Register to Vote with Rock the Vote

FAQ

1. How do I register to vote using the Rock the Vote online voter registration tool?

To register to vote, click the Register to Vote button on any website hosting the Rock the Vote online voter registration tool or visit www.rockthevote.com. You will need Adobe Acrobat to download your voter registration form. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat, click here. You will also need a printer to print out your registration form.

Complete all requested fields in the form. You can access detailed federal and state instructions for any field by moving your mouse over the 'question mark' next to the field.

If you have any questions regarding the information requested by your state, please contact your Secretary of State. After you complete the process for filling out your voter registration application form online you must print, sign, and mail your form to your Secretary of State. For your convenience, the address of your Secretary of State is pre-printed on your form along with detailed registrations instructions for your state.

After you complete the Rock the Vote voter registration application process you will be emailed a PDF of your completed application for your records or the convenience of printing it out at a later date.

Please note: North Dakota, New Hampshire and Wyoming don't accept the National Voter Registration Application form. If you live in one of these states, contact your Secretary of State’s office.

2. If I have changed my address, name or party affiliation, how do I update my voter registration using the Rock the Vote online voter registration tool?

You should register to vote using your new address, name or party affiliation. To register to vote, click the Register to Vote button on any site hosting the Rock the Vote online voter registration tool or visit www.rockthevote.com. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to download your voter registration form. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat, click here. You will also need a printer to print out your registration form.)

If you have previously registered to vote and want to change your name or address do NOT mark the checkbox next to the statement: “I am registering to vote for the first time.” 

On Step 3 of the process, to change your address, you will mark the checkbox next to the statement: “I have changed my address.” You will be given the opportunity to enter your previous address. If you are changing your name, mark the checkbox next to the statement: “I have changed my name.” You will be given the opportunity to enter your previous name. If you are changing your party affiliation, simply enter your new party affiliation on Step 2 of the process. Complete the rest of the form as indicated.  

3. Why is my Social Security number or state ID required?

Under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), federal law now requires registrants to provide an identification number. The requirements for this information vary from state to state.  Detailed state instructions for the ID field are provided during the online voter registration application process. If you have any questions about your state's requirements, please contact your Secretary of State.

4. Why won't my form print?

Why won't my form print?
Make sure that you have the most current version of Adobe Acrobat (you can download it for free at Adobe Acrobat). Your voter registration form can only be read and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

5. Can I print my voter registration form at a later time?

Yes. At the end of the voter registration process you will be directed to 'Print Form'. If you cannot immediately print your form, you can save the PDF file to your computer or a disk for later printing. Rock the Vote will also send you an email with a copy of your PDF form attached.

6. What do I do if I experience technical problems when using the Rock the Vote voter registration widget?

If you are still having technical problems, you can download a blank voter registration form and fill it out by hand. You can also contact your Secretary of State to request that a registration form be mailed to you. Click here for your Secretary of State's website, contact information and state registration deadlines.

7. What happens to the information I provide through the Rock the Vote online voter registration tool?

All personal information and other unique identifiers submitted in the process of registering to vote are used to produce the voter registration form for you to send to your local or state election officials. If you provide a state-issued identification number or Social Security number, it will be used solely for the production of your voter registration form.  Please review the Rock the Vote online voter registration platform privacy policy here.

8. Where do I send my voter registration form?

For your convenience, the voter registration widget pre-prints the address of your Secretary of State onto your form. You may also click here to find the contact information for your Secretary of State.

9. How do I know I am registered?

To find out the status of your voter registration application, please contact your Secretary of State or local elections official. Please click here to find the contact information for your Secretary of State.
 
10. How do I get an absentee ballot?

To obtain an absentee ballot, please contact your Secretary of State. Please click here to find the contact information for your Secretary of State.

11. Where is my polling place?

To find your polling place, please contact your Secretary of State. Please click here to find the contact information for your Secretary of State.

12. How do I vote if I am military personnel or a United States citizen living outside the United States?

For information on voting, registering to vote and absentee ballots for military personnel or United States citizens living outside the United States, please visit http://www.rockthevote.com/voting-is-easy/voting-rights/overseas-rights/overseas.html.