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EAC Chair Calls on Voters to Prepare and Confirm Before November Election PDF  | Print |  Email
By EAC Chair Rosemary Rodriguez   
September 08, 2008
Register Early and Verify Registration Status

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chair Rosemary Rodriguez today reminded voters to make sure they are registered to vote for the 2008 presidential election. Joining with the National Association of Secretaries of State, which has declared September 2008 National Voter Registration Month, Chair Rodriguez offered several steps citizens can take to ensure they are registered.

"New and returning voters should take steps now to make sure they are ready to participate in the November election," said Chair Rodriguez.  "People who have registered for the first time should confirm that they provided all of the necessary information and are indeed registered. For returning voters, verify that the registration is current and valid."

Chair Rodriguez recommends taking the following steps:

Know the registration deadline
Most states require citizens to register 15 to 30 days before the federal election. Deadlines for each state are available at Citizens can register by filling out their state's registration form or the National Mail Voter Registration Form, which can be downloaded at Military and overseas voters should register by filling out the Federal Post Card Application, which is available at This form should be submitted at least 45 days before the election.

Follow registration instructions carefully
It's important that registration forms are filled in completely and legibly. If critical information is missing, such as a signature or address, a form could be rejected.

Those who've moved should update their registration

Any time a voter moves they must re-register with their new elections board. This is especially important for military and overseas voters, who risk not receiving their absentee ballot if they fail to update their registration after a move. Voters should also contact their former elections office and ask them to remove their name from their registration list.

Confirm registration with elections office
Citizens who have registered to vote this election cycle, and did not receive an official registration confirmation from their elections office, should call their local office to confirm they are in fact registered. It's important to do this before the state's registration deadline to ensure there's time to re-register, if necessary. Contact information, including phone numbers and Web site addresses, for state election offices is available at
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