Voter Registration

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures, September 10, 2015

In 49 states, an eligible citizen must be registered to vote. North Dakota does not require voter registration ahead of an election—eligible citizens can simply appear at the polls with required identification and be permitted to vote. In 2015, Oregon passed “automatic voter registration,” a system that automatically registers all eligible voters who are in the Department of Motor Vehicles database. Voters do not need to take any action to register, but they can “opt out” of being on the registered voter list. See NCSL’s blog post on Oregon’s law. ….

Table of Contents:
Register at the Local Elections Office
Register at the DMV
Online Voter Registration
Same Day Registration
Preregistration
Statewide Voter Registration Databases
Maintaining the Voter List
Additional Resources