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Voting FAQs

When is the next election?

The 2012 Presidential Election will take place on November 6, 2012.

How will I find out where to vote on Election Day?

Your polling place is determined by your address. After you’ve registered to vote, you will receive a notification in the mail from the elections office. In some states, this notification will be a “voter ID card.” This notice will confirm that you are now a registered voter (congratulations!). The notice may also include information about where your polling place will be, so make sure you hold on to it. In some states, you will receive a “sample ballot” as Election Day nears. This booklet or paper may include your specific polling place for your home address, so you should definitely save it. You may want to mark your “sample ballot” with your voting choices and bring it with you on Election Day.

Polling places can change up until the last minute, so make sure to double-check your polling place online or by phone. Check with your local elections official

(click here to find their contact information).

What is a Voter ID?

Some states require you to bring a “voter ID” with you. Your “voter ID” card will come to you in the mail after you register to vote. In addition to your “voter ID”you will receive information telling you where your polling place is and what you need to bring with you on Election Day. Also, if you marked your “sample ballot” make sure to bring it with you! It will not only help you remember who and what you want to vote for, but it will save you a ton of time in the voting booth.

What if I never got my voter ID card in the mail or I lost it before the election?

This is nothing to worry about! Remember, not all states send out voter cards, so if you don’t receive something in the mail you can always call your state’s office and double check you are registered. Click here to find the contact info for your state’s Secretary of State office. Again, because this card includes your polling place address on it, make sure to double check your polling place the night before the election!

What time do polling sites open and close?

In all states, polling places generally open between 6 and 9 a.m., and they close between 6 and 9 p.m. But each state varies slightly in its polling hours.

Click here to check on your state’s Secretary of State Web site for this information.

Can I still vote if I’m in the armed forces or living abroad?

All eligible Americans have the right to vote, but the rules for people in the armed forces or abroad are different than people living in the United States. For information about voting abroad, contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program (http://www.fvap.gov or 800-438-VOTE). Also visit the

Overseas Vote Foundation for detailed information on registering and voting overseas.

If I want to vote in the primary elections, when do I have to be registered?

The deadlines vary from state to state. Your registration deadline may be 30 days before the day of the primary, or you may you may be able to register the day you vote.

Click here to find out your state’s voter registration deadline for the 2012 Primary Election.

I have a state-specific question about voter registration or elections in my state. How do I contact my Secretary of State’s contact information?

We’ll hook you up. What state will you be voting in this year?

Hon. Beth Chapman
State Capitol Building – Suite S-105
600 Dexter Avenue PO Box 5616
beth.chapman@sos.alabama.gov
(334) 242-7200
(334) 242-4993
Hon. Mead Treadwell
Alaska State Capitol Building Third Floor
PO Box 110015
lt.governor@alaska.gov
(907) 465-3520
(907) 465-5400
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Hon. Ken Bennett
Capitol Executive Tower
7th Floor 1700
W. Washington St.
Phoenix AZ 850072808
sosadmin@azsos.gov
(602) 542-4285
(602) 542-1575
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Hon. Mark Martin
State Capitol, RM 256
500 Woodlane Ave # 256
Little Rock AR 72201
arsos@sos.arkansas.gov
(501) 682-1010
(501) 682-3510
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Hon. Debra Bowen
1500 11th Street
Sacramento CA 95814
secretarybowen@sos.ca.gov
(916) 653-7244
(916) 653-4795
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Hon. Scott Gessler
1700 Broadway, Suite 250
Denver CO 80290
secretary@sos.state.co.us
(303) 894-2200
(303) 869-4860
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Hon. Denise Merrill
30 Trinity Street PO Box 150470
Hartford, CT 6105
denise.merrill@ct.gov
(860) 509-6200
(860) 509-6209
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Hon. Jeffrey Bullock
401 Federal St., Suite 3
Dover
DE 19901
monique.hampton@state.de.us
(302) 739-4111
(302) 739-3811
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Hon. Cynthia BrockSmith
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW,
Suite 419
Washington DC 20004
secretary@dc.gov
(202) 727-6306
(202) 727-3582
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Hon. Ken Detzner
R.A. Gray Bldg.
500 S. Bronough, Suite 100
Tallahassee FL 32399
dossecretaryofstate@dos.myflorida.com
(850) 245-6500
(850) 245-6125
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Hon. Brian Kemp
Elections Division 2 MLK Jr. Dr. S.E. Suite 802,
Floyd West Tower
Atlanta GA 30334
sos@sos.ga.us
(404) 656-2881
(404) 656-0513
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Hon. Ray Tenorio
Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex PO Box 2950
Hagåtña GU 96932
service@guam.gov
(671) 475-9380 / 3
(671) 472-2007
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Hon. Brian Schatz
State Capitol 415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu HI 96813
ltgov@hawaii.gov
(808) 586-0255
(808) 586-0231
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Hon. Ben Ysursa
700 West Jefferson Room E205 PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720
secstate@sos.idaho.gov
(208) 334-2300
(208) 334-2282
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Hon. Jesse White
213 State Capitol
Springfield IL 62756
jessewhite@ilsos.net
(217) 782-2201
(217) 785-0358
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Hon. Connie Lawson
Office of the Indiana Secretary of State 200 W. Washington St., Room 201
Indianapolis IN 46204
sos@sos.in.gov
(317) 232-6532
(317) 2333-283
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Hon. Matt Schultz
1007 East Grand Avenue Room 105, State Capitol
Des Moines IA 50319
sos@sos.iowa.gov
(515) 281-8993
(515) 242-5952
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Hon. Kris Kobach
Kansas Secretary of State Memorial Hall, 1st Floor 120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka KS 66612
sos@sos.ks.gov
(785) 296-4575
(785) 368-8033
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Hon. Alison Lundergan
Office of the Secretary of State
The Capitol Building
700 Capital Avenue Suite 152
Frankfort KY 40601
alison.lundergangrimes@ky.gov
(502) 564-3490
(502) 564-5687
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Hon. Tom Schedler
19th and 20th Floors
900 N. Third St. PO Box 94125
Baton Rouge LA 70804-9125
admin@sos.la.gov
(225) 342-4479
(225) 342-5577
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Hon. Charles E. Summers, Jr.
Nash School Building
103 Sewall St., 2nd Floor
Augusta ME 04333-0148
sos.office@maine.gov
(207) 626-8400
(207) 287-8598
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Hon. John McDonough
16 Francis Street
Annapolis MD 21401
mdsos@sos.state.md.us
(410) 974-5521
(410) 974-5527
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Hon. William Galvin
Citizen Information Service
One Ashburton Place, Room 1611
Boston MA 2133
cis@sec.state.ma.us
(617) 727-9180
(617) 742-4722
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Hon. Ruth Johnson
430 West Allegan St., 4th
Flr
Lansing MI 48918
secretary@michigan.gov
(517) 373-2510
(517) 373-0727
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Hon. Mark Ritchie
180 State Office Bldg.,
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul MN 55155-1299
secretary.state@state.mn.us
(651) 201-1328
(651) 296-9073
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Hon. C. Delbert Hosemann, Jr.
401 Mississippi Street
Jackson MS 39205-0136
delbert.hosemann@sos.ms.gov
(601) 359-1350
(601) 359-6700
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Hon. Robin Carnahan
State Capitol Room 208, 600 West Main Street
Jefferson City MO 65101
SOSMain@sos.mo.gov
(573) 751-4936
(573) 552-3082
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Hon. Linda McCulloch
State Capitol Building
1301 E. 6th Avenue
Helena MT 59620-2801
sos@mt.gov
(406) 444-2034
(406) 444-3976
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Hon. John Gale
PO Box 94608-4608 State Capitol, 1445 K St., Suite 2300
Lincoln NE 68509-4608
secretaryofstate@nebraska.gov
(402) 471-2554
(402) 471-3237
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Hon. Ross Miller
101 North Carson Street
Suite 3 Carson City NV 89701
sosmail@sos.nv.gov
(775) 684-5708
(775) 684-5724
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Hon. William Gardner
107 North Main Street, State House, Room 204
Concord NH 3301
kladd@sos.state.nh.us
(603) 271-3242
(603) 271-6316
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Hon. Kim Guadagno
New Jersey Department of State
225 W.State Street, P.O. Box 300
Trenton NJ 8625
lt.governor@gov.state.nj.us
(609) 777-2581
(609) 777-1764
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Hon. Dianna Duran
New Mexico State Capitol 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300
Santa Fe NM 87503
sos@mt.gov
(505) 827-3600
(505) 827-3634
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Hon. Cesar Perales
One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Ave
Albany NY 12231
hwilbard@dos.state.ny.us
(518) 486-9844
(518) 474-4765
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Hon. Elaine Marshall (D)
2 South Salisbury St.
Raleigh NC 27626
emarshal@sosnc.com
(919) 807-2005
(919) 807-2010
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Hon. Alvin “Al” Jaeger (R)
600 E Boulevard Ave Dept 108, 1st Floor
Bismarck ND 58505-0500
sos@nd.gov
(701) 328-2900
(701) 328-2992
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Hon. Jon Husted (R)
180 East Broad Street, 16th Floor
Columbus OH 43215
jhusted@ohiosecretaryofstate.gov
(614) 466-2655
(614) 644-0649
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Hon. Glenn Coffee (R)
2300 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Ste. 101
Oklahoma City OK 73105-4897
(405) 521-3912
(405) 521-2031
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Hon. Kate Brown (D)
136 State Capitol
Salem OR 97301
oregon.sos@sos.or.us
(503) 986-1523
(503) 986-1616
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Hon. Carol Aichele (R)
302 North Office Building
Harrisburg PA 17120
STPRESS@state.pa.us
(717) 787-6458
(717) 787-1734
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Hon. A. Ralph Mollis (D)
82 Smith St.,
State House Room 217
Providence RI 2903
armollis@sos.ri.gov
(401) 222-1035
(401) 222-1356
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Hon. Mark Hammond
1205 Pendleton Street Suite 525
Columbia SC 29211
rdaggerhart@sos.sc.gov
(803) 734-2170
(803) 734-1661
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Hon. Jason Gant
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre SD 57501
jason.gant@state.sd.us
(605) 773-3537
(605) 773-6580
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Hon. Tre Hargett
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Nashville TN 37243-0305
tre.hargett@tn.gov
(615) 741-2819
(615) 741-5962
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Hon. Esperanza “Hope” Andrade
1100 Congress Capitol Bldg., Room 1E.8
Austin TX 78711-2887
secretary@sos.state.tx.us
(512) 463-5770
(512) 475-2761
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Hon. Gregory S. Bell
Utah State Capitol
Complex Suite 220
P.O. Box 142325
Salt Lake City UT 84114
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(801) 538-1041
(801) 538-1133
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Hon. Jim Condos
128 State Street
Montpelier VT 5633
jim.condos@sec.state.vt.us
(802) 828-2148
(802) 828-2496
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Hon. Janet Polarek
1111 East Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond VA 23218
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Hon. Sam Reed
Legislative Building PO Box 40220
Olympia WA 98504-0220
sam.reed@sos.wa.gov
(360) 902-4151
(360) 586-5629
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Hon. Natalie Tennant
Bldg. 1, Suite157K,
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston WV 25305
wvsos@wvsos.com
(304) 558-6000
(304) 558-6000
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Hon. Douglas La Follette
30 W. Mifflin, 10th Floor PO Box 7848
Madison WI 53707-7848
doug.lafollette@sos.state.wi.us
(608) 266-8888
(608) 266-3159
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Hon. Max Maxfield
State Capitol Building
200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne WY 82002
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I am not going to be in town for the elections. How do I sign up for an Absentee Ballot form?
  1. Easy! First, check to see if you are currently registered to vote at this site.
  2. If you are not registered to vote yet, use our tool to the right or go to http://www.ourtime.org/vote/ to register.
  3. Then, go to the Absentee Ballot request site and create a login for a Voter Account (or you can continue without one).



    Fill out all the appropriate information and click “continue”. The next page will ask you to create an account again or continue without an account, continue to the next page.
  4. Finally, download your form for print, sign it, and send it in to your Election Office address that is provided for you!
  5. That’s it!

Do I need to bring a government issued ID with me to vote?

Possibly. It depends on the state. Some states now require you to show a government issued identification to prove your identity before you can enter the voting booth. Follow this link (http://www.866ourvote.org/state) and select your state to find out if you need to bring some form of government issued identification with you to the polls.

Why do the dates of the primaries keep changing?

Traditionally Iowa holds the first caucus, which is then followed by the New Hampshire primary. Some have argued that this gives those two states an unfair advantage in determining which candidates will continue their campaign. Since there are few formal rules regarding the primaries, most of the dates are chosen out of tradition.

Click here for your state’s primary/caucus date.

What are the main political parties?

Constitution Party: www.constitutionparty.com
Democratic Party: www.democrats.org
Green Party: www.gp.org
Independent American Party: www.usiap.org
Libertarian Party: www.lp.org
Reform Party: www.reformparty.org
Republican Party (Grand Old Party): www.gop.com

Have a question? Email us or contact your secretary of state.

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