How to Register to Vote Before Election Day

By ABC News

Sep 19, 2012 5:13pm

It’s National Voter Registration Day so if you haven’t registered yet — or aren’t sure — now is the time to do so.

According to a coalition of organizations working to get the word out today about the importance of registering and voting, 6 million Americans did not vote in 2008 because they did not know how to register or missed their local deadline.

Below is a rundown of what U.S. residents must do in order to register.

To vote by mail, residents should use the National Mail Voter Registration form. North Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands don’t accept the form, so residents should contact their local election offices for registration information.

The voter registration form can also be used to update information such as a name or address change or to register with a different political party.

U.S. residents can also apply to register to vote at state election offices, the Department of Motor Vehicles, public assistance offices, armed services recruitment centers, as well as public sites that been designated as voter registration agencies.

Some states also offer online voter registration but residents should contact their local registration offices for more information.

In August, Google launched its Online Voter Guide, which allows Google users to register to vote. Users can easily access TurboVote from the Google page and register to vote or vote by mail.

In addition, the Federal Voting Assistance Program is available for U.S. citizens living abroad and U.S. uniformed service members and their family members who seek to vote absentee.

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