(USNewsBreak.com) – While the presidential election is the major ballot that more than a hundred million people show up for, there are many other opportunities for voters to make their voices heard each year. However, if you’re not registered to vote, you may miss the chance to elect officials who share your values. So, how do you ensure you’re registered?
In the United States, most states allow you to update your voter registration when you visit the local Department or Bureau of Motor Vehicles to obtain or renew your license or ID card. However, you can register in other ways as well. Visiting vote.gov is the easiest way to get all the necessary information. The website will direct you through the steps to register. Depending on where you live, you’ll have the option to register online, by mail, or in person.
If you move, you must update your registration to vote in your new area. If your move occurs close to or beyond the deadline, you might need to vote by proxy, but you can still make your voice heard. You can typically update your registration the same way you originally signed up.
One way to register or update your information is to fill out the National Mail Voter Registration Form and return it via mail. Only three states — Wyoming, New Hampshire, and North Dakota — refuse to accept this registration form. Make sure you meet all registration deadlines — they vary by state.
If you wish to check your voter status ahead of a local, state, or federal election, visit the Can I Vote page and select the Voter Registration Status icon. From there, it will ask questions and then take you to your state’s voter registration page, where you can look up your standing.
The best way to make your voice heard and ensure that elected officials represent your interests is to turn up at every possible election. Keeping your voter registration current means you’ll never miss out on an opportunity.
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