Voting Rules in the U.S. Are Different in Every State
Federal and state elections in the United States are run by the states themselves, according to Article I and Article II of the Constitution. No two states run their elections exactly the same, so contacting your state or local election office is the best way to find out about your state’s unique election rules.
The Basic Steps to Vote are the Same in Most States
Despite the differences in how states run elections, the basic steps to vote are the same almost everywhere.
- Every state except North Dakota requires you to register to vote.
- Every state has absentee voting.
- Most states assign you a specific polling place, or voting location. A few states have ballot drop sites instead.