How to register to vote online

How to register to vote online

Niki Brown

As the of cases of the Coronavirus spike across the country, so are fears that people may not want to vote in person in the November presidential election.

Many states are pushing citizens to register to vote online and request a mail-in ballot.

Here's how to do that in the five biggest states. 


If you are a California resident looking to register to vote online, you will need:

  1. California driver’s license OR a California ID card number.
  2. The last four digits of your social security number; and 
  3. Date of birth.

If you require further information, contact the local elections official.


If you are enrolled in a confidential address program like Safe at Home, you may be eligible to register to vote confidentially. For more information, contact Safe at Home program at (877) 322-5227 or visit


To check if you are registered, visit this page.



  1. United States citizen and a resident of California
  2. 18 Years old or older on Election Day
  3. Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, click here).
  4. Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court (for more information on this please click here.)

Elections Division Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM


Mailing Address

1500 11th Street, 5th Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814


Phone Number: (916)-657-2166

Fax: (916)-653-3214





New York


If you are a New York resident who wants to register to vote you will need:

  1.  ZIP code currently on record with the DMV; and 
  2. Your social security number. 

Register to vote here.


If you are not in possession of a DMV number or the last 4 digits of your social security number, fill out the form and attach a copy of an alternative form of ID before mailing or dropping off to your County Board of Elections. Once it is given to your local county or City Board, the process can take up to six weeks. DMV does not approve or deny voter registration applications. 


Contact your County Board of Elections here.


If you are a member of the military, click here for more information about how you and your family can register as military New York voters.


Use this page to check if you are registered to vote and where your polling site will be located.


Confidentiality for Victims of Domestic Violence must apply to the Supreme, County or Family Court in your county for an official order granting confidentiality and requiring that your records be kept separate from other voter registration records. These separate records will not be seen or copied by anyone other than election officials.



  1. United States Citizen
  2. 18 years old (may be 16 or 17 to pre-register BUT cannot vote until you are 18 years of age)
  3. Resident of the state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election
  4. Not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction (unless parolee pardoned or restored rights of citizenship)
  5. Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court; and
  6. Not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

Office Hours

Monday- Friday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

General Assistance: 1-518-486-9786


Telecommunications device for the Deaf (TDD): 711 or 1-800-662-1220 (have the relay operator dial 1-518-486-9786). 


Mailing Address

Department of Motor Vehicles

6 Empire State Plaza

Albany, NY 12228




Florida residents can vote online by visiting


You will need:

  1. Florida driver license OR Florida Identification Card issued by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles
  2. Issued date of your Florida driver license or date of Florida ID card; and
  3. Last four digits of your Social Security number (SSN4)

If you are not in possession of any of the necessary information to register, you may still use the online system to prefill a voter form. You MUST print, sign and mail or deliver your registration to your county Supervisor of Elections office.


If you are a participant with the Florida Attorney General’s Address Confidentiality Program DO NOT use this system to register to vote. Contact your county Supervisor of Elections to register.


Eligibility to vote

  1. Citizen of the United States of America
  2. Legal resident of Florida
  3. Legal resident of the county in which you are registering
  4. Be at least 16 years old to preregister or at least 18 years old to register to vote
  5. Not be a person who has been ruled mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored
  6. Not be a person convicted of a felony without having your right to vote restored.

Deadline is 29 days before the election.


Voter Assistance Hotline


Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM (EST)




To register to vote in the state of Illinois, visit



  1. United states Citizen
  2. 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General election
  3. Must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to election Day
  4. Must not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction
  5. May not claim the right to vote anywhere else

To check if you are registered to vote visit


Springfield Office Information

S. MacArthur Blvd.

Springfield, IL 62704

Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM

Phone: 217-782-4141

Fax: 217-782-5959


Chicago Office

 100 W. Randolph, Suite 14-100

Chicago, IL 60601

Hours: Monday- Friday 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM

Phone: 312-814-6440

Fax: 312-814-6485




If you would like to register to vote in the state of Texas visit



  1. United states Citizen
  2. Resident of the county where you submit the application
  3. You are 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on Election Day
  4. You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
  5. You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

To find out if you are already registered to vote visit


If you have changed any personal information such as residence or name, please visit here to update the registry. 


Texas Secretary of State Information

P.O. Box 12060

Austin, Texas 78711-2060



Toll Free: 800-252-8683

Local: 512-463-5660

Fax: 512-475-2811


This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.

Niki Brown

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