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Voting in the 2012 general elections

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This page will contain voter registration information pertaining to the 2012 general elections.

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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.

See also

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