What to Do If You Haven't Registered to Vote Yet

So you haven't registered to vote yet and election day is just days away? Don't stress! If life got in the way, you're registered in the wrong area or you just freaking forgot, thirteen states allow same day registration either before or on Election Day.

The list below indicates states that will allow you to register as late as Election Day, and below that are the things you need to make sure you face no obstacles once at your polling place.

States that allow same day registration:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

What to bring with you:

Proof of residency

To help with this, bringing with you a government ID and one other piece of information that shows your address will help. Examples are a utility bill, current lease, paycheck or cable/internet bill.


In order to verify you are who you are, it helps if you are able to bring two proofs of identity. Apart from a government ID, a passport, Social Security Card, or birth certificate can help with this. Not all states require your identification cards have a photo, but to be safe bring at least one that does.

If you're not sure if you're registered to vote, or to see if you're registered in an area you no longer live in, click this link to verify your registration status and receive more information on what to do in regards to your specific state.

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