Register in person at your local DMV, state offices providing public assistance or programs for the disabled, official campaign headquarters, armed forces recruitment offices, public libraries, post offices, public high schools, and universities.
Find out if you're eligible to vote.
Pay attention to the registration deadlines in your state.
Make sure your friends, family, co-workers, or fellow students are registered.
Get informed on the issues and candidates.
Voter registration has a dramatic impact on voter turnout.
In the 2004 presidential election:
88.5% of registered voters voted—only 63.8% of total voting-eligible population.
88% of registered men voted—only 62.1% of all men.
89% of registered women voted—only 65.4% of all women.
81.2% of registered 18- to 24-year-olds voted—only 46.7% of all 18- to 24-year-olds.
92.1% of registered 65- to 74-year-olds voted—only 73.3% of all 65- to 74-year-olds.
71 million voters didn't vote in the 2004 presidential election.
The number one reason people don't vote is because they feel their vote won't matter. Other reasons include too much negative campaigning, the sense that the political parties are too similar, an overall disgust with politics, and a lack of good candidates.