Registration periods nearly over; act now so you can vote Nov. 8

| 10/13/2011

With Election Day about three weeks away, there still is time to register to vote in many states.

Although nearly half of all states have seen their deadlines to register to vote come and go, potential voters in many states still have time to ensure their opportunity to cast a ballot on Nov. 8.

Sixteen states have registration deadlines that range between Friday, Oct. 14, and Oct. 28. Those states are Alabama, California, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Connecticut, Washington and Vermont have deadlines in the week leading up to Election Day.

Eight states offer same-day registration – Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Wyoming – which means you can register and vote at the same time, but only if you have a photo ID with your address on it.

Any time you move – even across the street – you must reregister. The exception is North Dakota, where no registration is required. It is worth noting that P.O. boxes are not acceptable to establish residency.

If you registered in the past, but haven’t voted for a few years, contact your local election office before the deadline to make sure your registration is still active.

To register, visit and click on “How to register.” A state list is available to choose from.