- The National Mail Voter Registration Form is available in 15 languages. The downloadable file includes state-by-state instructions for registering, and the form can be reproduced and submitted by mail. Please note that this form is not accepted in Wyoming, and that voters in New Hampshire who register by mail will receive absentee ballots.
- Your State’s Mail Registration Form is also available from your secretary of state. Instructions and registration forms are accessible online—just find your state and click through.
- Online Registration Forms aren’t an option in every state. But they are widely available—this one from Rock the Vote includes several language options, will let you know if you need to submit a printed form with a signature, and also links to state by state registration laws and voting requirements.
- The Fair Elections Center, in partnership with Campus Vote Project, has produced state-by-state guides for leading voter registration drives.
- Vote.org includes a list of the voter registration rules for all 50 states.
- Rock the Vote lets users select states on a map to review their voting laws, registration documentation requirements, and their rating as a “blocker,” “slacker” or “leader” in voting rights.
- Vote 411 from the League of Women Voters lets users select a state to learn about registration deadlines, election dates, ballot contents, polling locations and more.
Voter Registration Guides and Reports
- Headcount.org has produced an “in-depth guide to running a voter registration drive” in schools and communities. The guide includes useful recommendations for publicizing your registration drive and for choosing between digital and paper registration forms.
- If you’re looking for data and recommendations, Project Vote has produced several useful guides over the years with research-backed best practices for leading voter registration drives.
- The Center for Popular Democracy’s Toolkit for Local Leaders offers recommendations for implementing long-term programs to register all students. Among the communications materials available in their guide are “Talking Points for High School Voter Registration Reform,” which may help you build your team or start valuable conversations with your students about voting.
- In 2018, the League of Women Voters published recommendations drawn from the experiences of volunteers working to plan high school registration drives. Empowering the Voters of Tomorrow is a comprehensive guide that offers a wealth of information and ready-to-implement recommendations.
There are so many organizations doing this work that there’s no shortages of resources for educators. Here are a couple more we recommend:
- The My School Votes project from When We All Vote includes recommendations for leading voter registration drives and links to lessons about elections.
- The CIRCLE 2018 Election Center has a wealth of research you can use to inform your registration drive planning and examine with students in the classroom.