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Voter Registration Deadlines

State Voter Registration Deadline

Alabama

October 26, 2012
Must be postmarked 11 days before the election

Alaska

October 6, 2012
Must be received 30 days before the election

Arizona

October 9, 2012* - Must be postmarked 29 days before the election

Arkansas

October 6, 2012 – Must be postmarked 30 days before the election

California

October 22, 2012 – Must be postmarked 15 days before the election

Colorado

October 9, 2012* - Must be received 29 days before the election

Connecticut

October 23, 2012 (by mail) – Must be postmarked 14 days before the election

October 30, 2012 (in person) – Must register 7 days before the election

Delaware

October 13, 2012 – Must be postmarked by the fourth Saturday before the election.

District of Columbia

October 9, 2012 (by mail)* - Must be postmarked 30 days before the election.

November 6, 2012 (in person) – Must provide proof of residency to register in person

November 6, 2012 (in person) – Must provide proof of residency to register in person

Florida

October 9, 2012* - Must be postmarked 29 days before the election

Georgia

October 9, 2012* - Must be postmarked by the fifth Monday before the election

Hawaii

October 9, 2012* - Must be received 30 days before the election

Idaho

October 12, 2012 (by mail) – Must be postmarked 25 days before the election

November 6, 2012 (in person) - You may also register in person on Election Day

Illinois

October 9, 2012* - Must be postmarked 28 days before the election

Indiana

October 9, 2012* - Must be postmarked 29 days before the election

Iowa

October 22, 2012 (by mail) – Must be postmarked 15 days before an election

October 27, 2012 (in person) – Must register 10 days before Elections

Kansas

October 16, 2012 – Must be postmarked 21 days before the election

Kentucky

October 9, 2012* - Must be postmarked 29 days before the election

Louisiana

October 9, 2012* - Must be received 30 days before the election

Maine

October 16, 2012 (by mail) – Must be received 21 days before the election

November 6, 2012 (in person) - You may register in person on Election Day.

Maryland

October 16, 2012 – Must be postmarked 21 days before the election.

Massachusetts

October 17, 2012 – Must be postmarked 20 days before the election.

Michigan

October 9, 2012* - Must be postmarked 30 days before the election

Minnesota

October 16, 2012 (by mail) – Must be received 21 days before the election.
November 6, 2012 (in person) – Must show proof of residency to register on Election day

Mississippi

October 6, 2012 – Must be postmarked 30 days before the election

Missouri

October 10, 2012 – Must be received by 5pm 28 days before the election

Montana

October 9, 2012 (by mail)* - Must be postmarked 30 days before the election

November 6, 2012 (in person) – Can register in person up to Election Day.

Nebraska

October 19, 2012 (by mail) – Must be postmarked by the third Friday before the election

October 26, 2012 (in person) – Must register by 6pm on the second Friday before the election

Nevada

October 16, 2012 – Must be postmarked the third Tuesday before Election Day

New Hampshire

October 27, 2012 (by mail) – Must be received 10 days before the election (by mail).

November 6, 2012 (in person) - You may also register in person on Election Day.

New Jersey

October 16, 2012 – Must be received 21 days before the election

New Mexico

October 9, 2012* - Must be postmarked 28 days before the election

New York

October 12, 2012 – Must be postmarked 25 days before the election.

North Carolina

October 12, 2012 – Must be received 25 days before the election

Individuals who miss the registration deadline may register in person and then vote at One-stop voting sites in the person’s county of residence during the one-stop early voting period .

North Dakota

North Dakota does not have a voter registration deadline

Ohio

October 9, 2012* - Must be received 30 days before election.

Oklahoma

October 12, 2012 – Must be postmarked 25 days before the election

Oregon

October 16, 2012 – Must be postmarked 25 days before the election

Pennsylvania

October 9, 2012* - Must be received 30 days before the election

Rhode Island

October 6, 2012 (by mail) – Must be received 30 days before the election. November 6, 2012 (in person) – For Presidential Elections you may register on Election Day

South Carolina

October 6, 2012 – Must be postmarked 30 days before the election

South Dakota

October 22, 2012 – Must be received 15 days before the election

Tennessee

October 6, 2012 – Must be postmarked 30 days before the election

Texas

October 9, 2012* - Must be postmarked 30 days before the election

Utah

October 9, 2012 (by mail)* - Must be postmarked 30 days before the election

October 22 (in person or online) – Must register 15 days before the election

Vermont

October 31, 2012 – Must be received 5pm on the Wednesday before the election

Virginia

October 15, 2012 – Must be received 22 days before the election

Washington

October 6, 2012 (by mail)* - Must be postmarked the Monday four weeks before the election

October 29, 2012 (in person) - Must register by the Monday one week before the election

West Virginia

October 16, 2012 – Must be postmarked 21 days before the election

Wisconsin

October 17, 2012 (by mail) – Must be postmarked 20 days before the election.

November 6, 2012 (in person) - You may also register in person on Election Day.

Wyoming

October 22, 2012 – Must be received 14 days before the election.

November 6, 2012 (in person) - You may also register in person on Election Day.

*Post offices will be closed on October 8, 2012 due to Columbus Day.


Early Voting Period

Some States offer voters the opportunity to vote early without any excuse as to why they are voting early.

State Early Voting Period

Alabama

No early voting

Alaska

October 22nd - Election Day - 15 days prior to an election, and continuing through Election Day

Arizona

October 12th – November 3rd - Early voting starts 26 days before an election, and ends at 5:00pm on the Friday before Election Day

Arkansas 

October 22nd - November 5th (Monday – Saturday) - Early voting takes place during the 15 days before a primary or general election

California 

Early Voting is offered in California but may vary by counties. Go to http://cavotes.org/vote/in-person#early to see when early voting starts in your county.

Colorado 

October 22nd - Early voting is available during regular business hours 15 days before a General Election

Connecticut  

No early voting

Delaware

No early voting

District of Columbia

October 22nd – October 27th (8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.) and October 27th – November 3rd (8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.) - You can vote early at your assigned polling place  

Florida

October 27nd - November 2nd - Early voting begins 10 days before an election and ends on the 3rd day before any election in which there is a state or federal office race

Georgia

Starts October 15th - Beginning on the 4th Monday prior to Election Day, simply visit your county or municipality early voting site, fill out the application, and present one of the permitted forms of photo ID. As Election Day approaches, your county may have multiple early voting sites and even extended hours. Voting times and locations for your precinct can be found at: www.sos.ga.gov/MVP.

Hawaii

October 23rd - November 3rd

Idaho 

When the ballots become available - November 2nd – May do early voting (in-person absentee) when the ballots become available in Idaho

Illinois

October 22nd - November 3rd

Indiana

Starts October 9th – May vote in person absentee

Iowa   

September 27th - November 4th

Kansas

October 17th – November 5th – Some counties in Kansas allow you to vote up to 20 days before the election.

Kentucky

No early voting

Louisiana

October 23 – October 30 (No Sunday)

Maine

When ballots are available up to Election Day

Maryland

Saturday, October 27, 2012 through Thursday, November 1, 2012.

Massachusetts

No early voting

Michigan

No early voting

Minnesota

No early voting

Mississippi   

No early voting

Missouri 

No early voting

Montana 

30 days prior to the election you may go to your county election office and fill out an absentee ballot for the election. 

Nebraska

35 days before the Election is the first day Early Voting ballots are available to vote at the county office. Contact your County Clerk or Election Commissioner for information on office hours

Nevada

Early Voting varies between counties in Nevada; go to the Nevada Board of Elections page to find when early voting is available.

New Hampshire 

No early voting

New Jersey   

No early voting

New Mexico  

October 20 - November 3, 2012

New York

No early voting

North Carolina  

October 18th - November 3rd

North Dakota

May do early voting by in person absentee ballot

Ohio  

Tuesday, October 2 - Friday, October 5: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 9: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 10 - Friday, October 12: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, October 15 - Friday, October 19: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, October 22 - Friday, October 26: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 29 - Thursday, November 1:  8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 2:  8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 3: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 4: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 5: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Oklahoma

Friday, November 2, 8 AM - 6 PM

Saturday, November 3, 8 AM - 1 PM

Monday, November 5, 8 AM - 6 PM

Oregon

No early voting

Pennsylvania

No early voting

Rhode Island

No early voting

South Carolina  

No early voting

South Dakota

No early voting

Tennessee

To vote early, a person must appear in person at either the county election commission office or at a satellite voting location opened by the county election commission.  For each election, early voting begins 20 days before the election and ends 5 days before the election.

Texas 

October 22nd - November 2nd

Utah   

The early voting period will begin on October 23rd and will continue through November 2nd. The polls will be open for a minimum of four hours during each early voting day and will close at 5 p.m. on the last day of early voting.

Vermont

Early voting starts as soon as ballots are available no later than 45 days before the general election

Virginia

No early voting

Washington  

No early voting

West Virginia

The regular period of Early Voting begins thirteen days before the election and continues until three days before the election. Voting is available during regular business hours, plus, it is also available on any Saturday on or between the thirteenth and third days before the election

Wisconsin 

October 16th – November 3rd - You may vote early in person using an absentee ballot. Usually 3 weeks before an election, and ends at 5 p.m. or the close of business (whichever is later) on the Friday before Election Day.

Wyoming

September 27th - Election Day - Early voting starts 40 days before an election and ends Election Day


Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

State Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

Alabama

Received by Thursday, November 1, 2012

Alaska

Received by Tuesday, October 27, 2012

Arizona

Received by Monday, October 26, 2012

Arkansas

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

California

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Colorado

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Connecticut*

No specific deadline.

Delaware

Received by Friday, November 2, 2012

District of Columbia

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Florida

Received by Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Georgia

Each county has a different deadline, please check with your county.

Hawaii

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Idaho

Received by Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Illinois

Received by Thursday, November 1, 2012

Indiana

Received by Monday, October 29, 2012

Iowa

Received by Friday, November 2, 2012

Kansas

Received by Friday, November 2, 2012

Kentucky

Received by Friday, October 19, 2012

Louisiana

Received by Friday, November 2, 2012

Maine

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Maryland

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Massachusetts

Received by Monday, November 5, 2012

Michigan

Received by Saturday, November 3, 2012

Minnesota*

No specific deadline.

Mississippi*

No specific deadline.

Missouri

Received by Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Montana

Received by Monday, November 5, 2012

Nebraska

Received by Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nevada

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Hampshire*

No specific deadline.

New Jersey

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Mexico

Received by Thursday, November 1, 2012

New York

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

North Carolina

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

North Dakota*

No specific deadline

Ohio

Received by Saturday, November 3, 2012

Oklahoma

Received by Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Oregon*

No specific deadline

Pennsylvania

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rhode Island

Received by Tuesday, October 16, 2012

South Carolina

Received by Friday, November 2, 2012

South Dakota

Received by Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tennessee

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Texas

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Utah

Received by Friday, November 2, 2012

Vermont

Received by Monday, November 5, 2012

Virginia

Received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Washington*

No specific deadline

West Virginia

Received by Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wisconsin

Received by Thursday, November 1, 2012

Wyoming*

No specific deadline

*No deadline was listed on their board of election website; we suggest you send the absentee form by October 20th

Voter Registration Information



Last Updated on 10/24/12
  • According to the Brennan Center for Justice nearly 25 percent of African Americans lack a suitable ID to vote in states that have restrictive photo ID laws.
  • 5 million Americans may be disenfranchised at the polls in the 2012 election
  • There are potentially 16 states that will enforce restrictive photo ID laws which has the potential to impact 194 electoral votes or nearly 72% of the total votes needed to win the Presidency
  • Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia have enacted bills reducing early voting for the 2012 election.

*If you are a first time registered voter please bring an acceptable form of identification which should be listed on your state’s voter registration form

• States that Require Photo ID
• States that Require ID, but Not Photo ID
• States Pending Approval for Their New Voter ID Laws
• States that Have Stopped Voter ID Law / Do Not Require ID


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