Is it Legal to Vote Using an Old Address?

With election season upon us, and early voting starting in states across the nation, many questions have come up regarding procedures. One common question is whether or not it is illegal to vote using an old address. In short, while it is not illegal, having updated voter registration information is essential to the legitimacy of the voting process.

Update Your Information

It is important that you re-register, or update your voting information, every time you move. Keep in mind that you are allowed to register your information at your current address even if your driver’s license does not match. That being said, you could be prohibited from voting if you are unable to bring a document that has your current address on it to the polls. This document must meet the requirements of the law in your state of residence. Most states across the country consider the following documents as valid proof for voting purposes:

  • Government-issued identification;

  • Paycheck stub;

  • Utility bill; or

  • Bank statement.

Some states, however, have more strict requirements. Accordingly, if your current address does not match the one listed on your driver’s license you should either register to vote at your new address and check the identification and proof of residency requirements with your Secretary of State’s office, or register at your own home or your parent’s home address and vote via absentee ballot.

Student Voter Registration

While you must be at least 18 years of age to vote in America, you do not have to be out of school to be able to vote. Indeed, all states allow you to also register to vote at your college or university’s address. If you do, make sure to provide the actual physical address of your residence as well as the official campus mailing address. Providing proof of address and residence and presenting valid and acceptable documents at your polling place is still required in order to be allowed to vote.

Other Things to Know

In order to be eligible to vote in the state of Nevada, an individual must meet certain requirements under state law. Specifically, these include being a:

  • United States Citizen;

  • Resident of the state of Nevada for a minimum of 30 days prior to the date of an election;

  • Resident of the voting precinct for a minimum of 10 days prior to the date of an election;

An individual wanting to vote in Nevada must also be at least 18 years of age on or before the date of the election, not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court of law, and not claim any other place other than Nevada as a legal residence.

Of note, someone who has been convicted of a non-violent felony loses the right to vote. Voting rights are restored after the individual has been discharged from incarceration and/or parole. If an individual has been convicted of a second felony, or a violent felony, the individual will need to petition to have his or her civil rights restored.

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