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Change of Address for Voter Registration

By: Nadia IbanezJune 16, 2012

One of the most important parts of moving is changing your address with the state and any other entities that require personal information.

Change Your Address With the DMV

If you are a registered voter, an address change is required to keep your voting status in good standing. The state and county elections office will need to know where to send your voter registration packet regarding information about candidates and where you’ll need to go to vote.

In some states, when you relocate and notify your state’s DMV, the office will automatically forward the new information to the appropriate state division that handles voter information. For instance, if you live in California and move within the same county, no further action is required on your part. However, you will need to re-register your voter information if you change your name, political party, or move to a new county.

At the same time, if you live in Texas and move within the same county, you will have notify the state or go back to your old precinct to vote. If you become a new resident of another county, you will have to submit a new voter application.

Make sure you understand your state’s processes and rules when you move and how it affects your voter information.

Change Your Address With Other State or County Agencies

In addition to updating your voter information at the DMV, some states also offer other methods for changing your address. These include registering online, or by downloading the forms and then either by mailing them in, or dropping off in person at a county Board of Elections or at a state agency office.

It's essential that your state knows your current address and information at all times. This will guarantee that voting registrars and other entities will be able to contact you when needed.

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