Online:

In Person:

Mail:

  • Get a Voter Registration Mail Application form from the state or federal government. The Secretary of the Commonwealth and all county registration commissions supply Voter Registration Mail Applications to all persons and organizations who request them, including candidates, political parties and political bodies and other federal, state and municipal offices.
  • Print, complete, sign, and mail the form below to local County Voter Registration Application: http://www.votespa.com/en-us/Documents/VRMA%20English.pdf

Absentee Voting: must be received by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election; can fill out this form to get absentee ballot: https://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot/pennsylvania/

Deadlines:

  • 30 days prior to any election

DATES:

  • April 10th: last day to register to vote in primaries
  • May 10th: Primary Election Day

 

Michigan

How to Register:

In Person/Mail:

Absentee Voting: request for a ballot must be received by 2 p.m. on the Saturday before the election; application is: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/AVApp_535884_7.pdf

Deadlines:

  • 30 days prior to any election

DATES:

  • July 8th: last day to register to vote in primaries
  • August 7th: Primary Election Day

 

Texas

How to Register

Online:

In Person:

Mail:

  • Obtain an application from Voter Registrar, library, government office, or high school to mail

Absentee Voting: instructions for absentee ballots are available here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqabbm.shtml

Deadlines:

  • 30 days prior to any election

DATES:

  • February 5th: last day to register to vote in primaries
  • March 6th: Primary Election Day

 

Planning a Voter Registration Drive:

  • Figure out your goals
    • How many people do you want to register?
    • Where do you want to target (specific neighborhoods, demographics, etc.)?
  • Know your state’s voter registration laws
    • Find your state’s elections office here: https://classic.fec.gov/pubrec/stateelection.shtml
    • Be familiar with who is and is not eligible to vote
    • Make sure to check age-requirements and not register those who do not meet the requirements
    • Check to see if your state requires proof of citizenship
  • Recruit and train volunteers
  • Figure out which form to use to register voters (county, state, or national form)
    • Consider having forms in other languages if available
  • Publicize your registration drive
  • Registering voters
    • Consider going to high concentrated areas, i.e. malls, libraries, festivals, community events, farmers markets, etc.
    • Consider tabeling at a local university or community college
    • Phone bank
    • Hold an issue forum or town hall (more info on how-to here: https://www.aauw.org/resource/organize-an-issue-forum/)
    • Avoiding writing on registration forms yourself
    • Do not discuss party affiliation; your only goal is to register people
    • Make sure handwriting is legible
    • Return registration forms as soon as possible, adhere to deadlines
    • Can partner with National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 25th) campaign: https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/
  • Follow-up with voters
    • Get contact information to remind them of important deadlines and election dates

 

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