Frequently Asked Questions Get the details you need to make a difference! 

When is the 2016 general election?
Election Day is November 8, 2016.

When is the primary election in my state?
Visit Election Information to find the primary election date for your state.

Why should I vote?
Voting is a powerful way to make your voice heard. It’s not just our right, but our responsibility as Christians. We encourage you to check out our “Why Vote?” article and read what Christian leaders are saying about this election. You can also learn what our founding fathers thought about voting.

Where can I learn more about the policy issues of today?
Read Indivisible by James Robison to learn about the policy issues facing Christians today, including abortion, stem cell research, education, economics, health care, judicial activism and marriage."

I am not sure if I am registered to vote. What do I do?
Use our “Check Your Status” tool to check your voter registration status.

Do I have to register for every election?
No. The only reason you would need to reregister is if you moved, changed your name or (in some states) if you want to change your party affiliation to vote in a primary election.

Am I eligible to vote?
In most states, you must be a US citizen, at least 18 years old, and not a convicted felon in order to vote. Visit our Elections Information page to contact your state’s elections division for any other requirements.

I have moved. Do I need to re-register?
Yes. Just fill out a new Register to Vote form and leave the “I am registering to vote for the first time” box unchecked. This will let the voter registrar know you just want to update your information, including your address.

I changed my name. Do I need to re-register?
Yes. Just fill out a new Register to Vote form and leave the “I am registering to vote for the first time” box unchecked. This will let the voter registrar know you just want to update your information, including your name.

If I register to vote, will that make me more likely to be picked for jury duty?
Many states now choose candidates for jury duty from the driver’s license records along with voter registration data, so if you have a driver’s license, you are probably already on the list. If you submit the last four digits of your social security number on your voter registration, the state will link your voter registration with your driver’s license and you will still only have one spot in the jury duty pool.

Where do I go to vote?
After you register to vote, you will be sent a voter registration ID card with your precinct number. You can use your precinct number (or often just your address) to look up your voting location through your state’s elections division website, available on our Elections Information page. Your voting location may also be printed in your local paper. (Please note that in some states, polling locations are not released until early voting begins. Also, your early voting location may be different than your Election Day voting location.)

What hours are the polls open on Election Day?
It varies from state to state, but voting is generally open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

I will be out of town on Election Day. What do I do?
You can vote during early voting or request an absentee ballot from your state’s elections division. Visit our Elections Information page to get contact information for your state’s elections division. [Link to Elections Info page]

When is early voting?
Early voting usually starts 10-14 days before the election and ends on the Saturday before the election. Visit our Elections Information page to get information for your state.

Will I need any form of ID to vote?
In some states, you only need your voter registration card. In other states, you may need to show a photo ID. It is always a good idea to have your photo ID when you go to vote. To check the specific requirements for your state, visit our Elections Information page.

What races or issues will be on my ballot?
You can usually find a sample ballot on your state or county’s elections website, available on our Elections Information page. Also, your local newspaper will usually print a sample ballot before Election Day.

How can I encourage my friends to vote?
Use our Spread the Word tools to encourage your friends to vote via Facebook, Twitter and email.

Is it legal for a church to hold a non-partisan voter drive?
Yes. Read Legal Information on what a church or pastor can and cannot do, and check out some Things Your Church Can Do.

How can I get my church to promote voter registration/voting?
Ask your pastor or leader to read our Letter to Pastors. We have all the information you to Hold A Voter Registration Drive, as well as a Media Packet with graphics, videos, text and handouts.

Can I hold my own voter registration drive?
We have all the information you need to Hold an In-Person Voter Drive or an Online Voter Drive.

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