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COVID-19 Voting Update: Coronavirus is only considered an accepted reason to vote absentee in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Residents of American Samoa who are stranded off-island due to travel restrictions are eligible to vote absentee.

[updated September 4, 2020]


American Samoa links:
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Request absentee ballot:
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Guam links:
Contact election comission:
Find election commission office:
Register online:
Request absentee ballot:
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Northern Mariana Islands links:
Check registration status:
Register to vote:
Request absentee ballot:
Track your ballot:
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US Virgin Islands links:
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Find/contact election system district office:
Request absentee ballot:
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Puerto Rico links:
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Find junta de inscripcion permanente:
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Do you live in Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands or the Northern Mariana Islands? Do you want to vote? Then you’re in the right place.

Voting in U.S. Territories is tricky, because while you don’t get to elect voting members of Congress, or have electoral votes for President, it doesn’t mean this election isn’t important for you. Each territory will elect a delegate to the House of Representatives who, for right now, is your only voice in the US federal government.

But before you vote, you have to register. In all territories, you can go in person to your local elections office during their normal business hours and fill out a registration form. There’s links to all of their locations below.

In American Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands, you can also register by mail, and In Guam you can register online if you have a driver’s license. All those application forms are also in the description. Bring a copy of your passport, birth certificate, or naturalization certificate when you register American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands.

Any government-issued photo ID will work to register in Puerto Rico or Guam. The deadline to register is October 6th in American Samoa, October 24th in Guam, September 4th in the Northern Mariana Islands,. October 3rd in the US Virgin Islands, and September 14th in Puerto Rico.

Once you’re registered, you get to vote. For most of you, that means going to vote in person. But, if you won’t be in your home territory on election day because of work, school, or travel, or if you have an illness or disability that prevents you from going to the polls on election day, you can apply to vote absentee by mail.

All you have to do is find your form in the links below, fill it out, and mail it in. You need to request your absentee ballot by October 19th in American Samoa, October 25th in Guam,. October 9th in the Northern Mariana Islands, October 13th in the US Virgin Islands, and September 14th in Puerto Rico.

Then, your ballot will show up in the mail, and all you have to do is fill it out at your own pace and mail it back before November 3rd. In the US Virgin Islands, you can also vote early in person from October 12th through the 15th. For the rest of you, you’ll head to the polls on November 3rd.

Closer to election day, you can check your elections website to find out where you can go to vote and what hours your polls are open. There’s a link for each territory in the description. Bring your voter registration card or the same ID you used to register with you.

You can also contact your local election officials to request a sample ballot. It'll tell you everything you’ll be able to vote for, so you can research your candidates and ballot measures ahead of time if you want. You can even fill it out and bring it to the polls with you so you remember exactly how you want to vote.

One last thing: if you’re going to vote—open up your notes app or grab a piece of paper and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re going to register, what time you’re going to vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re going to use if you need one, even who you’re going to bring to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd.

All the links you need to get registered and find your local election officials are in the description. Thanks for voting. How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.