How to register to vote Voter Registration Age Requirements by State in USA

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While the legal voting age in the U.S. is 18, voter registration and pre-registration rules and ages are different in every state. Check your state’s official voter registration page in the links below for the most detailed and up-to-date information.

StateEarliest Age
AlabamaYou must be at least 18 on or before Election Day to register.
AlaskaYou must be at least 18 or within 90 days of your 18th birthday to register.
ArizonaYou must be 18 or older on or before the next general election to register.
ArkansasYou must be 18 or turn 18 on or before the next Election Day to register.
CaliforniaYou must be 18 or older on Election Day to register. You can pre-register to vote at 16 or 17 and if you do, you will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday.
ColoradoYou must be at least 16 to register.
ConnecticutIf you are at least 17 and turning 18 before Election Day, you can register to vote and you may participate in the general primary.
DelawareYou must be 18 on or before the next general election to register.
District of ColumbiaYou can pre-register to vote at 16.
FloridaYou must be at least 16 to pre-register.
GeorgiaYou must be at least 17 ½ to register.
HawaiiYou can pre-register to vote at 16.
IdahoYou must be at least 18 on Election Day to register.
IllinoisTo register, you must be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General or Consolidated Election.
IndianaYou must be at least 18 on or before the next general, municipal, or special election to register. If you’re 17, you may register and vote in the primary election if you turn 18 on or before the next general or municipal election.
IowaYou must be at least 17 ½ to register.
KansasYou must be 18 on or before the next election to register.
KentuckyYou must be 18 on or before the next general election to register.
LouisianaYou can be 16 to register in person at the Registrar of Voters office or at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. If you register another way, you must be at least 17.
MaineYou must be at least 17 to register. You can vote at age 17 in a primary if you’ll be 18 by the next general election.
MarylandYou can register if you are at least 16.
MassachusettsYou can pre-register at 16 or 17. Once you become old enough to vote, your local election office will move you from the list of pre-registrants to the list of registered voters.
MichiganYou must be 18 by Election Day to register.
MinnesotaYou must be 18 on or before the next Election Day to register.
MississippiYou must be 18 on or before the next general Election Day to register.
MissouriYou must be at least 17 ½ to register.
MontanaYou must be 18 on or before the next election to register.
NebraskaYou must be 18 on or before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of the current calendar year to register.
NevadaYou must be 18 or over on or before Election Day to register.
New HampshireYou must be 18 or older on the day of the next election to register.
New JerseyYou must be at least 17 to register.
New MexicoIf you’re 17 and will be 18 by the general election, you can register and you may participate in the primary election.
New YorkYou must be at least 18 by end of calendar year in which you register to vote.
North CarolinaYou must be at least 16 to register to vote.
North DakotaYou do not have to register to vote in North Dakota.
OhioIf you’re 17 and will be 18 on or before the general election, you can register to vote. You may also vote in the primary election to nominate candidates at 17, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18.
OklahomaYou must be 18 on or before the date of the next election to register.
OregonYou must be at least 16 to register.
PennsylvaniaYou must be at least 18 on the day of the next election to register.
Rhode IslandYou must be at least 16 to register.
South CarolinaYou must be 18 on or before Election Day to register.
South DakotaYou must be 18 on or before the next election to register.
TennesseeYou must be at least 18 on or before the next election to register.
TexasYou must be at least 17 and 10 months old and 18 on Election Day to register.
UtahYou can pre-register if you are 16 or 17.
VermontIf you are 17 and will become 18 before the next election, you can submit your registration application, but it will not become active until you turn 18 and take the Voter’s Oath.
VirginiaIf you are 17 and will be 18 at the next general election, you may register in advance and vote in any primary or special election.
WashingtonYou can register if you will be at least 18 by Election Day.
West VirginiaYou must be at least 17 and turning 18 before the next election to register. If you’re 17 but will be 18 before the next general election, you can also vote in primary elections.
WisconsinYou may register at 17 if you will be 18 by the next election.
WyomingYou must be 18 on or before the next election to register.

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