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This page will contain '''voter registration information pertaining to the 2012 general elections'''.  
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{{2012PresNote}}{{Voting VNT}}This page contains '''voter registration information that was relevant to the 2012 general elections'''.  
  
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The information was specific to voting at the state-level for [[United States Congress elections, 2012|Congressional]], [[State executive official elections, 2012|State Executive]], [[State legislative elections, 2012|State Legislative]] and other down-ballot offices. Requirements for voting in the presidential election may have varied slightly.
  
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The table below contains the following information:
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* Registration Deadline
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* Residency Requirements
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* Voter ID  Requirements
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==State-by-state breakdown==
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* The voter registration deadline for all but one state occurred in October.
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** [[North Dakota elections, 2012|North Dakota]] had no voter registration.
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* All states had sort of residency requirement in order to vote in the state.
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** 32 states simply stated "residency" in one form or another.
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** 14 states had a 30-day residency requirement.
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** [[Kentucky elections, 2012|Kentucky]] and [[Wisconsin elections, 2012|Wisconsin]] had a 28-day residency requirement.
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** [[Kansas elections, 2012|Kansas]] had a 21-day residency requirement.
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** [[Minnesota elections, 2012|Minnesota]] had a 20-day residency requirement.
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* 32 states required some form of identification when voting.
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** 7 states did not require ID: [[California elections, 2012|California]], [[Illinois elections, 2012|Illinois]], [[Maine elections, 2012|Maine]], [[Massachusetts elections, 2012|Massachusetts]], [[Nevada elections, 2012|Nevada]], [[New Hampshire elections, 2012|New Hampshire]], and [[North Carolina elections, 2012|North Carolina]]
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**7 states sometimes required voter IDs: [[Maryland elections, 2012|Maryland]], [[Nebraska elections, 2012|Nebraska]], [[Pennsylvania elections, 2012|Pennsylvania]], [[Connecticut elections, 2012|Connecticut]], [[New Jersey elections, 2012|New Jersey]], [[Iowa elections, 2012|Iowa]], and [[Minnesota elections, 2012|Minnesota]].
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**[[Texas elections, 2012|Texas]] and [[Wisconsin elections, 2012|Wisconsin]] had new photo ID laws that were temporarily blocked due to court action.
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** [[Oregon elections, 2012|Oregon]] and [[Washington elections, 2012|Washington]] used mail-in voting systems.
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==Voting requirements==
 
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==Issues==
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[[File:Registration-form-001.jpg|thumb|right|Washington State voter registration form.<br>Source:[[Washington Secretary of State]]'s blog "From our corner"]]
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===2012===
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====Department of Justice sues Georgia over voting deadlines====
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On June 29, 2012, the [http://www.justice.gov/ Department of Justice] filed a suit in federal court against the state of [[Georgia]], alleging that service members, their family members and overseas civilian voters won’t have time to vote by absentee ballot in runoff elections, if they are required.<ref name="lawsuit">[http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/06/military-justice-sues-georgia-over-voting-delays-062912w/ ''Marine Corps Times'', "Justice sues Georgia over voting deadlines" accessed July 24, 2012]</ref> According to the [http://www.fvap.gov/reference/laws/uocava.html Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act] (UOCAVA), states were required to transmit all validly requested ballots to UOCAVA voters at least 45 days before an election, unless a hardship exemption was obtained, for which [[Georgia]] failed to file.<ref name="lawsuit"/> However, this conflicted with the timeline for runoff elections, in which the primary runoff, by law, was required to be held 21 days after the regular or special primary election, and if a runoff was required after the Nov. 6 general election, it was to be held 28 days later, on Dec. 4, which also wouldn’t provide the required 45 days.<ref name="lawsuit"/>
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As part of the lawsuit, the [http://www.justice.gov/ Department of Justice] asked [[Georgia]] to "extend the ballot receipt deadline to Aug. 31 for these voters, to send ballots by express delivery as soon as possible before the Aug. 21 runoff election, and inform UOCAVA voters no later than July 7 of their right to request a state write-in absentee ballot or their official absentee ballot for any runoff election by downloading it from the Internet, by email, or by fax."<ref name="lawsuit"/>
  
 
==See also==
 
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* [[Voting in the 2012 primary elections]]
 
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==References==
 
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This page contains voter registration information that was relevant to the 2012 general elections.

The information was specific to voting at the state-level for Congressional, State Executive, State Legislative and other down-ballot offices. Requirements for voting in the presidential election may have varied slightly.

The table below contains the following information:

  • Registration Deadline
  • Residency Requirements
  • Voter ID Requirements

State-by-state breakdown

Voting requirements

Voting in Primary Elections 2012 Information
State Registration Deadline Days before the General Election Residency Requirements Voter ID Required Same day registration
Alabama 10/26/2012[1] 11 Resident[1] Yes[2] No
Alaska 10/7/2012[3] 30 Resident[4] Yes[4] No
Arizona 10/8/2012 (October 9th at midnight)[5] 29 Resident[6] Yes[7] No
Arkansas 10/8/2012[8] 30 Resided in Arkansas at least 30 days prior to the election[9] Yes[10] No
California 10/22/2012[11] 15 Resident[11] No[12] No
Colorado 10/8/2012[13] 29 Colorado resident and had lived in current precinct for at least 30 days before the election[14] Yes[15] No
Connecticut 10/23/2012[16] 14 Resident of a Connecticut town[17] Maybe (First time voters only)[18] No
Delaware 10/13/2012[19] 24 Resident (proof required)[20] Yes[21] No
Florida 10/9/2012**[22] 28 Legal resident of Florida[22] Yes (photo and signature)[22] No
Georgia 10/9/2012**[23] 28 A legal resident of Georgia and of the county[24] Yes[25] No
Hawaii 10/8/2012[26] 29 Resident[27] Yes[28][29] No
Idaho 10/12/2012[30] 25 Resided in Idaho and in the county for 30 days[31] Yes[32] Yes[33]
Illinois 10/9/2012**[34] 28 Resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to election[35] No[36] No
Indiana 10/9/2012**[37] 28 Resident[37] Yes[38] No
Iowa 10/27/2012[39] 10 Resident[40] Maybe (Showing ID is sometimes necessary)[41] Yes[42]
Kansas 10/16/2012[43] 21 Resident for at least 21 days prior to election[44] Yes[45] No
Kentucky 10/9/2012**[46] 28 Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before election day[46] Yes[46] No
Louisiana 10/31/2012[47] 30 Resided in Louisiana and in parish[48] Yes[49] No
Maine 10/16/2012[50] 21 Established and maintained a residence in the municipality[51] No[52] Yes[53]
Maryland 10/16/2012[54] 21 Resident[55] Maybe (First time voters may be required to show ID at the polls)[56] No
Massachusetts 10/17/2012[57] 20 Resident[57] No[57] No
Michigan 10/9/2012**[58] 28 Resident of Michigan and the city or township[59] Yes[60] No
Minnesota 10/16/2012 (Voters may register at the polls on Election Day)[61][62] 21 Resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day[63] Maybe (Voters registering on Election Day will need to bring and present ID)[63] Yes[64]
Mississippi 10/6/2012[65] 31 Resident of Mississippi and had lived in city or town for at least 30 days prior to election[66] Yes[67] No
Missouri 10/10/2012[68] 27 Resident[69] Yes[70] No
Montana 10/9/2012**[71] 28 Resided in Montana for at least 30 days[72] Yes[73] Yes[74]
Nebraska 10/19/2012[75] 18 Resided in Nebraska[76] Maybe (First time voters may need to present ID)[76] No
Nevada 10/16/2012[77] 21 Resident of Nevada for 30 days before the election[78] No[77] No
New Hampshire 10/27/2012[79] 10 There was no minimum period of time required to have lived in New Hampshire before being allowed to register[80] No[81] Yes[82]
New Jersey 10/16/2012[83] 21 Resident of New Jersey and county at least 30 days prior to the election[83] Maybe (If voters do not presented ID when registering, ID is required to vote)[84][85] No
New Mexico 10/9/2012**[86] 28 Resident[87] Yes[86][87] No
New York 10/17/2012 (Deadline by mail--postmarked 10/12/2012, received by 10/17/2012. In person registration available until 10/26/2012)[88][89] 20 Lived at address at least 30 days before an election[90] Yes[91] No
North Carolina 10/12/2012[92] 25 Prior to voting, must have been a resident of the county for at least 30 days prior to election day.[92] No[93][94] Yes (during Early/Absentee voting)[95]
North Dakota No voter registration***[96] N/A Resident of North Dakota for 30 days prior to the election[97] Yes[98] N/A
Ohio 10/9/2012**[99] 28 Resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election[100] Yes[101] No
Oklahoma 10/12/2012[102] 25 Resident[103] Yes[104] No
Oregon 10/16/2012[105] 21 Resident[106] Oregon used vote by mail system --they compared signatures to the registration signatures[107][108] No
Pennsylvania 10/9/2012**[109] 28 Resident of Pennsylvania and the election district at least 30 days before the election[110] Maybe (First time voters may need to present ID)[111] No
Rhode Island 10/7/2012[112] 30 A legal resident of Rhode Island[113] Yes[114] No
South Carolina 10/6/2012[115][116][117] 31 Resident of South Carolina, county and precinct[118] Yes[119] No
South Dakota 10/22/2012[120] 15 Resident[121] Yes[122] No
Tennessee 10/8/2012 (Monday after the weekend in which 30 days prior to the election falls)[123] 29 Resident[124] Yes[125] No
Texas 10/9/2012**[126] 28 Resident of Texas and county in which registered[127] No (Photo ID law is currently under federal lawsuit)[128][129][130][131] No
Utah 10/9/2012(10/22/2012 or 15 days prior to election if registering in person)**[132] 28 Resident of Utah for at least 30 days[133] Yes[134] No
Vermont 10/31/2012[135] 6 Resident of Vermont and town[136][137] Yes[138] No
Virginia 10/15/2012[139] 22 Resident[139] Yes[140] No
Washington 10/8/2012 (In person first time voting registration deadline is 10/29/2012)[141] 29 Resident[142] Washington has a vote by mail system[143] No
West Virginia 10/16/2012[144] 21 Resident of West Virginia and the county in which registering[144] Yes[144] No
Wisconsin 10/17/2012 (Pre registration date. Voters may register at the polls the day of the election.)[145] 20+++ Must have lived in Wisconsin for at least 28 days, and had no current intention of moving.[146] Yes (Photo ID law currently under temporary court injunction)[147][148] Yes[149]
Wyoming 10/22/2012[150] 15 Resident of Wyoming and the precinct[151] Yes[151] Yes[152]
***North Dakota was the only state in the United States which did not require some form of voter registration

+++Wisconsin allowed same-day voter registration

    • Note: Some states had a voter registration deadline 30 days prior to the election, but because this may have fallen on a weekend and Columbus Day was on Monday, October 8th, extended the deadline to October 9, 2012.

Issues

Washington State voter registration form.
Source:Washington Secretary of State's blog "From our corner"

2012

Department of Justice sues Georgia over voting deadlines

On June 29, 2012, the Department of Justice filed a suit in federal court against the state of Georgia, alleging that service members, their family members and overseas civilian voters won’t have time to vote by absentee ballot in runoff elections, if they are required.[153] According to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), states were required to transmit all validly requested ballots to UOCAVA voters at least 45 days before an election, unless a hardship exemption was obtained, for which Georgia failed to file.[153] However, this conflicted with the timeline for runoff elections, in which the primary runoff, by law, was required to be held 21 days after the regular or special primary election, and if a runoff was required after the Nov. 6 general election, it was to be held 28 days later, on Dec. 4, which also wouldn’t provide the required 45 days.[153]

As part of the lawsuit, the Department of Justice asked Georgia to "extend the ballot receipt deadline to Aug. 31 for these voters, to send ballots by express delivery as soon as possible before the Aug. 21 runoff election, and inform UOCAVA voters no later than July 7 of their right to request a state write-in absentee ballot or their official absentee ballot for any runoff election by downloading it from the Internet, by email, or by fax."[153]

See also

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