KNOW YOUr rights
To be eligible to register to vote you must:
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Be 18 years old on or before the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote
- Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction*
- To be eligible to vote you must also be a resident of the state in which you are planning to register
As a registered voter, you should know that you have the right to…
- Choose anyone to assist you in voting with the exception of your employer or union representative
- Vote at your polling place even if your name is not on the voter list (by paper affidavit ballot)
- Ask for and receive language assistance, including assistance in Spanish or another language where required by federal or state law
- Vote by emergency paper ballot if the voting machine is broken
- Vote as long as you arrive at the polls before the official closing time – even if you are still in line after that time
- A reasonable amount of time to cast your vote
These are universal rights that all voters have. Click to check your state’s specific voting rights.
* Ex-felons can usually register to vote if they completed their term of probation or parole. Check with your state’s secretary of state website for specific information.