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Can I vote in the election if I'm a resident of Puerto Rico or another U.S. territory?

The U.S. Constitution grants voting privileges in the general election to the states and the District of Columbia only, not to U.S. territories. Residents of Puerto Rico and other territories (American Somoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam) can vote in presidential primaries but not the general election.


Can I still vote If I go to the polls and they tell me I’m not registered?

“First, make sure you are at the right polling place. (Your registered address determines the location at which you vote.) If you are at the correct location and are not on the list, you can still cast a ballot. Ask the poll worker for a provisional ballot. After the polls close on Election Day the state will check on the status of your voter registration and decide whether your vote will be counted.

Can I register to vote if I'm homeless?

Yes! Federal law provides that in all 50 states, homeless people can register and vote. They can list a shelter or even a street corner as their residence. They do need to provide a mailing address (which can be different from the registration address), which can be a shelter, organization, or anyone willing to accept mail on their behalf.

I am a victim of domestic violence. If voter registration is public information, registering to vote will enable my abuser to find me.

Check your state's regulations.

Many states,  including New York, have provisions allowing victims of domestic violence to keep their voter registration information (and other normally public information) confidential. They may also vote by absentee ballot rather than going to the polls.  Check your state’s Board of Elections for the most-up-to-date information. For details of New York’s provisions for victims of domestic violence, see  N.Y. Election Law (5-508) 11-306)   

Can people find out how I voted?

The fact that you registered to vote and that you voted, along with your address and party affiliation, are considered public information (although not necessarily easy to access). Your vote itself is anonymous, however.  

Will I be dropped from my parents health or car insurance if I register?

No! You can’t be dropped for registering to vote. This is typically used as an intimidation tactic to suppress the vote.

Can I vote in my college community if I pay out-of-state tuition?

Yes! Your tuition status does not affect your eligibility to vote (nor will registering to vote locally qualify you for in-state tuition).

Will voting in my college town affect my federal financial aid?

“Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants and Perkins or Stafford loans or your dependency status regarding FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) ( Occasionally, state and private scholarships are reserved for those who live in a particular location; however, voter registration is rarely considered to be definitive of residence for financial aid purposes.

How do I know if I am registered to vote?

In most states, you can check online with your state Board of Elections. There are also websites that assist you in confirming your registration, such as

How old do I need to be to register?

In most states, 17-year-olds may go ahead and register to vote if they will be 18 by General Election Day. Some states allow 17-year-olds to vote in Primaries, as long as they will be 18 by Election Day.