I’m registered to vote, but I moved. What do I need to do?
Updating your voter registration address after moving out of state is simple. All you need to do is register to vote in the new state. If you want to take the extra step, you can also cancel (or unregister) in your previous state.
Registering to vote in a new state
First, make sure you meet the voter eligibility requirements. You are eligible to vote in the U.S. if you:
- Are a U.S. citizen (either by birth or naturalization)
- Meet each of your new state’s residency requirements
- Are at least 18 years of age (some states allow 16- or 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections if they turn 18 on or before the general election. Learn more about state-specific age requirements)
Once you know you’re eligible, there are two ways to register to vote: by mail or online. Here’s how each method works:
Note: if you’ve never registered to vote, the process is the same to sign up for the first time.
Registering to vote by mail
Download and print the National Mail Voter Registration Form. After filling out the one-page application, follow the instructions, and mail it to the designated location in your state. Be sure to sign your name on the form where indicated and apply the proper amount of postage.
Note: This form can also be used to change or update addresses or mark a change in political affiliation.
Registering to vote online
Forty states, plus the District of Columbia allow for online registration. If you’ve moved to one of those, use the individual links to complete the process online.
Canceling registration in your former state
Once your new registration is set up, you can contact the state you’re moving from. They will not automatically cancel your old voter registration, so it’s important to let them know you’ve moved. While this step isn’t required, it’s recommended to help states have accurate voting numbers. Find the State Election Office website and contact them to withdraw.
Voter registration FAQs
Here are some of the most common questions people ask when registering to vote after a move:
Can I still vote if I moved?
Yes, as long as you register in the new state before the deadline. Since you vote in the place of your primary residence, as long as you meet the local residency requirements, you can vote there. Check with your local election official if you have any questions.
How long do I have to register after the move?
While you have to wait until after your move to register in the new state, don’t wait too long. Some states allow for same-day registration during the early voting period, but it’s best to do it before you go vote to avoid lines or other issues. Many states require registration up to 2-4 weeks before the election. The 2020 General Election is on November 3, so make sure you’re aware of the key deadlines for your state.
Why doesn’t my voter registration information automatically transfer when I move?
Each state has its own set of guidelines, so your data can’t be transferred automatically from state to state.
Will my new state cancel my old voter registration?
No, you have to contact the previous state and cancel your voter registration there.
Where do I mail the National Mail Voter Registration Form?
Mail the one-page application to the mailing address in the “State Instructions” area of the form. Call your county or state election officials with any questions.
What do I do if my registration form is rejected?
If you believe that your form was rejected unfairly, contact the Department of Justice at (800) 253-3931, by email at Voting.Section@usdoj.gov, or your state’s Attorney General’s office.
Can I still vote in my old state if I’m only moving temporarily?
For a temporary move, you can request an absentee ballot. Make sure to request the ballot early and send it back in plenty of time for it to be received before election day. However, if you’ve permanently moved, you should vote in the new local area.
What if I’m staying in-state, but moving to a different county, parish or precinct?
You need to change your voter registration information to your new address. Get all the information to do that here.
How do I update my info if I’m moving to a U.S. territory?
Residents in the U.S. territories don’t vote in general elections for President, but they do vote for local elections. Here’s who to contact if you’re moving to one of these areas:
- American Samoa: Government of American Samoa Election Office
- Guam: Guam Election headquarters
- Northern Mariana Islands: Commonwealth Election Commission
- Puerto Rico: State Elections Commission Office
- U.S. Virgin Islands: Elections Systems Office
Have other questions?
Since U-Pack isn’t involved in running elections, if you have questions, we recommend contacting your local election official or these government resources:
Find out what else to change after moving
Updating voter registration is just one of many moving-related tasks to manage. Whether you’re thinking ahead or trying to tackle everything after the fact, our comprehensive moving checklist can help you keep track of it all. Any other questions? Our moving consultants are happy to help! Connect with us in the comments or give us a call.
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