4 Ways You Can Register to Vote in Less Than 5 Minutes
Not registered to vote? Time is running out. On Tuesday, November 8, the U.S. will elect a new president—but most states require residents to register well before Election Day. If you’re super busy, rest assured: Getting authorized to cast your ballot doesn’t need to be a tedious or time-consuming process. Once you’ve confirmed your local deadline, consider one of the simple registration tactics below.
1. LOG IN TO SNAPCHAT.
Snapchat has partnered with TurboVote, a voter registration app launched by nonprofit Democracy Works, to check users’ eligibility to vote—and if they’re qualified, to register them. Sign in to the video and picture-sharing app, and you’ll see video ads for the process (starring Jimmy Fallon, The Rock, and other celebrities) between Snapchat's Stories and Discover pages. Swipe up, and you’ll be led to a voter registration mobile webpage within the app.
Snapchat’s partnership with TurboVote runs until October 7.
2. SEND A TEXT OR FACEBOOK MESSAGE.
Thanks to HelloVote—which bills itself as the first text message-based voter-registration tool—you can now register to vote by sending a text or Facebook message. Simply text 384-387 or go to m.me/hellovote in Facebook Messenger. You’ll be provided with a form requesting your name, mailing address, and voter eligibility information (which varies from state to state), and if your state allows instant registration, HelloVote will submit the electronic paperwork for you. If not, don’t sweat it: You’ll be mailed the form, along with a pre-addressed stamped envelope. Sign it, send it to your local Board of Elections, and voila!—you’re all set to vote this November.
3. CLICK ON A GOOGLE DOODLE.
This year, National Voter Registration Day falls on September 27. To celebrate the occasion, Google has rolled out a special new Google Doodle. Click on the Doodle, and you’ll be led to a page with instructions on how to register by mail, in person, or online, depending on each state’s individual guidelines. You’ll also be provided with voting requirements and registration deadlines.
4. SIGN IN TO FACEBOOK.
On Friday, September 23, Facebook introduced a four-day nationwide voting registration drive. If you haven't already taken advantage of it, you can still catch its tail end. Log in to your account, and you’ll see a "Vote Now" button at the top of your Newsfeed. It leads you to USA.gov, which, in turn, directs you to your state's online voter registration page. Once you’re all finished, you can update your status to say you’ve registered.
BONUS: HANG WITH THE CAST OF HAMILTON.
This way will likely take more than five minutes, but it might be the most exciting on this list. On Wednesday, September 28, some of the musical’s cast members will lead a voter registration event outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre in midtown Manhattan. Swing by between 5 and 7 p.m., and the actors—who have been trained by voter registration volunteers from The Hispanic Federation, a Latino nonprofit membership organization—will provide national registration forms and guide you through the process.