New Citizens: Vote!

Elections just took place, and if you were not able to vote as a new citizen this can be great motivation to be ready for the next elections!

If you will be 18-years old before Election Day and completed your naturalization process, you have the right to vote in federal, state, and local elections.  

Registering to Vote 

Every state has individual voting rules. But the majority of states require citizens to register to vote, with exception of North Dakota. Some states allow people to register online, automatically at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when you are getting a license, or by using the National Voter Registration form.  

Through an online search for “register to vote” plus your state name you should easily find the state’s website and registration steps. It is very important to check your state’s deadline for registration because every state may have a different deadline too. Confirm you’re registered to vote. Registration to vote is completely free. 

Once you completed your registration, either online or in person, you can confirm you are registered online, over the phone, by mail, or in person. Voter registries also vary state by state, but they are available for people to check free of charge too.  

Make sure that your voter registration has this information correct:  

  • Your full name  
  • Your actual address 
  • Your polling place  

If you are not seeing your name on the voter registration list, reach out to the state election office and, if needed, register again. Every time you move homes or change your name you will have to update your voter registration or re-register. 

Finding Your Nearest Polling Place 

On Election Day, you go to your polling place to vote. After you register, depending on the state, you may get a letter confirming your registration and telling you your polling place. You will always vote at this polling place while you live in the address listed on your voter registration. At the polls you may be asked to show your identification, so come prepared. 


Lawful permanent residents cannot vote. If you get your license, you might be asked to register to vote but if you accept there is a risk of deportation. Non-citizens, such as green card holders cannot vote in federal, state, and most local elections. This is another reason why obtaining citizenship has the most benefits.

If you have any questions about the U.S. voting process, you can visit USA.Gov or call at 1-844-USA-GOV1 (1-844-872-4681). 


The information provided on is intended for general informational purposes only. It should not be considered as professional advice or a substitute for seeking professional guidance.

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