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Voter FAQs

When is the Presidential Election?

November 2016

What will I be voting on?

The Presidential election is a federal election, so you won’t only be casting a vote for Obama or Romney: You’ll be voting for the vice-president, members of the House of Representatives, and some members of the Senate. In your respective states, you may also be voting for a governor, other state candidates, and on local issues.

What time do I vote?

If you plan to vote in person, most polling places open between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and close between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. This is generally the case across the country, but be sure to check your state’s website for exact times.

Where do I vote?

Where you vote – your polling place – is determined by your address. This information is usually mailed to you after you register. If it wasn’t or if you forgot, you can check your state’s website or contact your local election officials.

Should I bring an I.D.?

This varies from state to state, although in most places it is not required. It’s a good idea to have your driver’s license or another acceptable form of I.D. handy just in case. If your state requires a “Voter ID” – and very few states do – this card is usually mailed out after you register to vote. If you never receive this card, contact your local election officials in advance.

What if I’m voting absentee?

After you file an absentee application with your state, you should be sent an absentee ballot. Simply fill out the ballot and mail it in. Make sure to check the deadline for your state and have the ballot postmarked on time. More information on absentee voting in certain states is included on this site.