Elections, at all levels of government, can be extraordinarily close.
In 2016, only 16 votes separated the top two primary candidates for Arizona's 5th Congressional district. (A recount later expanded the lead to 27 votes.) And in 2010, only 193 votes separated Illinois gubernatorial primary candidates. In 1984, Indiana's 8th Congressional district seat was determined by four votes.
And, our nation's election history has seen many races determined by a single vote. Your vote matters — and so do the votes of your family, neighbors, and friends. Vote on Nov. 6!
It is important to go to your current, designated polling location, because other locations will not have your name on their voter roster. There are several ways to find your designated in-person polling place:
- Your state or local election office. (Under the U.S. Constitution, federal and state elections are administered by states. Each election office provides its own voting information for their residents.)
- Use this poll locator (if this locator does not yet have the data for your polling location, please try Vote.org's list of local election office polling locations):
- If you received a sample ballot in the mail, the address label section may include your polling location.
Polling locations are based on your voter registration address. They can be located in schools, fire stations, and even private homes. Your polling location is not permanent and may differ from election to election, for example, as a result of changes to precinct boundaries or number of registered voters.
If you do not go to your designated polling location, you may be able to vote by provisional ballot. All states, except Idaho, Minnesota, and New Hampshire, provide provisional ballots, which voters can request at polling places, for example, if their name cannot be found on the poll list. The reasons for accepting and the process for handling provisional ballots vary by state.
If the line is long, please remain in line. Polls will remain open as long as people began waiting in line before the poll's scheduled close time. Polling hours vary by location. They are generally open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Early in-person voting is offered in 37 states, and the District of Columbia, with some early voting already underway.
- Learn if and when early voting begins for your state.
- Find early voting locations and hours through your state or local election office or Voting Information Project's Go to the Polls.
If you received an absentee ballot or vote-by-mail ballot, you must mail it in or drop it off at designated locations before the deadline, which varies by state. (Not all states accept ballots postmarked by Nov. 6, with some states requiring ballots be received several days prior to Election Day.)
- Check your state or local election office for your absentee or vote-by-mail deadline.
Please make sure to follow the instructions on your absentee or vote-by-mail ballot, including signing your ballot and affixing the appropriate amount of postage.
All states offer absentee voting, although rules on eligibility and process differ by state. (How to request an absentee ballot.)
If you live outside of the United States, please visit the U.S. Vote Foundation for resources.
Every state, except North Dakota, requires voters to register.
Voter registration deadlines vary by state, with some allowing voters to register on Election Day, while others require registration weeks before Election Day.
- Check your state or local election office to see if registration for this election is still being accepted.
How to register? 37 states, and the District of Columbia, allow voters to register to online at Vote.gov. In-person registration is available at certain public facilities, such as local election offices or Department of Motor Vehicle locations. The National Mail Voter Registration Form is also available in different languages, including Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
34 states require some type of ID for all voters, with specific rules varying by state.
- Before you head to the polls, check if your state requires identification, and if so, photo or non-photo ID.
17 states accept only photo IDs (such as driver's licenses): Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaiʻi, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Another 17 states accept certain types of non-photo IDs (such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, and utility bills): Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.
Voters who are not carrying the type of required ID to the polls may still be able to cast a provisional ballot, though additional steps may be required (for example, presenting the required ID at an election office within a specified period of time).
If you are a first-time voter, in any state, bring ID with you to the polls. Federal law requires first-time voters, who did not register in-person, to present identification at the polls.
In this election, everyone will be voting for who will represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Additional federal, state, and local offices, and ballot initiatives will be determined by the state, county, and city each voter lives in. 35 Senate seats, 36 state and three U.S. territory governors, many city mayors, and many local measures are also on ballots.
- Check your state or local election office to see if your sample ballot is available online or can be requested.
How sample ballots are provided varies by state. If you're registered to vote, many states will mail you a sample ballot and voter information guide about 2–5 weeks before Election Day. Some states may make sample ballots available at polling locations, while others publish them in local newspapers.
Voter information guides include candidate statements and descriptions of ballot initiatives. Voters can learn more through resources such as Ballotpedia.org and the opinion section of your local newspapers.
Races for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in 15 states are being closely watched. If you live in one of these congressional districts, or know people who do, make sure you vote. (The towns and cities listed below are not a full list of areas encompassed by each district. Find out which congressional district you live in.)
** Denotes incumbent
|District||R Candidate||D Candidate||Major Cities / Towns|
|AZ-01||Wendy Rogers||Tom O'Halleran**||PHOENIX, TUCSON|
|AZ-02||Lea Marquez Peterson||Ann Kirkpatrick||TUCSON, SW AZ|
|CA-10||Jeff Denham **||Josh Harder||MODESTO, OAKDALE|
|CA-07||Andrew Grant||Ami Bera**||ELK GROVE, RANCHO CORDOVA|
|CA-16||Elizabeth Heng||Jim Costa**||FRESNO, MERCED, MADERA|
|CA-21||David Valadao**||Clarke Tucker||BAKERSFIELD, COALINGA, HANFORD|
|CA-25||Steve Knight**||Katie Hill||SANTA CLARITA, PALMDALE|
|CA-39||Young Kim||Gil Cisneros||FULLERTON, ANAHEIM HILLS|
|CA-45||Mimi Walters**||Katie Porter||IRVINE, MISSION VIEJO|
|CA-48||Dana Rohrabacher**||Harley Rouda||HUNTINGTON BEACH, SUNSET BEACH|
|CA-49||Diane Harkey||Mike Levin||OCEANSIDE, CARLSBAD|
|CA-50||Duncan Hunter**||Ammar Campa-Najjar||LAKESIDE, POWAY, RAMONA|
|CO-06||Mike Coffman**||Jason Crow||AURORA, LITTLETON, HENDERSON|
|FL-06||Nancy Soderberg||Michael Walz||DAYTONA BEACH, NEW SMYRNA BEACH|
|FL-07||Mike Miller||Stephanie Murphy**||ORLANDO, MAITLAND, WINTER PARK|
|FL-16||Vern Buchanan**||David Shapiro||BRADENTON, SARASOTA|
|FL-18||Brian Mast**||Lauren Baer||FT. PIERCE, PALM BEACH|
|FL-26||Carlos Curbelo**||Debbie Mucarsel-Powell||SW MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, KEY WEST|
|FL-27||Maria Salazar||Donna Shalala||MIAMI, MIAMI BEACH, WEST MIAMI|
|ME-02||Bruce Poliquin**||Jared Golden||BANGOR, LEWISTON, PRESQUE ISLE|
|NJ-03||Tom MacArthur**||Andy Kim||BURLINGTON, MOORESTOWN, TOMS RIVER|
|NJ-07||Leonard Lance**||Tom Malinowski||RARITAN, UNION, FRANKLIN|
|NJ-11||Jay Webber||Mikie Sherrill||WEST ORANGE, ROCKAWAY, MORRIS|
|NY-19||John Faso**||Antonio Delgado||POUGHKEEPSIE, ONEONTA|
|NY-22||Claudia Tenney**||Anthony Brindisi||UTICA, BINGHAMTON, CORTLAND|
|NY-24||John Katko**||Dana Balter||SYRACUSE, OSWEGO, AUBURN|
|NY-27||Chris Collins**||Nate McMurray||GENESEO, BATAVIA, EAST AURORA|
|NV-03||Danny Tarkanian||Susie Lee||HENDERSON, UNINCORPORATED CLARK COUNTY|
|NV-04||Steven Horsford||Cresent Hardy||NORTH LAS VEGAS|
|PA-01||Brian Fitzpatrick**||Scott Wallace||DOYLESTOWN, QUAKERTOWN, PERKASIE|
|PA-05||Pearl Kim||Mary Gay Scanlon||CHESTER, MEDIA, RADNOR|
|PA-06||Greg McCauley||Chrissy Houlihan||WEST CHESTER, COATESVILLE, DOWNINGTOWN|
|PA-07||Marty Nothstein||Susan Wild||ALLENTOWN, EASTON, NAZARETH|
|PA-08||John Chirin||Matt Cartwright**||SCRANTON, WILKES-BARRE, HAZLETON|
|PA-10||Scott Perry**||George Scott||HARRISBURG, YORK|
|PA-16||Mike Kelly**||Ron DiNicola||ERIE, GROVE CITY, EDINBORO|
|PA-17||Keith Rothfus**||Connor Lamb||FOX CHAPEL, OAKMONT, SEWICKLEY|
|TX-07||John Culberson**||Lizzie Fletcher||HOUSTON, BARKER|
|TX-23||Will Hurd**||Gina Jones||FORT STOCKTON, CRYSTAL CITY|
|TX-32||Pete Sessions**||Colin Allred||DALLAS|
|UT-04||Mia Love**||Ben McAdams||SALT LAKE CITY, NEPHI, EAGLE MOUNTAIN|
|VA-02||Scott Taylor**||Elaine Luria||VIRGINIA BEACH, NORFOLK, HAMPTON|
|VA-07||Dave Brat**||Abigail Spanberger||CULPEPPER, GLEN ALLEN, ORANGE|
|VA-10||Barbara Comstock**||Jennifer Wexton||WINCHESTER, ASHBURN, CHANTILLY|
|WA-03||Jaime Herrera Beutler**||Carolyn Long||LONG BEACH, ROSBURG, CENTRALIA|
|WA-05||Cathy McMorris Rodgers**||Lisa Brown||SPOKANE, PULLMAN, WALLA WALLA|
|WA-08||Dino Rossi||Kim Schrier||MAPLE VALLEY, ELLENSBURG, CHELAN|
|WV-03||Carol Miller**||Richard Ojeda||HUNTINGTON, BLUEFIELD, PRINCETON|
|WI-01||Bryan Steil||Randy Bryce||KENOSHA, RACINE|
|WI-06||Glenn Grothman**||Dan Kohl||FOND du LAC, MANITOWOC, OSHKOSH|
The right to vote is at the heart of our democracy. Vote on Nov. 6!
On your way to the polls, don’t let your friends get left behind. Bring a friend, and head to the polls on Nov. 6!