Why Do We Vote?

For the average American, voting is probably the most visceral expression of patriotism. More than that, it is an act of loyalty to one’s professed ideological and political beliefs. Fundamentally though, voting accords every qualified member of the society with the opportunity to chart the future direction of the country.

Where and How Do We Vote?

Every American above the age of 18 years, regardless of gender, race and religion, has the right to vote. However, to participate in the democratic process, you are required to be a registered voter, unless you are a resident of North Dakota, who are automatically registered and added to the roll when they meet the age or citizenship requirements.

Registration can be made at numerous locations in your state of residency, and is subject to the state’s laws and regulations. To find out more, please click on your state of residence from the menu on the left. Alternatively, you may choose to register by mail, which is still regulated by the laws of your state of residence.

For more information, please refer to your state of residence  Voter Registration

Mail In Voter Registration

Mail in voter registrations are available to U.S. citizens who are currently residing within the country, with the exception of voters residing in North Dakota and Wyoming. North Dakotans are added to the voting roll automatically, while Wyoming does not permit mail registration.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Absentee voting and active-duty members of the Armed Forces

For U.S. citizens traveling or working abroad, and members of the U.S. armed forces currently serving outside the country, absentee voting is a quick and simple. You will have to initially register to vote with your legal state of residence. You must also request absentee ballots in advance (preferably annually), to participate in the election process.

Voting registration and ballot requests can be made online at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.


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