June 30, 2022

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Check Your Voter Registration

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Is your voter registration up-to-date? Even if you voted before, from time to time, states and local election offices purge their voter registration lists. They delete people who have moved or who haven’t voted in a long time. And sometimes there’s just an error.

That’s why it’s a good idea to check your registration now to make sure you can vote on Election Day.

Start by finding your local election office at usa.gov/election-office. You may be able to check your registration


By phone

By mail or


When you’re reviewing your voter registration, here’s what to look for:

Your name is correct and still on the voter list

Your address and party affiliation are up-to-date and

You’re going to the correct polling place

If you can’t find your name on the voter list or your information is wrong, contact your election office right away to correct the error.

Did you recently move or change your name? Depending on where you live, you’ll need to update your registration or re-register. Ask your election office. Sometimes just moving a few blocks away can actually change your polling place.

And check your registration if you have not voted in the past couple of elections or you didn’t mail back a postcard from your election office. They might consider you inactive and purge your name from the voter registration list.

Don’t wait until Election Day to discover you can’t vote. Check your registration now. And learn more about voting at USA.gov/voting.

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