Voter Help Desk
 
How do I become eligible to vote in a different state?
 

You can't just choose a state to vote in without establishing residency. As a US citizen living overseas, your last US residence address is your "voting residence address" - that means it is your address for voting purposes. To establish a new voting residence address you must live in the new location with an intent to make the location your home.

Renting or buying property, establishing utilities accounts, registering your car, obtaining a driver's license, registering to vote - these are all actions that indicate an intent to make your home in a given location.

Each state has its own requirements for establishing residency for voting purposes. Below is a list* of residency requirements for each state. 

 

STATE

DURATIONAL RESIDENCY RULES

Alabama

none

Alaska

none

Arizona

29 days of residency prior to an election

Arkansas

none

California

none

Colorado

22 days of residency prior to an election

Connecticut

none

Delaware

none

Florida

none

Georgia

none

Hawaii

none

Idaho

30 days of residency prior to an election

Illinois

30 days of residency prior to an election

Indiana

30 days of residency prior to an election

Iowa

none

Kansas

none

Kentucky

28 days of residency prior to an election

Louisiana

none

Maine

none

Maryland

none

Massachusetts 

none

Michigan

30 days of residency prior to an election

Minnesota

20 days of residency prior to an election

Mississippi

30 days of residency prior to an election

Missouri

none

Montana

30 days of residency prior to an election

Nebraska

none

Nevada

30 days of residency prior to an election

New Hampshire

none

New Jersey

30 days of residency prior to an election

New Mexico

none

New York

30 days of residency prior to an election

North Carolina

30 days of residency prior to an election

North Dakota

30 days of residency prior to an election

Ohio

30 days of residency immediately prior to an election

Oklahoma

none

Oregon

none

Pennsylvania

30 days of residency prior to an election

Rhode Island

30 days of residency prior to an election

South Carolina

none

South Dakota

none

Tennessee

none

Texas

none

Utah

30 days of residency prior to an election

Vermont 

none

Virginia

none

Washington

30 days of residency prior to an election

Washington D.C.

30 days of residency prior to an election

West Virginia

none

Wisconsin 

10 days of residency prior to an election

Wyoming

none

*Please note that this list is subject to change. 

 

 

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