Registering Youth to Vote: A State-By-State Guide *UPDATED for 2020!

“To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

In the United States, one of the best ways that we can be citizens is by exercising our right to vote. Unfortunately, younger adults, including Millennials and post-Millennials, are the least likely of all age groups to vote. And the likelihood that people will turn out to vote is even less during non-Presidential election years.

New research also shows that lifelong voting habits are formed in childhood and adolescence. When youth see their parents or adults around them vote, they are more likely to vote themselves when they are adults. Even just participating in regular political discussion while growing up can affect future voting habits!

At Boys & Girls Clubs, we have an opportunity to positively affect voting trends in young people. By encouraging our teens to participate in democracy, whether through voting or by supporting their activism, we help them to raise the issues they care about most and to see how they can impact the political system, nationally and locally. This may mean that we assist youth to plan service projects or events. It may mean taking youth to Advocacy Days at the national or state capitols. It may mean inviting local politicians to focus groups with our youth, and then ensuring that the youth are allowed to ask questions on topics of their choosing (not just photo ops). It may also mean assisting youth in voter registration by allowing them access to internet to complete online or having paper forms on hand.

Each state sets their own voting laws, and they can vary widely and be difficult to navigate, particularly for young people. The good news is that every state offers some form of pre-registration before youth turn 18, so you may have Club members who are eligible. Today on the ClubX Blog we’ve compiled all the relevant info, including pre-registration age, deadlines, and what is needed on Election Day so you can make sure your teens are ready. All of this information comes from Rock the Vote, a nonpartisan nonprofit. Their website is amazing and has everything you could possibly need to know, including links right to registration forms. I’ve linked to each state’s page below.

It goes without saying that before you do anything else, make sure that YOU are registered! Find your state below and make your voice heard on Election Day, Tuesday November 3, 2020!

Alabama
• Age: Can pre-register at 17.5
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday March 3, register by Monday February 17 online
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 19 by mail, Tuesday October 20 online
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/alabama/ 

Alaska
• Age: Can pre-register 90 days before 18th birthday
• No Election Day registration, automatically registered when applying for Permanent Fund Dividend
• Primary Democratic Caucus: Saturday April 4
• Deadline to register for General Election: Sunday October 4
• On Election Day: Non-photo ID required to vote, such as a driver’s license, utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/alaska/

Arizona
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by Election Day (NOTE: Arizona requires proof of US citizenship, such as an AZ driver’s license, photocopy of birth certificate or passport, or Tribal enrollment number to register)
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Presidential Preference Election: Tuesday March 17, register by Tuesday February 18
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 5
• On Election Day: 1 photo ID or 2 non-photo IDs required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/arizona/

Arkansas
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday March 3, register by Tuesday February 4
• Deadline to register for General Election: Tuesday October 6
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/arkansas/

California
• Age: Can pre-register at 16
• In most elections can cast a provisional ballot on Election Day which will be counted when registration is complete, automatic registration has been passed but is not yet implemented
• Primary: Tuesday March 3, registration dates vary by location
• Deadline to register for General Election: Tuesday October 20
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/california/

Colorado
• Age: Can pre-register at 16
• Election Day registration available, automatically registered when visit a government office like DMV
• Primary: Tuesday March 3, register by Monday February 24
• Deadline to register for General Election: To receive ballot by mail register by Monday October 26, afterward can visit a Voter Service and Polling Center on Election Day
• On Election Day: Colorado has all-mail elections, with first ballot cast may have to include copy of non-photo ID with ballot
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/colorado/

Connecticut
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 on Election Day
• Election Day registration available with proof of identity and residency at one location in each town, automatic registration when visit a government office like DMV
• Primary: Tuesday April 28, register by Thursday April 23 by mail, Monday April 27 noon in person
• Deadline to register for General Election: Thursday October 29 by mail, Monday November 2 noon in person
• On Election Day: First-time voters must present current proof of address such as photo ID or current utility bill or bank statement, for everyone else non-photo ID requested but affidavit available
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/connecticut/

Delaware
• Age: Can pre-register at 16
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday April 28, register by Saturday April 4
• Deadline to register for General Election: Saturday October 3
• On Election Day: Non-photo ID is requested
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/delaware/

Florida
• Age: Can pre-register at 16
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday March 17, register by Tuesday February 18
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 5
• On Election Day: Photo ID requested, if no ID can vote provisionally
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/florida/

Georgia
• Age: Can pre-register at 17.5
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday March 24, register by Monday February 24
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 5
• On Election Day: Photo ID required
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/georgia/

Hawaii
• Age: Can pre-register at 16
• Can register at early voting locations or on Election Day, no automatic registration
• Democratic Presidential Primary: Saturday April 4, register by Thursday March 5; Republican Presidential Caucus: Tuesday March 10
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 5, same day registration available from October 20 – November 3
• On Election Day: Non-photo ID requested
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/hawaii/

Idaho
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• Can register on Election Day with proof of ID and residence, no automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday March 10, register by Friday February 28
• Deadline to register for General Election: Wednesday October 21, can register on Election Day
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/idaho/

Illinois
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• Can register at home district on Election Day with two pieces of identification, automatic registration has passed but is not yet implemented
• Primary: Tuesday March 17, register by Tuesday February 18 by mail or Saturday February 29 online
• Deadline to register for General Election: Tuesday October 6, online by Sunday October 18, “grace period” October 10 through Election Day
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/illinois/

Indiana
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday May 5, register by Monday April 6
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 5
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/indiana/

Iowa
• Age: Can pre-register at 17.5
• Can register on Election Day at polling place for current address with proof of identity and residency, no automatic registration
• Iowa Caucuses: Monday February 3, can register on Caucus day
• Deadline to register for General Election: Friday October 23, can register on Election Day
• On Election Day: Photo ID is requested
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/iowa/

Kansas
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Democratic Primary Election: Monday May 2; Republican Presidential Caucus: Tuesday March 7
• Deadline to register for General Election: Tuesday October 16
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/kansas/

Kentucky
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday May 19, register by Monday April 20
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 5
• On Election Day: Non-photo ID is requested
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/kentucky/

Louisiana
• Age: Can pre-register at 16
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Saturday April 4, register by mail or in person Wednesday March 4, online by Saturday March 14
• Deadline to register for General Election: by mail or in person by Monday October 5, Online by Wednesday October 14
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/louisiana/

Maine
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• Election Day registration available at the polls, no automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday March 3, register by Sunday February 16, can register on Primary Day
• Deadline to register for General Election: Tuesday November 3
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/maine/

Maryland
• Age: Can pre-register at 16
• Can register during Early Voting only at designated polling location with Maryland ID and proof of residency, no Election Day registration and no automatic registration
• Deadline to register for General Election: Tuesday October 16
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
• For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/maryland/

Massachusetts
• Age: Can pre-register at 16
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday March 3, register by Wednesday February 12
• Deadline to register for General Election: Wednesday October 14
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/massachusetts/

Michigan
• Age: Can pre-register at 17.5 if will be 18 by next Election Day
• Election Day and Automatic Voter Registration passed in 2018, but is not yet implemented
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday March 10, register by mail by Monday February 24, in person by Monday March 9, can register on Primary Day at polling location
• Deadline to register for General Election: by mail Tuesday October 20, in person Monday November 2, can register on Election Day at polling location
• On Election Day: Photo ID requested, affidavit available
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/michigan/

Minnesota
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• Can register on Election Day with proof of residence or another registered voter from precinct to who will attest to address, no automatic registration
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday March 3, register online by Tuesday February 11 or in person on Primary Day
• Deadline to register for General Election: online Tuesday October 13 or on Election Day at polling location
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/minnesota/

Mississippi
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday March 10, register by Saturday February 8
• Deadline to register for General Election: Thursday October 1
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/mississippi/

Missouri
• Age: Can pre-register at 17.5
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday March 10, register by Wednesday February 12
• Deadline to register for General Election: Wednesday October 7
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/missouri/

Montana
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• Can register at county election office on Election Day, no automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday June 2, register by Monday May 4
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 5, can register on Election Day at polling location
• On Election Day: Non-photo ID requested, can vote provisionally
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/montana/

Nebraska
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday May 12, register by Friday April 24
• Deadline to register for General Election: Online or mail Friday October 16, in-person by October 23
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/nebraska/

Nevada
• Age: Can pre-register at 17
• Can register on Election Day at polling location, no automatic registration
• Democratic Caucus: Saturday February 22, can register that day; Republican Caucus: Tuesday February 25, can register that day
• Deadline to register for General Election: By mail or in person Tuesday October 6, online by Thursday October 29, can register on Election Day at polling location
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/nevada/

New Hampshire
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• Can register on Election Day at polling place with proof of age, citizenship, and domicile, no automatic registration
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday February 11, register by Tuesday February 4
• Deadline to register for General Election: Tuesday October 27, can register on Election Day at polling location
• On Election Day: Photo ID requested, affidavit available
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/new-hampshire/

New Jersey
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• Automatic voter registration of eligible citizens when they go to an approved government agency like the DMV, no Election Day registration
• Primary: Tuesday June 2, register by Tuesday May 12
• Deadline to register: Tuesday October 13
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/new-jersey/

New Mexico
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday June 2, register by Tuesday May 5
• Deadline to register: Tuesday October 6
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/new-mexico/

New York
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 if will be 18 by end of calendar year
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday April 28, register by Friday April 3
• Deadline to register for General Election: Friday October 9
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/new-york/

North Carolina
• Age: Can pre-register at 16
• Can register during early voting at home polling place with ID, no Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday March 3, register by Friday February 7
• Deadline to register: Friday October 9 or in person during early voting from October 15-31
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/north-carolina/

North Dakota
• No registration required
• Democratic Caucuses: Tuesday March 10; Republican Convention Tuesday March 10
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote, affidavit available
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/north-dakota/

Ohio
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday March 17, register by Monday February 17
• Deadline to register for General Election: Saturday October 3
• On Election Day: Non-photo ID required to vote, such as a driver’s license, utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/ohio/

Oklahoma
• Age: Can pre-register at 17.5
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday March 3, register by Friday February 7
• Deadline to register for General Election: Friday October 9
• On Election Day: State or Federal-issued photo ID, Oklahoma voter registration card, or federally recognized tribal ID card required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/oklahoma/

Oregon
• Age: Can pre-register at 16
• Automatic voter registration for eligible citizens when they go to a government agency, like the DMV, no Election Day registration
• Primary: Tuesday May 19, register by Tuesday April 28
• Deadline to register for General Election: Tuesday October 13
• On Election Day: Oregon conducts all-mail elections, can drop off ballot on Election day
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/oregon/

Pennsylvania
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday April 28, register by Monday March 30
• Deadline to register for General Election: Tuesday October 5
• On Election Day: All first-time voter must show ID to vote, can include driver’s license, U.S. passport, student or employee ID, or non-photo documents such as current utility bill or paychecks
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/pennsylvania/

Rhode Island
• Age: Can pre-register at 16
• In presidential elections only, unregistered and eligible citizens can register and vote for President and Vice President at their local Board of Canvassers on Election Day, automatic registration when visiting a government agency like DMV
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday April 28, register by Sunday March 29
• Deadline to register for General Election: Sunday October 4
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/rhode-island/

South Carolina
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Democratic Presidential Primary: Saturday February 29, register by Thursday January 30
• Deadline to register for General Election: In-person Friday October 2, email or fax by Sunday October 4, mail by Tuesday October 5
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/south-carolina/

South Dakota
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday June 2, register by Monday May 18
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 19
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/south-dakota/

Tennessee
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday March 3, register by Monday February 3
• Deadline to register fog General Election: Monday October 5
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/tennessee/

Texas
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 if within two months of 18th birthday
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Primary: Tuesday March 3, register by Monday February 3
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 5
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/texas/

Utah
• Age: Can pre-register at 16
• Can register on Election Day, no automatic registration
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday March 3, register by mail postmarked by Sunday February 2, online or in person by Tuesday February 25, can register during early voting and on Election Day
• Deadline to register for General Election: Mail postmarked by Sunday October 4, online or in-person by Tuesday October 27, or on Election Day at polling location
• On Election Day: 1 photo ID or 2 non-photo IDs required
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/utah/

Vermont
• Age: Can pre-register at 16
• Can register on Election Day at City Clerk’s office during business hours, automatic registration when visiting a government agency like the DMV
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday March 3, register by Monday February 3
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 5, or on Election Day at City Clerk’s office during business hours
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/vermont/

Virginia
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday March 3, register by Monday February 10
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 12
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/virginia/

Washington
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day or automatic registration
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday March 10, register by Monday March 2
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 26
• On Election Day: Washington conducts all-mail elections
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/washington/

West Virginia
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• No Election Day registration, automatic registration has been passed but is not yet implemented
• Primary: Tuesday May 12, register by Tuesday April 21
• Deadline to register for General Election: Tuesday October 13
• On Election Day: Non-photo ID required to vote, can include driver’s license, voter registration card, Medicare or Social Security card, birth certificate, WV hunting or fishing license, utility bill, etc.
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/west-virginia/

Wisconsin
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• Can register on Election Day during polling hours at assigned precinct with approved form of ID and proof of residence, no automatic registration
• Presidential Primary: Tuesday April 7, register by mail postmarked March 18, in person by Friday April 3, in person on Primary day at assigned precinct
• Deadline to register for General Election: Mail postmarked by Wednesday October 14, in-person Friday October 30, or on Election Day at assigned precinct
• On Election Day: Photo ID required to vote
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/wisconsin/

Wyoming
• Age: Can pre-register at 17 as long as will be 18 by the next Election Day
• Can register on Election Day at local precinct with valid WY driver’s license or last four digits of Social Security number, no automatic registration
• Democratic Caucus: Saturday April 4, register by Friday March 20 or on Caucus Day; Republican Convention: Thursday May 7
• Deadline to register for General Election: Monday October 19 or on Election Day
• On Election Day: First time voters may need to show ID if registered by mail, can be a photo ID or a document such as a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc. with name and address
For more information: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/wyoming/

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