After completing a successful move, you will still have a long list of essential tasks to complete, from tackling the unpacking task to changing your address, registering your car with the DMV, finding new health care providers for your family and yourself, finding a good school for your kids, etc.
One such major post-relocation task that you might forget about is to change your voter registration after you have moved to your new home. Remember that you should re-register or change your voter registration information anytime you have changed your name, or you have moved to a new home permanently. It is simple, when you move to a new home, your address changes too, and by law, you are not permitted to vote in more than one place.
Read these 3 tips for changing your voter registration after you move to learn how to update your voter registration after moving to a new home, a necessary step to making sure that you will not find out, all of a sudden, that you are ineligible to vote when you make your way down to the polls on Election Day.
When to change your voter registration information
Unless you no longer want to be a voter in which case you will need to cancel your old voter registration, you will have to update your voter registration when you move to a new home.
It is important to understand that you cannot vote in more than one place, meaning that when you register to vote in a new area, you will also have to provide your previous address so that your new election office can inform your old one to cancel your voter registration with them.
You just moved to a new home, are you still registered to vote? It depends. Now, if you have moved within the same county, then you are required to fill in a new voter registration form to update your registration address.
On the other hand, if you have moved to a new county or relocated to a new state, then you have to re-register to vote in your new city or town. That is true unless you have moved to North Dakota, which does not require its citizens to register when they want to become eligible voters. To check your voter registration, visit Vote.org to verify your voter registration online.
How soon to update your voter registration
As you can imagine, there are voter registration deadlines in most US states, and the worst part is that these deadlines are different for each state. In any case, you will have to know how much time you have got to take care of this task, should you do it right away or can you postpone it a few weeks until you have finished with the most pressing tasks in your after-move to-do list?
In most of these states, the voter registration deadlines vary between two and four weeks before an election, federal, state, and local elections, as well as general, primary, and special elections. However, some states do allow you to vote the same day you register. As mentioned earlier, you should not worry about your voter registration status if you have just moved to the state of North Dakota.
To find out the election dates and deadlines in the state you just moved to, visit the US Vote Foundation and plan accordingly.
How to register to vote
You can choose between three options to change your voter registration after moving, either in person, via mail or online. And depending on the state that you moved to, you might have all three options to register to vote available to you, or you might have only a few of them.
So, make sure you have included the task of changing voter registration in your post-relocation checklist. Here are a few options open to you.
- Register to vote in personIf you have enough time, visit your local election office in person and fill out a voter registration application form. Some states will also allow you to update your voter registration information at other public facilities such as the DMV, recruitment centers of the U.S. Army, or state public assistance offices.
- Register by mailAnother way to register to vote after moving is to do it by mail. To do so, you will have to fill out the National Mail Voter Registration Form. How you fill out that form is up to you. You can print it out first and then fill in the required information by hand, or you can complete it on-screen and then print it out. The important thing is to follow the state-specific instructions on the Form.Once you have filled out the form, sign your name and mail it to your state and local election office where it will be processed. When mailing the form, make sure that the envelope has the correct amount of postage so that it can reach its destination.
- Register to vote onlineThe easiest and most convenient way that you can change your voter registration information after moving is to do it via the internet. Unfortunately, not all states provide online voter registration yet. At the moment, a total of thirty-seven US states, plus the District of Columbia, offer you the option of registering to vote online. To check whether your state is one of the states with online voter registration, visit the Online Registration Page of the National Conference of State Legislatures.Updating your voter registration online is basically the same process as filling out a paper application and mailing it to your state election office for processing. The only difference is that you fill out that form electronically, and then that paperless form is reviewed and if confirmed to be a valid request, is then sent to the election officials.Regardless of which of the three voter registration methods you have chosen to use, you will be asked to present a valid ID that confirms that you are a resident of the state in question. Each state requires different voter IDs, so it is good to be prepared. Check the voter ID requirements of your state on the Vote.org‘s page Voter ID Laws.
Now that you have read these 3 tips for changing your voter registration after you move to remember that it will take a few weeks for your voter registration to be processed. Then, it will be another five to seven weeks before you receive your voter registration card in the mail. If you are looking for a professional moving company to help you with your move, then contact Long Distance Movers Experts as the can help you to move to and from anywhere in the nation. Call their friendly representatives or visit our website to get a free moving quote and to schedule your move.
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