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To register to vote in the United States you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Meet your state's residency requirements.
  • Be 18 years old. Your state may allow you to register if you will be 18 before the general election.

Students attending college in Massachusetts may register in MA with their school address by filling out a form and mailing it in.  Forms available at the library or online. 

If you'd prefer to register and vote in your home state, you will need to:

  • Register to vote following your state guidelines
  • Apply for a mail-in ballot
  • These are often two separate processes, and both need to be completed within deadlines for you to be able to vote.

All information in this guide is current as of 9/1/2022.  Please see your Secretary of State's webpage for the most recent updates.


Fact Checkers

It can be difficult to separate fact from hype so here are some resources that can help you navigate the tricky landscape of political rhetoric. - nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.

Fact Checker from the Washington Post -  The mission is to assess the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local. With the approaching election, many of statements made in the heat of the presidential contest will be scrutinized as will other difficult issues.

Project Vote Smart - Vote Smart's mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.

PolitiFact - PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times and its partners to help you find the truth in politics.  Every day, reporters and researchers from PolitiFact and its partner news organization examine statements by members of Congress, state legislators, governors, mayors, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and anyone else who speaks up in American politics. PolitiFact also ranks consistency of message.

Congressional Report Card - Since 1995, our non-partisan Report Cards have provided information on the most important, and often under-reported, part of each United States Congress member's job: making "good" laws. Report Cards popular now.