Can I register to vote and
cast my ballot on the same day?

Yes you can. As of June 30, 2019, 21 states and the District of Columbia had enacted same-day registration provisions enabling voters to register and vote on the same day.

The policy, known as both Same-Day Registration (SDR) and Election Day Registration (EDR), is a very convenient way to:

  • Register to vote
  • Update your voter registration record
  • Cast your ballot

Before early voting, SDR/EDR occurred on the day of the election. In many states, voters can register and vote on election day OR during early voting. It is highly recommended that unregistered voters register during the early voting period and vote. Early voting periods vary from state to state, so all voters should familiarize themselves with the exact dates in their state.

Voter turnout in states that allow same-day registration and voting is usually 10% higher than in states where it is not allowed.

In those states that permit same-day registration, voters must generally provide proof of residency (e.g., utility bill, pay stub) and identity (e.g., driver’s license) at the time of registration.

Find out here if your state allows same-day registration and voting. Whether yes or no, voting early and in person is highly recommend. 


USHLI is an award-winning Chicago-based national non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt organization. Since 1982, USHLI has registered 2.3 million new voters; published 425 reports on Latino demographics and the Almanac of Latino Politics; sponsored 38 national conferences, each attended by leaders from 40 states; trained over 1.1 million present and future leaders; and awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and internships.
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