How do I register to vote?
You can register using the process in the state where you live or by using the national mail voter registration form. Please note that registration requirements vary by state, so be sure to check with your state to find out what is required.
If I have changed my address, do I need to re-register to vote?
Voter registration does not move with you, so you will have to complete a new voter registration form to update your new address. Read more about moving and registering to vote. For more information about re-registering in the jurisdiction of your new address, visit your state’s election office website.
What is the Help America Vote Act?
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed by the United States Congress to make sweeping reforms to the nation's voting process. HAVA addresses improvements to voting systems and voter access that were identified following the 2000 election. It also created the Election Assistance Commission, and our primary duties are:
Every Monday EAC blogs questions from the public. Submit yours here or use the online comment form.
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We get smart questions from the public, and we realized that the inquiries and our responses may be useful to others. Every Monday we will share some of them here. Leave your question or comment here or send it to us. We also take input on Twitter @EACgov.
Q: If I move, am I still registered to vote?
A: Voter registration does not move with you. Even if you move within your existing county, you must complete a new voter registration form to update your new address. If you to move to a different county or state, you must re-register with your new county or state. Read more about moving and registering to vote. For information about re-registering, visit your state's election office website.
Q: What is the difference between EAC’s military and overseas voters data and other data recently issued about these voters?
A: EAC’s 2010 UOCAVA data are provided directly by each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and 4 territories. Primarily, we ask states to provide the number of ballots sent, received, counted and rejected. All data provided by the states are available in three formats, and the survey instrument is also available. Improving services for military and overseas voters is a shared goal at all levels of government. Working together and sharing our data about these voters contributes to a greater understanding of how to remove the challenges they may face when casting a ballot.
EAC’s UOCAVA Data Are:
- Official numbers provided directly by every state.
- Only about voters covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) as it relates to ballots sent, returned, counted and rejected.
- Available for all states.
EAC’s UOCAVA Data Are Not:
- A sampling of military and overseas voters (a subset of these total populations used to draw conclusions about the entire population).
- Opinion data related to whether an individual covered under UOCAVA voted or wanted to vote, or is of a particular age group or gender, for example.
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