Specific information for each state

The USD Votes team has compiled information about registration and voting in each of the 50 states. We did our best to find all the information you need, but you are responsible for carefully reading the rules in your own state and following the information that comes from your state's official sources. Click below to learn more about the rules where you live. Follow the links to register if that is an option in your state.

A few important reminders:

  • You must register at an address you can claim as your current personal residence. You will vote for local, state, and federal elected officials who represent the particular community where that residence is located.
    • Usually, when you as a student go away to school, you can register either at your school residence (on or off campus) or at your permanent home.
    • Because of the pandemic, if students are not living on campus at USD at the time of the election, they cannot claim USD as their residence for the purposes of voting. 
  • There are two steps in most cases: registering to vote and requesting an absentee/mail ballot. Make sure you complete both steps.
    • You may need to print out and sign either your voter registration applicaiton or your mail ballot application, or both. If you print it, you often will need an envelope and a stamp to mail it in to your state or county election official (though some may print out with prepaid postage). 
  • In many cases your ballot must be received by your state by Election Day.
    • Plan to mail it as soon as you can, and at least a week early to make sure it arrives on time and is counted.
  • When you mail your ballot, remember a few things:
    • Many states require that you sign the outside of your ballot envelope. Election officials match this signature to the one the state has on file. If a signature is required, that means they will not open or count your vote unless your signature matches the one they have on file. Don't forget to sign!
    • Some states require that your ballot be notarized or that you have witnesses sign it as well, to prove that you are the person who was supposed to vote with that ballot. USD has a notary available to notarize your ballot. Email caseydominguez@sandiego.edu for contact information. 
    • States are updating their rules constantly. Please double check with your state elections officials for current requirements. You can also check reputable sources like the Washington Post's voter guide.

Remember that registering and voting in San Diego is always an easy choice if you have a residence in San Diego. 

You can also register through a website like Rock the Vote or Turbovote. But we recommend at least familiarizing yourself with your state's own rules. 

USD Votes student leaders have made helpful videos for each state, and there is more information below!

 

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Washington, DC
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming