It is mandatory to register before you vote in the upcoming presidential elections this year. Citizens of the United States will vote, on the 6th of November, 2012, for their next president. In order to vote, you must be an American citizen above age 18, however, few states do allow people of age 17 to vote. Residency requirements are not the same for all the states. Various resources such as voter guides, information about how to register to vote, information for military voters, etc., have been provided by the US Election Assistance Commission. Voters can get more information about the requirements and eligibility to vote, from the state election offices.
Voters must register to vote and they can register, by filing National Mail Voter Registration Forms. Voters must remember that this form is not accepted by few states like North Dakota, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Wyoming, Puerto Rico and Guam. If you belong to one of these states, you will have to find out how you must register to vote. If your name has been changed or if you have moved to a new address, you may file the National Mail Voter Registration Form, to update the information.
If you choose to register to vote directly in person, you may walk into one of these offices and do so.
- The department of motor vehicles
- State or local voter registration and/or election offices
- Armed services recruitment centers
- Public assistance agencies
- State-funded programs that serve people with disabilities
You may register in one of the above mentioned offices or you may also register in one of the facilities that has been designated by a state as a voter enrollment facility. Some states allow the voters to register online. You can contact your state election office to know whether your state allows you to register online or not. Every American state has a deadline before which a voter must register to vote. If you wish to vote in the presidential elections this November, submit the National Mail Voter Registration Form, sooner.