October 19, 2017
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Registering To Vote Is Way Easier Than You Think

By Kate Ryan


After watching Monday’s presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, you’ll likely be feeling a lot of things. Hopefully, the most powerful feeling you come away with (in a close second to anger-fueled horror) will be to get out and vote.

But to do that, you need to register first. Not sure how? Have no fear! It’s simple—really, ridiculously simple. And thanks to the internet, there are a bunch of different ways to go about it whether you’re more of a social media person, a fan of mailing it in, or—by some weird twist of fate—a fan of the DMV. For most states, the deadline to register to vote is early to mid-October, so make sure to get on it soon if you plan on influencing this unprecedented election.

Here’s how you can register to vote no matter where in the world you are.

Check Out The Government’s Nifty Website

I’ve got to hand it to the U.S. government; it’s really stepped up its web design game. If you head over to Vote.USA.Gov, you can find out how to register to vote in your state online, by mail, or in person. And, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 31 states allow you to register online, making things pretty easy for the majority of voting Americans.

Snap Your Way To Voter Registration

Yes, you can officially register to vote on Snapchat. According to Refinery29, you can use the social media app to be a registered voter in as little as one minute thanks to a partnership with registration app TurboVote. Just head over to the Stories and Discover pages on the app, locate TurboVote’s videos, and let celebrities like Jimmy Fallon and The Rock explain how to register. And if your state requires you to enter the physical realm and send something by mail, Snapchat will direct you to the proper forms.

Head To Your Local DMV

Head over to your local DMV’s website. There, you’ll surely find the answers you’re looking for and whether you can avoid making a trip or at least make an appointment ahead of time.

Google It

Literally go to Google.com and type in “how to register to vote.” All the information you need will show up at the top of the search results with separate tabs to pick which state you’re registering in, what the requirements are, and how much time you’ve got to get it done. It’s so simple, Siri could probably do it for you.

Living Overseas? We Got You

Maybe you’re tucked away from the election fray, sipping on fruity drinks in a tropical paradise, but you still care about how presidential policies will affect your fellow Americans. Even you, you swarthy traveler, can still register to vote. The U.S. Department of State has all the information you could ever want on filling out an absentee ballot from wherever you are in the world. Depending on which state you’re from, you may even be able to submit your ballot electronically, giving your stateside friends even more reason to hate you.