Here’s How to Make Sure You’re Registered to Vote in the 2018 Midterms

I’m not sure what’s going to happen tomorrow. I don’t know if, by the time you read this, we’ll have another sexual abuser with a lifetime seat on the highest court in the land. I pay attention to politics more than most and, still, I don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s what happens, I suppose, when your democracy depends on getting a group of mostly straight white men to agree on a controversial idea like “sexual assault is bad”…you have to pin your hopes on the goodwill of folks that should know better but more often than not, don’t.

But whatever happens, we should begin to look forward: every two years we get to overthrow the government and I’m hard-pressed to think of a time in my life where that’s felt more necessary than right now. Election Day is 32 days away but, depending on where you live, your voter registration deadline are quickly approaching. By this time next week, 23 states’ mail-in registration deadlines will already have passed. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in the 2018 midterms and give us the Congress that we deserve.

To that end, I’ve put together a comprehensive voter registration guide, by collecting information from vote.org, the National Conference of State Legislatures and state elections divisions. If you’re not registered, there’s plenty of information here about how you can get registered. Even if you are registered to vote, use the registration search, where available, to ensure that your registration is still up-to-date and current. Make sure that, if your state requires voter ID, that you’ve got the proper identification before you head to cast your ballot. If you’re disabled or you’re going to be out of town on Election Day, check your state’s requirements for obtaining an absentee ballot. And if you are someone, or you know someone, who’s reluctant to register because of they’re reluctant to make their address public (i.e., a domestic violence situation), check out your state’s Address Confidentiality Program.

I don’t know what’s going to happen with this Supreme Court nomination but I know that we deserve a better government than this. We need change and the pathway to that starts with registering to vote.

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  • In-Person: You may apply to your town or city clerk’s office. Qualified individuals may register to vote at the polling place on Election Day.
  • By Mail: Contact your local election official to request a voter registration form, then fill it out and mail it back. The deadline to register to vote by mail is Wednesday, October 24.
  • Online Registration: N/A
  • Absentee Ballot: You can request an absentee voter registration affidavit form from your town or city clerk. The absentee ballot must be received by Nov. 5 at 5PM (in-person) or by Nov. 6 at 5PM (by mail).
  • Voter ID Required: Yes.
  • Address Confidentiality Program: Yes.
  • Additional Information: NH Elections Division

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  • In-Person/By Mail: There is no voter registration in North Dakota. Citizens just show up and vote.
  • Absentee Ballot: You can submit your absentee ballot request to the Auditor of your county of residence or Appropriate Election Officer. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 5 (by mail) or received by Election Day (in person or by fax).
  • Voter ID Required: Yes.
  • Address Confidentiality Program: Yes.
  • Additional Information: Vote.ND.Gov

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A black biracial, bisexual girl raised in the South, working hard to restore North Carolina's good name. Lover of sports, politics, good TV and Sonia Sotomayor. Spends her Thursday nights trying to make #Shonday happen.

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32 Comments

  1. I checked last week if I was still registered to vote bc Texas is awful so I double checked again with what you listed here and yup, still registered to vote! I’m good to go for election day.

    Thank you for putting this together, Natalie!

  2. This is rad; thank youuuu!

    I’m in AZ but will be in CA for election day. I am *hoping* that my AZ mail-in ballot will arrive in time and I can just mail it in from California with postmark in time for it to be counted.

    But, if not, I’m still not sure whether I need absentee ballot or provisional ballot or what to do for casting a vote in person at a polling place in CA.

      • @pecola thanks so much Natalie!

        I would not receive my ballot in AZ in time because I am leaving for CA before it would arrive in the mail.

        But! Your advice and info about calling the recorder’s office was very helpful! I just talked to them and they are able to send my mail-in ballot to my address in CA. I didn’t know this was an option. And, I didn’t want to fill out change-of address form with the post office until after the election, because I wanted to vote in the AZ elections and not the CA one, and AZ state residency is required to vote in AZ.

        Anyway, thank you again for doing this! Very happy and determined to vote next month! >:]

  3. Thanks for this, I checked to make sure I’m still registered and thankfully I am. I’m doing early voting, this year Election Day falls on my grandma’s 82 birthday. I’m taking every identification form/ID that’s required! Crossing my fingers all goes well.

  4. I don’t know if anybody has tried it and I know that probably there’s not a lot of time to do what I’m about to mention but here we go:

    In Argentina you have mandatory vote and you need an ID to do it (we use DNIs, National Identity Document). So, several years ago an NGO made a case about a woman who couldn’t payed for the DNI, arguing that her constitutional rights couldn’t be denied based on her social/economic situation. To this day, the State is obligated to give DNIs for free to all the people who can’t pay for them, and they only need a simple signed declaration.

    So, let’s say that somebody makes a similar move on Mississippi, that goverment probably will skip this mandatory ID shit before paying for it.

    • @freakazoid1980 They have been cases like this in the states and, unfortunately, they haven’t been uniformly successful. Multiple states have faced legal challenges for Voter ID — with civil rights organizations arguing that they’re effectively a poll tax which are prohibited under the 24th Amendment — and states like Mississippi have gotten around it by doing exactly what Argentina does: giving them away for free.

      • Mmmm, yeah, it sounds like something that could go to the Supreme Court and yes, the “Justices” there are kind of scary now, so this can have the beautiful finish line of establishing qualified vote, and I mean qualified vote like in the XVIII/XIX Century (probably the wet dream of several of those fuckers).

  5. We’ve got our mail-in ballots sitting on the counter and we’re going to fill them out as part of an anniversary date/family dinner combo thing with our daughter. I think there needs to be post-voting dessert. Obviously it should be something from Reneice’s repertoire. I found a thing of tahini in the pantry today, so tahini-swirled brownies it will be.

    I mean it’s just good parenting to get your kid to associate voting with amazing desserts, right?

  6. This gave me the fright of a lifetime: The Suffocation of Democracy by Christopher R. Browning

    https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/10/25/suffocation-of-democracy/

    “Whatever secret reservations McConnell and other traditional Republican leaders have about Trump’s character, governing style, and possible criminality, they openly rejoice in the payoff they have received from their alliance with him and his base: huge tax cuts for the wealthy, financial and environmental deregulation, the nominations of two conservative Supreme Court justices (so far) and a host of other conservative judicial appointments, and a significant reduction in government-sponsored health care (though not yet the total abolition of Obamacare they hope for). Like Hitler’s conservative allies, McConnell and the Republicans have prided themselves on the early returns on their investment in Trump.”

  7. Thank you Natalie and fun fact the personification of liberty in Ancient Roman and Greek mythos is a goddess.

    Eleutheria is Ancient Greek the one and also was epithet for Artemis in a part of Hellenic Anatolia.

  8. Thanks for this article! Now I have questions!

    I vote in Florida by mail, and they send the ballot by email and then I have to print it and mail it back. I have heard that Florida mail-in ballots are very often not counted so I thought I’d ask:

    They send my ballot on legal sized paper but that doesn’t exist in Europe so I print it on A4, will they still count it?

    And my signature changed and I’m preeetty sure I never updated my signature on file, so I just sign with my old one, but is there a way to check if I updated it?

    Thanks anyone who has wonderfully detailed insider knowledge!

    (Maybe I should actually email the Supervisor of Elections and ask 😀 I’ll update here if I get an answer.)

    • I asked and basically they said anything goes. However I print the ballot is fine and they scanned two versions of my signature and sent them to me ? and said I can sign with either.

      We’ll still never know if they actually count it, but anyway at least I’ll be following the rules. Hope that’s useful info for someone else.

  9. This is great, thank you! This is the most important mid-term election of our lives, and it’s so important every person votes. It’s also important to get involved – donate, canvass, phone bank, get your friends to register and vote – there’s so many options! I recently went door to door canvassing for the first time. I was really nervous about it, but it turned out to be a lot easier than I thought it would be. Check out votesaveamerica.com for a one stop location for registration, candidate info and getting involved.

  10. I’ve been printing out proof of my voter’s registration from my state’s website *just in case* for several years, and I bring it with me on election day.

    There are also lots of scams/voter disenfranchisement going on in which fake absentee ballots are offered/sent to people, so be sure you get them from the proper source!

  11. Just checked and not only am I still registered to vote, I am still registered in every state I have ever lived in. I was told the records would automatically update if I ever registered in a new state and cannot figure out how to unregister. WTF is with this country’s voting systems.

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