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Same Day Registration

See if your state has Same Day Registration

Early Voting Dates

You can go to the polls early on these days

Voter ID Law

Know what you need to bring to the polls and if a student ID will suffice

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What is early voting?

Early voting is the period before an election where you can vote in person at your polling place before Election Day. You will follow the same procedure to fill out a ballot as you would on Election Day.

Most states have early voting. The early voting period is generally one to two weeks before Election Day. Scroll down below to find the dates of your state’s early voting period.

What’s the difference between early voting and in person absentee voting?

Early voting is when you cast your ballot at your polling location in the designated period before Election Day.

In person absentee voting is when you turn in the ballot that has been mailed to you and you have already filled out. This may be useful if you believe that your ballot won’t be received by the elections office in time if you mail it.

What do I need to bring to the polls?

You may need to bring a photo ID to the polls, depending on your state. These IDs generally need your photo, name and home address. Driver’s licenses and state IDs are generally acceptable. Student IDs may be acceptable. Look up your state below to find out its voter ID law.

Voting in Person

Find your early voting periods, voter ID requirements and same-day registration options

Alabama

Is Same Day Registration available?

No

Is early voting available?

No

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as a driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID works?

Yes but only if the college or university is within the state.

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Alaska

Is Same Day Registration available?

No

Is early voting available?

Yes, it’s available from Monday, October 19th to Monday, November 2nd

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as a driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work?

Any valid photo ID may work but if your student ID doesn’t have your address then it may not be accepted.

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Arizona

Is Same Day Registration available?

No

Is early voting available?

Yes, it’s available from Wednesday, October 7th to Friday, October 30th.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes, a valid ID such as a driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

No

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Arkansas

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes, it’s available from Monday, October 19th to Monday, November 2nd.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes, a valid ID such as a driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes

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California

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Yes, it’s available from as early as Monday, October 5th (depends on your county) and it ends on Monday, November 2nd.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re not a first-time voter, you do not need to show ID. However, The Young Vote recommends that you bring ID to the polls just in case.

If you are a first time voter and didn’t include your driver’s license number or the last four numbers of your Social Security number on your voter registration, then you may be asked for ID.

Will a student ID work?

Yes

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Colorado

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

No. Colorado has all mail-in voting.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes, a valid ID such as a driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes but only if it includes a photograph and if the college or university is within the state.

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Connecticut

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

No

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re a first time voter who registered by mail and you didn’t provide ID when you registered, you must bring a valid ID that has your photo, name and address. A document (e.g. a paycheck) that shows your name and address will work as a substitute.

If you’re not a first-time voter, you might have to present a Social Security card or a pre-printed form of ID that has one of the following combinations: name and address, name and signature or name and photo.

If you do not have an ID with you at the polls, you must sign a brief statement confirming your identity.

Will a student ID work? 

No

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Delaware

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

No

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Voter ID isn’t needed but having a valid ID (e.g. a Delaware driver’s license or state ID) will speed up the process

Will a student ID work?

No

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District of Columbia

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Yes. Dates vary by county. However, early voting will not start more than 10 days before the election.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re a first-time voter, you need a government-issued photo ID or a document (e.g. a paycheck or lease) that has your name and address. If you’re not a first-time voter, you don’t need ID. 

Will a student ID work? 

No.

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Florida

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes. These dates vary by county. However, early voting will start at least 10 days before the election.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes

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Georgia

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes, it’s available from Monday, October 5th to Friday, October 30th.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work?

Yes but only if the college or university is within the state.

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Hawaii

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Hawaii has all mail-in voting. There is no in-person early voting.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Voter ID is not required but you will be asked to confirm your name, address and date of birth if you do not bring a valid forms of ID (e.g. driver’s license)

Will a student ID work? 

N/A

Idaho

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Yes, depending on the county. In person early voting dates vary and not all counties have it.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes but only if the high school or university is within the state.

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Illinois

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Yes, it’s available from Thursday, September 24th to Monday, November 2nd.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re a first time voter and didn’t provide identification during registration, you need to show ID such a driver’s license.

If you already registered and provided identification, you don’t need to show ID. However, The Young Vote recommends bringing it.

Will a student ID work?

Yes but you should bring a copy of your lease or postmarked mail at your current IL residence along with your student ID.

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Indiana

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes, it’s available from Thursday, September 24th to Monday, November 2nd.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes but only if it’s from an Indiana State school.

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Iowa

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Yes. In-person absentee voting runs from Monday, October 5th to Monday, November 2nd.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

No

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Kansas

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes. Dates vary by county.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work?

Yes but only if the college or university is within the state.

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Kentucky

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

No

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes. Student IDs from US postsecondary institutions are valid.

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Louisiana

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Tuesday, October 20th to Tuesday, October 27th.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

No

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Maine

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

No

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re a first-time voter, you need a government-issued photo ID or a document (e.g. a paycheck or lease) that has your name and address.

If you’re not a first-time voter, you don’t need ID. 

Will a student ID work?

No

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Maryland

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Thursday, October 22nd to Thursday, October 29th.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re a first-time voter, you need a government-issued photo ID or a document (e.g. a paycheck or lease) that has your name and address.

If you’re not a first-time voter, you don’t need ID. 

Will a student ID work? 

Yes

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Massachusetts

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Saturday, October 17th to Friday, October 30th.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

First-time voters need to bring ID (e.g. driver’s license or state ID) to the polls.

If you’re not a first-time voter, you do not need ID. However, The Young Vote recommends that you bring ID because a poll worker is allowed to request your ID if they have “reasonable suspicion”. 

Will a student ID work? 

No

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Michigan

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

No

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as a driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work?

Yes

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Minnesota

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Friday, September 18th to Monday, November 2nd.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re a first-time voter, you need a government-issued photo ID or a document (e.g. a paycheck or lease) that has your name and address.

If you’re not a first-time voter, you don’t need ID. 

Will a student ID work? 

Yes but only if the high scool or university is within the state.

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Mississippi

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

No

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as a driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes but only if the college or university is within the state.

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Missouri

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

No. But you can cast an absentee ballot in person any day up until Monday, November 2nd.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as a driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work?

Yes but only if the college or university is within the state.

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Montana

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

No. But you can cast an absentee ballot in person any day up until Monday, November 2nd at noon.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as a driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes

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Nebraska

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Monday, October 5th to Monday, November 2nd.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re a first time voter and didn’t provide identification during registration, you need to show ID such a driver’s license.

If not, you don’t need ID. However, The Young Vote recommends bringing it just in case.

Will a student ID work? 

No

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Nevada

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Saturday, October 17th to Friday, October 30th.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re a first time voter and didn’t provide identification during registration, you need to show ID such a driver’s license. Otherwise, you don’t need ID. However, The Young Vote recommends bringing it just in case.

Will a student ID work?

No

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New Hampshire

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

No

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as a driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes but only if the high school or university is within the state

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New Jersey

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

No. But you can cast an absentee ballot in person from Saturday, September 19th to Monday, November 2nd

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re a first time voter and didn’t provide identification during registration, you need to show ID such a driver’s license.

Otherwise, you don’t need ID. However, The Young Vote recommends bringing it just in case.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes

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New Mexico

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Saturday, October 17th to Saturday, October 31st.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Some municipal jurisdictions require voter ID, such as the City of Albuquerque. Therefore, it is recommended that you bring a valid ID (e.g. driver’s license or state ID) if you are a first-time voter and did not include identification within your voter registration application.

If you do not have ID and you are asked for identification, you can file a verbal or written form of identification that includes your name, address and date of birth.

Will a student ID work?

No

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New York

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Monday, October 26th to Election Day.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re a first time voter and didn’t provide identification during registration, you need to show ID such a driver’s license.

Otherwise, you don’t need ID. However, The Young Vote recommends bringing it just in case.

Will a student ID work? 

No

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North Carolina

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Thursday, October 15th to Saturday, October 31st.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re a first time voter and didn’t provide identification during registration, you need to show ID such a driver’s license.

Otherwise, you don’t need ID. However, The Young Vote recommends bringing it just in case.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes but only if the college or university is within the state.

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North Dakota

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes. Dates vary by county. Early voting begins at least 15 days before Election Day and ends Saturday, October 31st.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work?

Yes but only if the student ID has your name, North Dakota address and date of birth.

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Ohio

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Tuesday, October 6th to Monday, November 2nd.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

No

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Oklahoma

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes. Dates vary by county.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

No

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Oregon

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

No. Oregon automatically sends all registered voters a ballot.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

No. There is no in-person voting in Oregon.

Will a student ID work?

N/A

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Pennsylvania

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

No

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes

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Rhode Island

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

No

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

No

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South Carolina

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

No

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work?

No

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South Dakota

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

No. But you can submit an absentee ballot in person from Friday, September 18th to Monday, November 2nd.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes but only if the high school or university is within the state

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Tennessee

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Wednesday, October 14th to Thursday, October 29th.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

No

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Texas

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Monday, October 19th to Friday, October 30th.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work?

No

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Utah

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Tuesday, October 20th to Friday, October 30th.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

No

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Vermont

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Saturday, September 19th to Monday, November 2nd.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re a first time voter and didn’t provide identification during registration, you need to show ID such a driver’s license.

Otherwise, you don’t need ID. However, The Young Vote recommends bringing it just in case.

Will a student ID work? 

No

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Virginia

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Saturday, September 19th to Saturday, October 31st.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work?

Yes

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Washington

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Friday, October 16th up until Election Day.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes

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West Virginia

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

Yes. It’s available from Tuesday, October 21st to Saturday, October 31st.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work? 

Yes but only if the high school or university is within the state.

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Wisconsin

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

No

Is early voting available?

No. But you can submit an absentee ballot in person as early as 14 days before the Election and as late as Sunday, November 1st.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

Yes. A valid ID such as driver’s license or state ID is needed.

Will a student ID work?

Yes but it must be an ID issued by an accredited Wisconsin college or university.

The ID must include 1) the date the card was issued, (2) your signature, (3) an expiration date that’s no later than two years after its issuance (it may be expired), and (4) a separate document that proves enrollment, such as a class schedule or tuition receipt.

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Wyoming

Is Same Day Registration Available? 

Yes

Is early voting available?

No. But you can submit an absentee ballot in person from Saturday, September 19th to Monday, November 2nd.

Do I need to bring ID to the polls?

If you’re a first time voter and didn’t provide identification during registration, you need to show ID such a driver’s license.

Otherwise, you don’t need ID. However, The Young Vote recommends bringing it just in case.

Will a student ID work? 

Only if it’s a Photo Identification Card issued by the University of Wyoming, a Wyoming Community College, or a Wyoming Public School.

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