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2020 State-by-State Voter Registration Deadlines

Election Day 2020 is on Tuesday, November 3rd, and it’s bound to be one of the most exciting and consequential elections so far this century. If you’re planning to participate, your first step is to check if you are registered to vote. Different states have different procedures and rules for voter registration, and different deadlines too. It pays to find out what your state requires so you don’t miss out on voting because you missed the deadline for registration. If you’ve recently moved, changed your name, or made other major changes, you may need to update your information for the 2020 Election.


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Each state has its own deadlines for registering to vote, and these deadlines may vary by the way in which you register (for example, online, in-person, or by mail). Some states allow for same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day. Some states may have different registration deadlines for special elections or primaries.

The following state-by-state guide will help you determine your voter registration deadline for the upcoming election on November 3rd.

STATE DEADLINE
Alabama October 19th
Alaska October 4th
Arizona October 5th
Arkansas October 5th
California October 19th; Same-day registration Oct. 20th through Election Day.
Colorado October 26th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
Connecticut October 27th; Same-day registration on Election Day.
Delaware October 10th
District of Columbia October 10th; Same-day registration on Election Day.
Florida October 5th
Georgia October 5th
Hawaii October 5th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
Idaho October 9th; Same-day registration on Election Day.
Illinois October 6th (Oct. 18th for online registration);
Same-day registration Oct. 7th through Election Day, although availability varies by county.
Indiana October 5th
Iowa October 24th (Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Oct. 19th or received by Oct. 24th);
Same-day registration on Election Day.
Kansas October 13th
Kentucky October 5th
Louisiana October 4th (Oct. 13th for online registration)
Maine October 13th; Same-day registration on Election Day.
Maryland October 13th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
Massachusetts October 24th
Michigan October 19th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
Minnesota October 13th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
Mississippi October 5th
Missouri October 7th
Montana October 26th; Same-day registration on Election Day.
Nebraska October 16th (In-person on Oct. 23rd)
Nevada October 6th (Oct. 29th for online registration)
Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
New Hampshire October 27th; Same-day registration on Election Day.
New Jersey October 13th
New Mexico October 6th; Same-day registration available until Oct. 31st at your County Clerk’s office.
New York October 9th (Mail-in registrations must be received by Oct. 14th)
North Carolina October 9th; Same-day registration during early voting.
North Dakota No registration necessary.
Ohio October 5th
Oklahoma October 9th
Oregon October 13th
Pennsylvania October 19th
Rhode Island October 4th
South Carolina October 2nd for in-person registration; email or fax by Oct. 4th; postmarked by Oct. 5th for mail-in.
South Dakota October 19th
Tennessee October 5th
Texas October 6th
Utah October 23rd; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
Vermont No deadline for registration. Same-day registration available every day, including Election Day.
Virginia October 13th
Washington October 26th; Same-day registration during early voting and on Election Day.
West Virginia October 13th (For mail-in, must be received by Oct. 16th.)
Wisconsin October 14th (Oct. 30th if registering in person.)
Same-day registration on Election Day.
Wyoming October 19th; Same-day registration on Election Day.

Get registered to vote and make your voice heard

Even though Election Day may seem a long way off, your state’s registration deadline may be just around the corner. Whether you’re planning to register online, by mail, or in person, it’s important that you understand these deadlines if you hope to participate in one of our most cherished traditions. If you have additional questions or concerns about your voting rights, don’t hesitate to ask a lawyer.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.




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