The 2018 midterm elections are three weeks away, which means that in many states, voter registration deadlines are fast approaching — or, in some cases, end Tuesday. October 16 is the last day to register vote in six states: Louisiana, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, and West Virginia.
The deadlines have already passed in multiple states, including Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Texas.
Voters on the left and right are energized to go to the polls on November 6.
Among Democrats, there’s been buzz of a blue wave, with polls showing that progressives are excited to go to the ballot box. A historic number of women are on the ballot this year, especially Democrats, and women could lead enthusiasm in the left.
Among Republicans, voter enthusiasm has been more of an open question, but some GOP leaders think the bruising battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court may have lit a fire under their base. Polling evidence suggests the Kavanaugh fight could help Republicans in the Senate, but in the House of Representatives, it could have the opposite effect.
In some states and the District of Columbia, you can register up to and on the day of the election, though you’ll avoid certain levels of bureaucratic hassle if you meet earlier registration deadlines ahead of time.
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this graphic (it’s blue) contained incorrect or outdated information on the voter deadlines for Connecticut, Louisiana, and Utah. Florida and North Carolina have also adjusted their deadlines due to recent weather conditions. It’s been corrected with confirmation from their state election offices. Thanks to our readers for helping point those out — and be sure to check with your local election office if you have questions, as dates are subject to change. • • • • The potentially historic 2018 midterm election is Tuesday, November 6th. But you have one more date to mark on your calendars before then: the deadline to register to vote in it. The cutoff dates and rules vary widely by state. Above is a breakdown of the final day to register, but many states allow registration online, in person, or by mail before that — and some have specific requirements, like showing proof of residence — so be sure to check the website of your local government for that specific information. #Midterms2018
Wonder when the last day is to register to vote in your state? Here’s a list with links to learn more about voting in each state.
Alabama: October 22
Alaska: October 7
Arizona: October 9
Arkansas: October 9
California: October 22. From October 23 to the day of the election, residents can still register at an election office and vote with a provisional ballot.
Colorado: November 6 (Election Day)
Connecticut: November 6 (Election Day)
Delaware: October 13
Washington, DC: November 6 (Election Day)
Florida: October 9
Georgia: October 9
Hawaii: November 6 (Election Day)
Idaho: November 6 (Election Day)
Illinois: November 6 (Election Day)
Indiana: October 9
Iowa: November 6 (Election Day)
Kansas: October 16
Kentucky: October 9
Louisiana: October 9, online October 16
Maine: November 6 (Election Day)
Maryland: October 16
Massachusetts: October 17
Michigan: October 9
Minnesota: November 6 (Election Day)
Mississippi: October 9
Missouri: October 10
Montana: November 6 (Election Day)
Nebraska: October 26
Nevada: October 18
New Hampshire: November 6 (Election Day)
New Jersey: October 16
New Mexico: October 9
New York: October 12
North Dakota: None — just bring ID
Ohio: October 9
Oklahoma: October 12
Oregon: October 16
Pennsylvania: October 9
Rhode Island: October 7
South Carolina: October 17
South Dakota: October 22
Tennessee: October 9
Texas: October 9
Utah: November 6 (Election Day)
Vermont: November 6 (Election Day)
Virginia: October 15
Washington: October 29
West Virginia: October 16
Wisconsin: November 6 (Election Day)
Wyoming: November 6 (Election Day)