How to Register to Vote Online. In order to register to vote online, you must have your personal information, such as address, gender and identification number in front of you, and be ready to fill out the online application. Some states do not allow you to register online, so it is best to check your address against a national source for voting registration.

Register to Vote Online

Print your full name in the following order: last, first, middle. You are not permitted to use initials or nicknames on the voter registration application.

Input your physical, legal address. You cannot use P.O. boxes or rural routes. If you have a separate mailing address than your living address, certain states will require both in their appropriate sections.

Give your identification number because federal and state law requires that you possess some type of identification number in order to register to vote online. If you do not have a personal identification number, such as driver's license or social security number, leave this section blank and the state will provide you with a unique number. You may be required to show your ID at the polls when you go to vote.

Submit your telephone and email address. This is typically voluntary and is only asked in case the state has a question about your registration application. Keep in mind that if you provide this information the state will not sell or give your number or email address to any third parties.

Name your political party affiliation if you have one. If you would rather not be associated with a party, you may check the box that states "no affiliation." If your political party is not represented on the form, you may choose to check the box labeled "other" and then fill in the name of your party association on the blank line that follows.

Fill out the section that asks where you have been previously registered to vote. This is asked so that the state can notify your former jurisdiction to cancel your voting registration there.

Identify whether or not you are considered to be an absentee voter. Some states allow you to become a permanent absentee voter in your jurisdiction, while others require you to qualify for absentee status each year based on certain state qualifiers.

Check off the appropriate ethnicity or race box that best suits you. This is voluntary.

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  • You cannot be registered to vote in two places simultaneously.

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  • It is illegal and punishable by fine and up to 3 years in prison to register another person to vote online, or to report false information on your voter registration application.