FAQ on Voting
How can I register to vote?
Go to Turbo Vote to register online.
Should I register to vote in my college community or in my hometown?
By law, you can register to vote in either location – NOT both! Many students feel more connected and know more about the candidates and issues in their hometowns, so they want to register and vote there. Some students want to be registered at their school location to be able to vote on candidates and issues that affect their school. The most important thing is that you DO vote.
If you are from Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada or Tennessee, and you did not register to vote in person, you may NOT vote by absentee ballot. Your states have additional identification laws that supersede HAVA identification requirements (see below).
Note: If you have a state-funded scholarship or a privately-funded scholarship designated for a local student, be sure to check the terms of your scholarship before registering to vote in your college community. You could lose your eligibility.
Can I register to vote at school and in my hometown?
No. You can only register at one location.
I think I already registered to vote at a different address, but I'm not sure. What should I do?
If you are not sure that you have registered or if you want to re-register at a different address, you should fill out a new voter registration form. Put the address where you want to be registered on the line that asks for your address, and if you think you were registered at another address, put that address on the line that asks you to list a former address.
Where do I vote?
To find your local precinct voting location, check with your local clerk - call the town hall, or your secretary of state. Do not let this confusion keep you from voting. You can find this information on the Harvard Votes Challenge website.
How do I apply for an absentee ballot?
You may request an application for an absentee ballot from your local county or city election official or clerk. Some states allow you to download your application from the web. For further information, check out the Harvard Votes Challenge website.
When should I apply for an absentee ballot?
Deadlines for each state vary, as do the process for requesting an absentee ballot. You should see the Harvard Votes Challenge website or get in touch with your local election official.
Do I need photo identification to vote?
Yes. The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was enacted to prevent voter fraud, and to ensure that voters who are eligible to vote will have their votes counted. If you are a first-time voter, you will be asked to show photo identification with your address on the identification. Student IDs will not count; driver's licenses will work. If you are registered in a different place than your driver's license, bring a utility bill or bank statement with your name and your residence to the voting booth. If you are voting absentee, enclose a copy of your driver's license or some other government document with your photo and address with your ballot.
What happens if I am turned away at the polls?
With the enactment of HAVA, you are allowed to ask for a provisional ballot, and you are allowed to vote. After Election Day, you will be informed if your vote was counted or the reason that you were disqualified from voting. If you have registered, and you feel that there has been some sort of mix-up, please do not leave without voting. Voting is your right.