Voter checklist of things to do before election day

Abstract: A government-provided checklist of things to make sure you've done before election day.

  1. Confirm you are registered to vote. Update your registration if information such as address, name or political affiliation has changed.
  2. Know how and when to apply for an absentee ballot if you are unable to get to your polling place on Election Day.
  3. Know your options for early voting.
  4. Know the voter identification requirements in your state before you attempt to vote.
  5. Familiarize yourself with the voting device used in your jurisdiction. Learn how the device is accessible to voters with disabilities.
  6. Know which polling place you are assigned to and how to get there.
  7. Learn what assistance is available in languages other than English.
  8. Know what time the polls open and close.
  9. Become acquainted with the candidates and issues on the ballot.
  10. Consider becoming a poll worker in your community. Call your local election office to learn about poll worker requirements.

U.S. Election Assistance Commission. A Voter's Guide to Federal Elections. Retrieved September 3, 2008, from