Step-by-Step Voting Guide for People Experiencing Homelessness
Step 1: CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ELECTION OFFICE ☐
- Ask them what address you can use to register or update your registration. Most places let voters list a shelter, a street corner, or a park as their address. Find your local election office here.
Step 2: KNOW THE RULES AND DEADLINES ☐
- Some states require ID to register or vote. Some vote exclusively by mail. All have deadlines. Check your state’s rules here.
Step 3: ASK FOR HELP, IF YOU NEED IT ☐
- Your local shelter or Continuum of Care can help you navigate the voting process.
Step 4: REGISTER ☐
- Then, confirm your registration on your state’s election website.
Step 5: PICK A VOTING OPTION ☐
- Election Day isn’t the only option. Find out if and how you can vote by mail or early at the polls.
Step 6: CHECK WHAT’S ON YOUR BALLOT ☐
- Learn about the candidates and issues you’ll vote on.
Step 7: VOTE! ☐
- Many local groups offer free transportation to the polls. If you have any problems at the polls, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (687-8683).
Sources: Federal Voting Assistance Program, Vote411, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Election Protection