It's probably never been more important to vote than in this year's divisive, dramatic presidential election, but you won't be able to pick your favorite if you aren't registered. Many states do not let you register to vote on voting day — some even have deadlines up to 30 days prior to the big event! Fortunately, there are plenty of easy ways to check your status in advance, whether online or over the phone. Here's how to find out if you're registered to vote before the general election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
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Check Your Status on Vote.org
Visit VOTE.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit digital voting initiative. It takes about 2 minutes to fill out the form online and find out if you're registered to vote in any state. You'll also find any other information you may need — you may even be able to sign up by mail instead of waiting at a polling place.
Delve Deeper With CanIVote.org
Visit CanIVote.org, run by the National Association of Secretaries of State. This site is a bit dated compared to VOTE.org, but it will send you directly to the appropriate website for the Department of State, where you'll be able to check your status, find your polling place and even find out what kind of ID you'll need to bring when it's time to check a box.
Make a Phone Call
Get on the phone and call your state's Department of State. The Secretary of State for the state you live in should have the records and information you need to make sure you're registered to vote. VOTE.org lists the links to each Department of State, making it extra easy for you to find the appropriate contact info.