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Get Ready to Vote 2020: Voting by State

A step-by-step guide for SMU students

Voting by State

Every state creates their own election guidelines. It is important to know the requirements of the your state for registration and voting. 

Find more detailed voting information on Texas, California, and Florida.

If you plan to vote in a state not listed, visit Vote411 or your state's voting website for information on their voting guidelines.

Student Voting Resources

Voting as a Student

Voting as a student can be challenging. If your college or university, where you reside, is in a different county or state than your permanent residence, a decision must be made where you will register and vote in elections during your time in school

How are students going to vote?

  • A college or university student located in a different state or county from their permanent address has the choice on where to cast their vote for elections.
  • Registering at your temporary residence (college or university) allows you to vote in person
  • Registering at your permanent residence (home address) allows you to vote by mail (absentee)
  • Check each state's requirements on registering as a resident and the absentee ballot application and voting process
  • You cannot be registered  in two places at once