Non-partisan, nonprofit organization Rock the Vote has info to help you register and to make sure you have the resources you need to vote!
Don’t wait until the last minute!
Check out Rock the Vote’s resources now to make sure you’re ready and signed up to get any election-related updates:
- Not sure if or where you’re registered to vote? Check your voter status here.
- Not registered? Register to vote here.
Your Voice Is Powerful!
- Sign up to get election-related notifications that affect you: Sign up for election reminders here.
Frequently Asked Questions from Eligible Voters
Does my vote even count?
Yes! It may sound cliché but every vote matters. Think of it this way: the only vote that doesn’t matter is the one that was never cast. There are 80 million young people. Together, we will be heard.
- The 2016 presidential election was decided by fewer than 80,000 out of 136 million votes cast.
- In 2017, a single vote determined the winner of a state house race in Virginia, which decided the party majority in a 50-50 split legislature.
- In 2017, youth turnout in the Philadelphia District Attorney race increased by 279% resulting in the election of a new district attorney.
Why should I register?
In all states except North Dakota, voters have to be registered to vote in order to cast a ballot. Most states have registration deadlines from early to mid-October. Some states allow same-day registration, which means voters can register when they go to vote in person.
With more states looking to implement vote-by-mail policies in 2020, it will be important for voters to be registered early. Vote-by-Mail states will automatically send eligible voters their ballot to complete at home. To be eligible, voters need to be registered ahead of the printing and mailing of ballots.
Check rockthevote.org to find important registration deadlines and determine whether same-day registration is an option in your state.
Why should I vote?
There are many reasons why a person votes; yours may be different from anyone else’s. But voting is the way we build a more representative government that reflects our values. We select candidates and vote in the form of ballot measures, propositions and referendums that address the issues we face as individuals, communities, and as a country.
On November 3, 2020, voters will elect the U.S. President, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 34 of the 100 Senators, 13 governors, and many state and local elected officials. Voting is the most powerful tool we have in our democracy to determine the values and direction of our country and our communities.
When do I vote?
There are presidential primaries and state primaries throughout the year, so check rockthevote.org to find dates of upcoming primaries and local elections and election changes.
The 2020 U.S. General Election will be on Tuesday, November 3rd.
You may have flexible voting options such as vote-by-mail, absentee voting, or early voting. Some states require an excuse to take advantage of these options. In that case, let officials know you won’t be available to cast a ballot in person (e.g. you may be out of town, unable to get out of school or work, having a medical procedure, etc.).
Due to the uncertainties caused by COVID-19, more states are considering flexible voting options. Each state has its own policies, and these are ever-evolving; be sure to visit rockthevote.org and sign up for election reminders to be notified of election-related changes and flexible voting options.
What if I don’t believe in voting?
Everyone’s entitled to their opinions and beliefs but, by definition a democracy requires participation of the people. This is a government for the people, of the people, and by the people.
If you aren’t inspired by particular candidates, consider how they align on the issues you care about, and then plan to hold them accountable to those issues once they are in office. Don’t forget to look locally to how candidates and elected officials are weighing in on issues at the state and city levels, through your state’s legislature or your city council. Many states also have ballot measures, propositions, or referendums that allow you to vote directly on issues and policies.
Which address do I use to register?
Use the address where you reside and intend to vote. College students are able to register on the campus where they live during the school year, or at home.
Who’s on the ballot?
On November 3, 2020, voters will elect the U.S. President, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 34 of the 100 Senators, 13 governors, and many state and local officials. The specifics of who and what are on your ballot vary by location, and this information is often not available until close to election day.
Visit Rock the Vote to view a sample ballot and learn more about who and what are on your ballot.
How can I check my voter registration status?
Check your voter registration status here: https://rtvote.com/2WRVGI2
Can I register to vote at my college or university address?
Yes, if you are a student away from home, you may register and vote using either your school address or your home address, but you may not vote at both. Registering at one address or another does not impact your financial aid, taxes, or any other social benefits. If deciding between the two addresses, consider where you’ll be on Election Day and what flexible voting options exist at each address. Go to rockthevote.org to register and to find more information about flexible voting options to determine where to vote.
Can I register to vote using a P.O. Box?
No; you must provide a valid place of residence as your address on your registration application.
My address has changed. Do I need to re-register?
Yes, in almost every place you will need to reregister. Visit rockthevote.org to reregister with your new address.
I want to vote, but I will not be in my home precinct on Election Day. Can I still vote?
Absolutely. Go to www.rockthevote.org/voting-information for details on getting an absentee
ballot from your state or to see if your state offers early voting.
If I register to vote, am I going to be called for jury duty?
Juror lists are created from a variety of state databases, including lists of taxpayers and drivers – so if you have a driver’s license or pay taxes, you are already on the state’s list of eligible jurors. That said, we think serving on the jury is a pretty powerful thing to do. Regardless, you can be called to serve on a jury even if you don’t register to vote.
I’m experiencing homelessness and don’t have a permanent residence. Can I still register to vote?
Yes; use the address of where you sleep as the place of residence on your registration application.
Where do I vote?
Your voting location depends on where you live and how you are voting (by mail, early voting, or in person on Election Day). Visit rockthevote.org close to Election Day to look up your specific polling location.