Elections matter. All of them, not just your vote for State Governor or President of the United States. From school superintendent to sheriff to senator to your congressional representatives, our elected officials determine the quality and equality of our law enforcement, public education systems, and so much more. You’ve got one vote. Use it.
How do I register to vote?
Eligible citizens who are 18 years of age or older may register to vote. Every state except North Dakota has a voter registration requirement for voting.
Register to Vote Now
I think registered a while ago — so how do verify that I’m still active and on my state’s roll?
It is especially important—with all the voter purging activities occurring right now—that all of us who think we are already registered to vote? Please go to a reputable resource site—like Headcount.org or RockTheVote.org—for help locating where to check your voter status by state.
Verify Your Voter Registration Status
How do I find my polling place?
Once you are registered to vote, you can vote at your local polling place on Election Day. Your polling place should be listed on the sample ballot you receive in the mail once you are registered to vote. You can also call your local county elections elections office or look it up online at
Election Poll Locator
What should I do if I face obstruction on Election Day?
Obstruction voters may face on Election Day includes: polls opening late or closing early, a lack of ballots, or having one’s identity, identification, or voter registration status improperly challenged.
If you face any obstruction or attempt at obstruction on Election Day, please report the problem directly to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Does my vote really make a difference?
YES! Voting is a civic privilege and democratic duty, and we must all exercise our right to vote. Presidential elections may receive the most attention and funding, but every election matters and influences the wellbeing of our communities.
Lots of elections indicate how very much impact a single vote can make: Dave Adkins, for example, recaptured his spot in the New Hampshire House of Representatives by two votes in 2016. David Ainsworth won his seat in the Vermont House of Representatives by just one single ballot that year. The list continues, but the message stays the same: each vote counts and each election matters.