NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY | CHANGES ANNUALLY
National Voter Registration Day in September urges citizens to register to vote. Make your vote count!
More than 300,000 Americans registered to vote on the inaugural day of the observance in 2012. That number jumped to 800,000 in 2018. The day helps to ensure eligible voters register in their districts each year. The awareness campaign provides valuable information for each state, too. Timed ideally a few months before some of the bigger elections of the year, the day places information in the hands of the voters at the right time.
There are hundreds of local, state, and national organizations driving the day and bringing it to you, too. Partner organizations help also by coordinating thousands of public events to bring awareness about ballot initiatives, local elections, and voter registration.
HOW TO OBSERVE VOTER REGISTRATION DAY
If your right to vote means anything to you, make sure you are registered. While registration isn’t required in every state, every state has minimum requirements. Knowing what they are and being prepared to vote is an important part of a democracy.
Learn about your voter rights and requirements. Be informed by checking where your polling place is. You can also learn more about mail-in voting. If you have any questions about voter registration, all the answers are conveniently located in one place. Each state has different requirements. So, if you’ve moved recently, be sure to know the requirements where you live. Make your vote count.
Register to vote and use #VoterRegistrationDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY HISTORY
The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established the first National Voter Registration Day on September 25, 2012. In 2014, the NASS established the Fourth Tuesday of September as the official day for National Voter Registration Day.
Q. How do I find out if I’m registered to vote?
A. Visit vote.org and fill out this online form to find out if you’re registered.
Q. I don’t have a driver’s license. Can I still register to vote?
A. Yes! You can use one of the following:
- Register with your state-issued non-driver ID.
- If you don’t have either a driver’s license or non-driver ID, some states allow registration using the last four digits.
- Other states require the entire social security number for registration.
Q. Which states do not require voter registration?
A. North Dakota is the only state that does not require voter registration.