If you’re still not sure, you can contact the election office in your county.
Do I need identification to vote?
It depends on where you live. Some states require photo identification, some require proof of residence but not a photo, and some require no identification at all.
You can look up your state’s requirements in our voting guide.
What else is on the ballot besides the presidential race?
Your House representative will be on the ballot this year — as is the case every two years — and 35 of the 100 seats are up for grabs in the Senate, where terms last for six years. Some ballots will also include state and local races, as well as propositions covering a range of issues like marijuana legalization, abortion access and voting methods.
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Contact local officials to see what’s on the ballot in your community, or check unofficial guides like Vote411 and Ballotpedia, where you can search for information based on where you live.
Do I have to vote in every race on my ballot?
No. The votes you cast will be counted even if you leave some races blank.
That being said, local and state officials can have just as much impact on your life as federal officials do — if not more — so it is worth taking the time to research the candidates and vote in those races.
Where and how do I vote if I moved recently?
Check with your state election board to see where you qualify as a legal resident, keeping in mind that the rules vary by state. To vote in New York, for example, you need to have lived there for at least 30 days before the election.
If you want to vote in the state you moved from, request an absentee ballot right away. Most states are allowing any registered voter to request a mail-in ballot during the coronavirus pandemic, but the request deadlines have already passed in many states.
If you want to vote in the state you moved to, you may still be able to register there, although some states’ deadlines have passed. Many states don’t require an in-state photo ID, but you will most likely need to provide proof of residency, such as a utility bill.