Elections matter. So does your vote. But you can’t cast a ballot if you’re not registered.
Step one of democracy is ensuring that you are registered to vote if you can.
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Register to vote. Request your ballot by mail. Receive important voting updates. It takes only minutes to get ready for the 2020 election.
Science Rising is working with TurboVote from Democracy Works to make it easy and safe to vote. Click here or on the TurboVote logo below to get started.
Not sure if you need to register? Here are 4 reasons why you need to register (or re-register) to vote.
If any of these apply to you, click here or on the TurboVote logo above to get started.
- You have never registered before.
- You have moved. If you have a new residence, you need to update your voter registration or re-register. If you‘re a student, you may be considering registering where you go to school—skip down to the last section.
- You’ve changed your name. If you’ve legally changed your name, you’ll need to re-register.
- You’ve changed political parties. If you’re planning on voting in a primary, your state may require you to choose a party affiliation in order to vote in that party’s primary. Some states don’t allow those who are registered as independents to vote in either primary, so be sure to check!
In order to vote, you must be a citizen who is eighteen years or older. If you have lost your right to vote due to felony convictions, check this map for your state’s felony disenfranchisement laws, and visit your Secretary of State’s website to learn how to get your voting rights restored.
When registering, have either your driver’s license or state ID number ready. If you don’t have either of those for the state you’re registering in, the last four digits of your social security number is usually sufficient.
Not eligible to vote? No worries! There are many ways you can participate in our democracy, including helping friends and family register and make a plan to vote. And rest assured that you are still fully eligible to take part in the Science Rising Challenge!
I’m a student and I’m not sure where to register or vote because of the pandemic. What should I do?
Due to the pandemic, there are a number of different scenarios for where students should register to vote this year. Walk through this guidance to see what makes the most sense for your situation.
Remember that you can only be registered to vote in ONE state. Be aware that where you are registered to vote has implications for the type of identification you’ll need on Election Day and may affect whether you need to change your driver’s license and vehicle registration. It should not affect federal financial aid or your school tuition status.
To learn more, check out this great state-by-state resource from the Campus Vote Project.
I’m not yet 18 but will be soon! How can I register?
You can pledge to register using this simple form from Vote.org. You will receive a text on your 18th birthday with resources to help you register to vote!
How can I help others register to vote?
Organize a virtual voter registration drive! We’ve pulled together all of the tools and resources you need to make sure your friends, family, and community members are registered to vote.
Register to vote, request a mail-in ballot, and more.
Science Rising is working with TurboVote from Democracy Works to ensure that you can participate in this year’s elections and have all the information you need for Election Day.
In just a few minutes, you can:
- Register to vote, either online or by mail
- Request an absentee ballot so you can vote by mail
- Receive election reminders and updates via text and/or email
Get started now!
We’ve embedded the TurboVote tool below or you can click here to go directly to the tool.