Voter Registration Deadlines

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Voter and Election Day Registration Deadlines by State
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Alabama

  • In Person: 15 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 15 days before Election Day.

N/A

Alaska

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked at least 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.

N/A

Arizona

  • In Person: 29 days before Election Day, or on the next immediate business day if the deadline falls on a legal holiday or weekend.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 29 days before Election Day, and received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Online: 29 days before Election Day.

N/A

Arkansas

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day. If this falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, then on the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day. If this falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, then on the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.
  • Online: N/A

N/A

California

  • In Person: 15 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 15 days before Election Day.

If the voter registration deadline has passed, you can still conditionally register to vote and cast a provisional ballot in person at your County Elections Office at any time up to and including Election Day. You can also conditionally register at your polling place on Election Day. Your provisional ballot will be counted when your County Elections Official verifies your voter registration.

Conditional registration may also be available in County Elections satellite offices and vote centers.

Colorado

  • In Person: Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 8 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 8 days before Election Day.

You can register and cast a ballot up through Election Day by appearing in-person at a Voter Service and Polling Center during the Early Voting period or on Election Day. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Connecticut

  • In Person: Submitted by noon the last business day before Election Day of a primary election. Submitted 7 days before Election Day of a general election. In addition, Connecticut also has Election Day registration on the Election Day of general elections.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 5 days before Election Day of a primary election. Postmarked 7 days before Election Day of a general election.
  • Online: Submitted 5 days before Election Day of a primary election. Submitted 7 days before Election Day of a general election.

If the voter registration deadline has passed, you can still register to vote and vote in person at a designated Election Day Registration office from 6am to 8pm during general elections if you are not registered in Connecticut or are registered in another Connecticut municipality. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Delaware

  • In Person: The fourth Saturday before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked by the fourth Saturday before Election Day.
  • Online: The fourth Saturday before Election Day.

N/A

District of Columbia

  • In Person: If you submit your application in person at the Board of Elections or another voter registration agency, your application should be received no later than the day before the start of the early voting period. OR If you miss the deadline, Same-Day Registration is available during Early Voting and on Election Day, with proof of residency.
  • By Mail: Received 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular polling place or early voting site to register and vote. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions. You will need to bring proof of residency, such as a government photo ID, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or pay check that shows your current name and address.

Florida

  • In Person: 28 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received or postmarked 28 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 28 days before Election Day.

N/A

Georgia

  • In Person: The fifth Monday before Election Day, unless that day is a legal holiday, in which case the deadline is the close of business son the following day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked the fifth Monday before Election Day.
  • Online: The fifth Monday before Election Day, unless that day is a legal holiday, in which case the deadline is the close of business son the following day.

N/A

Hawaii

  • In Person: Election Day, though voters who register fewer than 10 days before Election Day may need to vote a provisional ballot.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 10 days before Election Day, extended to the next business day if this falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
  • Online: Election Day, though voters who register fewer than 10 days before Election Day may need to vote a provisional ballot.

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote online any time on or before Election Day. You can also register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time on or before Election Day at a Voter Service Center in your county, starting 10 days before Election Day. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Idaho

  • In Person: 25 days before Election Day. If you miss this deadline, you may also register on Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day. If you miss this deadline, you may also register on Election Day.
  • Online: 25 days before Election Day. If you miss this deadline, you may also register on Election Day.

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during early voting (if your county conducts early voting) or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular polling place or early voting site to register and vote. You will need to show proof of residence and a photo ID. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Illinois

  • In Person: Received 28 days before Election Day (If voters miss this deadline, they may also register during the registration grace period.)
  • By Mail: Postmarked 28 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 16 days before Election Day. (If voters miss this deadline, they may also register during the registration grace period.)

You can also register in person (and vote) at your local elections office during the "grace period." The grace period starts 27 days before Election Day and ends on Election Day. Grace Period Voting does not take place at your regular polling place. Grace Period Voting is typically available at your Local Election Office. Contact your Local Election Office for more information.

Indiana

  • In Person: Received by close of business 29 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 29 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 29 days before Election Day.

N/A

Iowa

  • In Person: 15 days before Election Day. You can also register to vote in-person during early vote or on Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 15 days before Election Day.

You can register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular polling place or early voting site to register and vote. You should bring valid photo ID and, if the ID does not list your current address, also proof of residence. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Kansas

  • In Person: 21 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.

N/A

Kentucky

  • In Person: 29 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 29 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 29 days before Election Day.

N/A

Louisiana

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 20 days before Election Day.

N/A

Maine

  • In Person: Received by close of polls Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by close of business 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

If you register to vote within 21 days of an election, including on Election Day, you must register in person at the municipal registrar. Proof of identity and proof of residence is required. Contact your Local Election Office with any questions.

Maryland

  • In Person: 21 days before Election Day. You may also register during early voting or on Election Day with proof of address. See Election Day registration instructions.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 21 days before Election Day. You may also register during early voting or on Election Day with proof of address. See Election Day registration instructions.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day. You may also register during early voting or on Election Day with proof of address. See Election Day registration instructions.

You can register to vote in-person during early voting and on Election Day. You will need to bring a current and valid photo ID card (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA-issued ID card, student, employee, or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other State or federal government-issued ID card); or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address and that is dated within 3 months of the election.

Massachusetts

  • In Person: 10 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 10 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 10 days before Election Day.

N/A

Michigan

  • In Person: Any time up to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day at your city or township clerk office. The voter registration deadline is 15 days before Election Day, if you submit an application form through a voter registration drive or deliver it to a county clerk or secretary of state office.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 15 days before Election Day.

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on Election Day at your city or township clerk's office (not at your polling location). If you plan to register in person within 14 days of Election Day, you will need to present proof of residency. To register under these rules, Contact your Local Election Office with any questions.

Minnesota

  • In Person: Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time during the in-person absentee voting period or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular in-person absentee voting site -- or to your regular polling place -- to register and vote. You should bring a valid and current Minnesota driver's license, learner's permit, ID card (or receipt for one of these IDs), or a Tribal ID. If the ID does not list your current name and address, bring it or a different photo ID in addition to a document with your current name and address. The document can be a utility bill, credit card or banking statement, or mortgage or lease statement due or dated within 30 days of the election; a current lease; or a student fee statement. It can be shown on your electronic device. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Mississippi

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day. If the 30th day falls on a Sunday or legal holiday, then the in-person deadline is extended to the next regular business day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day. If the 30th day falls on a Sunday or legal holiday, then the postmark deadline is extended to the next regular business day.
  • Online: N/A

N/A

Missouri

  • In Person: Received by the fourth Wednesday prior to Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked by the fourth Wednesday prior to Election Day.
  • Online: Received by the fourth Wednesday before Election Day.

N/A

Montana

  • In Person: Noon, the day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day and received 27 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

N/A

Nebraska

  • In Person: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 18 days before Election Day; or, if the postmark is not readable, received 14 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 18 days before Election Day.

N/A

Nevada

  • In Person: 28 days before Election Day (or same-day registration during early voting or on Election Day).
  • By Mail: Postmarked 28 days before Election Day. If you miss this deadline, you may be eligible to register during early vote or on Election Day.
  • Online: 5 days before Election Day. If you miss this deadline, you may be eligible to register during early vote or on Election Day.

You may register to vote in-person at the polling place either during early voting or on Election Day. You must show a valid Nevada driver’s license or identification card at the polls to vote. If the identification does not have your current address, you must also show proof of residency.

New Hampshire

  • In Person: Election Day. Before Election Day, the last day to register is the last meeting of the Supervisors of the Checklist. The supervisors meet once, 6-13 days before Election Day. Check your town/city website, or call your clerk's office for the date, time, and location of the Supervisor's meeting.
  • By Mail: Received between 6 and 13 days before Election Day, depending on which town you live in.
  • Online: N/A

If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time on Election Day. Simply go to your regular polling place or early voting site to register and vote. Voters should bring a valid photo ID to vote. Voters that do not bring a valid photo ID execute a challenged voter affidavit form and will later receive a letter requesting confirmation they voted. Contact your Local Election Office for questions about the process or identification requirements.

New Jersey

  • In Person: 21 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.

N/A

New Mexico

  • In Person: Through the Saturday before Election Day at the county clerk's office (or other location the county clerk authorizes). 28 days before Election Day otherwise.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 28 days before Election Day. An application may be accepted through the Friday following the deadline if the application is postmarked before the deadline.
  • Online: 28 days before Election Day.

New Mexico may offer same-day voter registration in 2022. To register before voting, you will need to bring one of the following: 

(1) a New Mexico driver’s license or New Mexico identification card issued through the motor vehicle division of the taxation and revenue department;

(2) any document that contains an address in the county together with a photo identification card; or

(3) a current valid student photo identification card from a post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico accompanied by a current student fee statement that contains the student’s address in the county.

Contact your local election officials for details. 

New York

  • In Person: 25 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day. Received 20 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 25 days before Election Day.

N/A

North Carolina

  • In Person: The Saturday before Election Day if voting early in person. (Otherwise 25 days before Election Day.)
  • By Mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day. If the postmark is missing or unclear, the application will still be processed if it is received 20 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 25 days before Election Day.

Same day registration is generally only available during the early voting period, but not on Election Day. One of the following documents is required: a North Carolina driver's license, other photo identification issued by a government agency, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document showing the voter’s name and address, a current college/university photo identification card paired with proof of campus habitation or other photo ID that has been approved for voting purposes. 

Certain individuals that become qualified to vote between the registration deadline (the 25th day before Election Day) and Election Day may apply to register on Election Day by submitting an application to: a member of the county board of elections, the county director of elections, or the chief judge or a judge of the precinct in which the person is eligible to vote. If the application is approved, the individual may vote the same day. This applies to those individuals who recently become naturalized citizens of the U.S. or who have restored to citizenship after a felony conviction, but it does not apply to individuals who were 17 years old and reach 18 after the registration deadline.

North Dakota

  • In Person: North Dakota does not require voter registration. Therefore, an eligible voter may vote in an election if the voter provides acceptable identification.
  • By Mail: North Dakota does not require voter registration. Therefore, an eligible voter may vote in an election if the voter provides acceptable identification.
  • Online: N/A

North Dakota does not require voter registration. Therefore, an eligible voter may vote in an election if the voter provides acceptable identification.

Ohio

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day, extended to the next business day if this falls on a Sunday or holiday.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day, extended to the next business day if this falls on a Sunday or holiday.
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day, but extended to next business day if a Sunday or holiday.

N/A

Oklahoma

  • In Person: 25 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 25 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

N/A

Oregon

  • In Person: 21 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.

N/A

Pennsylvania

  • In Person: Received 15 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 15 days before Election Day.

N/A

Rhode Island

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.

You may register in person on Election Day at your local Board of Canvassers but only for Presidential elections.

South Carolina

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day. The postmark deadline is extended to the next business day if this falls on a Sunday or holiday.
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day.

N/A

South Dakota

  • In Person: 15 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

N/A

Tennessee

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day. If this falls on a Sunday or legal holiday, then the next business day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day. If this falls on a Sunday or legal holiday, then the next business day.
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day. If this falls on a Sunday or legal holiday, then the next business day.

N/A

Texas

  • In Person: Received 30 days before Election Day. If that day is a weekend or national holiday, then must be received by the next business day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked by 30 days before Election Day. If that day is a weekend or national holiday, then must be postmarked by the next business day.
  • Online: N/A

N/A

Utah

  • In Person: Received 11 days before Election Day by the county clerk, but voters may also register during early vote and on Election Day. However, voters must vote by provisional ballot if they register in person during early voting or on Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 11 days before Election Day.

An individual who is not registered to vote may register and vote on election day or during the early voting period by voting a provisional ballot, if: 

  1. the individual is otherwise legally entitled to vote the ballot; 
  2. the ballot is identical to the ballot for the precinct in which the individual resides;
  3. the information on the provisional ballot form is complete; and
  4. the individual provides valid voter identification and proof of residence to the poll worker.

Vermont

  • In Person: Election Day (you must show proof of residence to register at the polls on Election Day).
  • By Mail: Received Election Day. However, if your application is received on Election Day, your application may not be processed and your name may not appear on the checklist and you may be asked to fill out another application at the polls. To be sure your name appears on the checklist, please register by the Friday before the election.
  • Online: Election Day. But if you register online the day before or on Election Day, your application may not be processed and your name may not appear on the checklist and you may be asked to fill out another application at the polls. To be sure your name appears on the checklist, please register by the Friday before the election.

You can register to vote on Election Day at your polling place. You must show proof of residence to register at the polls on Election Day.

Virginia

  • In Person: Received by close of business 22 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 22 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received by 11:59 PM 22 days before Election Day.

N/A

Washington

  • In Person: Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 8 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 8 days before Election Day

Individuals may register to vote in their county auditor's office, the division of elections if in a separate city from the county auditor's office, a voting center, or other location designated by the county auditor in his or her county of residence no later than 8:00pm on the day of the primary, special election, or general election. The registration process and requirements for registering on Election Day are the same as for filling out a paper registration form or the online form.

West Virginia

  • In Person: 21 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 21 days before Election Day.

N/A

Wisconsin

  • In Person: The Friday before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked at least 20 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 20 days before Election Day.

Individuals may register to vote in person at your polling place on Election Day. All individuals must provide both a proof of residency document and proof of identification to register on election Day.

Wyoming

  • In Person: Received 14 days before Election Day. After this date, individuals may still register and vote absentee at the same time within that two week period or at the polls on Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 14 days before Election Day. After this date, individuals may register to vote by mail if their registration is also accompanied by an absentee ballot request.
  • Online: N/A

You may register to vote at the polls on Election Day.