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Get registered and vote
Deadlines vary from state to state

Election Day is Nov. 2, so it is important to register now to cast your ballot. Your vote can make a difference.

Fourteen states require registration at least 30 days before Election Day: Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

In 18 states, the registration deadline is 20 to 29 days before Election Day. They are Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Virginia and West Virginia.

Nine states offer same-day registration – Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Wyoming – which means you can register and vote at the same time, but only if you have a photo ID with your address on it. In North Carolina, voters must register three days before the election in order for same-day voting.

The remaining states have registration deadlines that vary between the day before and 19 days before Election Day.

Any time you move – even across the street – you must reregister. The exception is North Dakota, where no registration is required.

If you registered in the past, but haven’t voted for a few years, contact your local election office before the deadline to make sure your registration is still active. LL

Source: Project Vote Smart