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The National Mail Voter Registration Form can be used to register to vote, to update your registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address or to register with a political party. Note: After filling out this form, you must send it to a state or local election office for processing. See state-specific instructions included in the form for additional information.
The national form also contains voter registration rules and regulations for each state and territory. For more information about registering to vote, contact your state election office. Also, read our frequently asked questions about moving and registering to vote and using the National Mail Voter Registration form.
What is the National Form
The National Mail Voter Registration Form consists of four parts:
• The Application
• The General Instructions
• The Application Instructions• The State Instructions
Who can use the National Form?
Any U.S. citizen residing in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia may use this form, with the following exceptions:
North Dakota, Wyoming and U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam) do not accept this form. New Hampshire accepts the form only as a request for an absentee ballot.
Uniformed service members and overseas voters should not use this form to register to vote. Instead, they should fill out the Federal Post Card Application, available at www.fvap.gov.
Do I need to show proof of identification when I vote if I registered using the National Form?
If you are voting for the first time in your state and are registering by mail, Federal law may require you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. This proof of identification includes the following (or if voting by mail, a COPY of the following):
• A current and valid photo identification; OR
• A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.
Federal law does not require you to show proof of identification at the polling place or when voting by mail if (1) you provided COPIES of the above with your National Mail Voter Registration Form; (2) your voter registration form has been verified by an election official; or (3) you are entitled by federal law to vote by absentee ballot. Please note that individual states may have additional voter identification requirements.
Which part of the National Form do I need to mail in?
You need to mail in only the one-page application.
What can I do if my registration form is rejected?
If you feel your registration form was unjustly rejected, contact your local election official. You may also contact the voting section of the Department of Justice at (800) 253-3931, or your state’s Attorney General’s office.
How can I make sure my registration form is accepted?
Make sure you fill in all information requested in the form completely, accurately and legibly. Place it in an envelope, and affix the proper amount of postage to it.
How can I be sure my form was processed, and I’m registered to vote?
After you’ve submitted your registration form, you should receive a confirmation that you are registered within a few weeks. If you do not receive a confirmation, call your local election office before the registration deadline approaches to confirm you are registered.
Can the National Form be photocopied?
Yes. States that accept the National form will accept copies of the application printed from the computer image on regular paper stock, signed by the applicant, and mailed in a envelope with first class postage.
FAQs for Voter Registration Groups
Can my organization supply just the applications and simply provide the instructions separately as hand-outs or on posters?
Yes. As a money saving alternative to printing the entire National Mail Voter Registration Form, you may want to furnish a supply of only the voter registration applications either, printed on card stock according to the FEC specifications, or produced on 8.5' x 11’ regular weight paper. Be sure to include envelopes with the regular weight applications. The General and State Instructions could then either be photocopied and handed out with each application, or enlarged and posted at the registration site.
I’m organizing a massive voter registration drive. Is there a limit to the number of applications I can copy?
No. Voter registration groups may make as many copies of the National Mail Voter Registration Form as they would like. Furthermore, there is no limit on the number of completed forms a voter registration group may submit to local election offices. However, voter registration groups should endeavor to institute quality control measures to make sure each completed registration application they deliver to their local election offices is filled in completely and legibly.
It's also worth noting that the number of Voter Registration Forms that a state distributes is usually at the discretion of the state's chief election official. Many states base the number of forms they distribute on the size of the target population of the proposed registration drive, method of distribution, number of individuals registered by the organization in any previous voter registration drive and a number of other variables.
Can my organization mail the completed Forms we receive in our registration drive, or do the individuals need to mail them personally? If we can mail them, do they have to be individually stamped or can they be bundled?
An organization may mail completed Voter Registration Applications to the appropriate election office(s) individually or in a bundle. The Department of Justice interprets the cost of first class postage to fall into the realm of "facilitating" voter registration, and not as an attempt to induce an individual to register to vote by giving something of value, which would be prohibited by the "vote buying" provisions of the Voting Rights Act.
I've moved recently. Can I still vote?
Yes; you can certainly vote after a recent move, but you may need to update your voter registration with your local election office. Read these frequently asked questions to learn more.Does my voter registration move with me?
No. If you move within your existing county, you must complete a new voter registration form to update your new address. If you move to a different county or state, you must re-register with your new county and/or state. To find this information, visit your state election office’s Web site.Do I also have to notify my former election office that I have moved?
Requirements vary by state, but it is generally a good idea to contact both your former and your new election offices regarding your registration status. The voter registration application asks that you provide information about your previous name, address, county and state. Your new election office uses this information to notify your former election office that you no longer reside in that jurisdiction.
How can I update my voter registration information?
EAC’s National Mail Voter Registration Form may be used to register to vote, register with a political party, or update registration information with updated name or address information. Alternatively, you may obtain a voter registration form in person from the following public facilities:
• State or local election offices• The Department of Motor Vehicles• Public assistance agencies• State funded programs that serve people with disabilities
Any public facility a state has designated as a voter registration agency (such as a public library, public school, and city or county clerk’s office) Please note that you must also be aware of the registration deadlines for your state. To find this information, visit your state election office’s Web site.
Can EAC update my voter registration?
No. You must fill out the National Mail Voter Registration Form and send it to the appropriate election office. EAC does not maintain a national voter registration list nor can we send information to your state for you.
What if I’ve moved just before the election?
Most states allow a 60-day grace period for you to be able to vote using your old address. To find out if your state allows this, visit your state election office’s Web site. Also, if you are already a registered voter in that state, your state may allow you to update your address and/or your name at the polls on Election Day. Be sure to check with your state or local election office. In some states, you can go to your old polling place and update this information; in other states, you are required to go to your new polling place to update your information and vote your ballot.
What if I’m in foreclosure? Can I still vote?
If you are in the foreclosure process, and still living in your home, you may remain registered to vote using that address. If you have been forced out of your home and the foreclosure process is completed (including the end of any rights of appeal or redemption), then you should update your voter registration to reflect your new address. In many states, if you have not yet established a new permanent address, you may be able to remain registered to vote using the address of the foreclosed property, until you establish a new permanent address. Laws on this issue vary by state, so visit your state election office’s Web site for additional information. If you don’t find the information you need, call your local or state election office.
If I am living in another state temporarily, or attending college away from home, do I need to register again at my temporary address? You should register to vote using the address of your permanent residence. If you receive your mail at a P.O. Box, you can provide that information on the voter registration application, under the category of mailing address.
NOTE: If you are requesting a ballot by mail, you may request that your ballot be mailed to your temporary address, provided you will be at the temporary address on Election Day.
My elderly parent lives in a nursing home, but receives mail at my home address. Which address should be used for voter registration purposes?
The residential address is the address of the nursing home. List your home address as the mailing address.
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