The 2020 presidential election is November 3, meaning voters have less than seven weeks to complete or update their registration. The good news is that there are way, way too many services you can use to register to vote online. You really have no excuse.
That said, there’s a lot of misinformation out there, including outright fake websites that pretend to be voter registration pages. These are intentionally misleading at best; others are phishing and malware traps.
But don’t let the falsehoods and fakery dissuade you from registering if you need to. Stick to the apps and websites we provide in this post, and you’ll be safe.
Register to vote on social media
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Pretty much every social media platform prominently display links to helpful—and real—voter registration websites that will take you less than a minute or two to fill out.
- Snapchat: Of these apps, Snapchat is by far the best. You register directly in the app’s “Register to Vote” portal, and there are tons of built-in voting guides and resources. This year, over 400,000 people have registered to vote through Snap chat alone, which speaks to how easy the process is.
- Facebook: Facebook makes it pretty easy to register as well, with pinned links to online registration, mail-in forms, and other voting information prominently displayed at the top of your feed. The platform also flags (or even removes) posts with misleading or outright false voting information (though you still shouldn’t trust most of what you see on there).
- Instagram: Instagram will push official Story posts with registration links, and sponsored ads from official voter registration pages will likely show up in your timeline.
- Twitter: Twitter also uses official sponsored ads and banner notifications to help users register. You can also follow @TwitterGov for periodic voting reminders, and you can get state-specific information by DMing the account.
On top of these features, each platform lets you post when you’ve registered or voted, which could help encourage others to follow your lead.
Other apps and helpful registration information
Social media isn’t the only shortcut, however. Other apps and websites like YouTube, Discord, Uber, Google Search, and more also include links for completing your voter registration online, and other will surely follow in the coming weeks.
Most of these will take you to an online registration portal like TurboVote, Vote.gov, NCSL.gov, or the US Election Assistance Commission’s mail-in registration forms if you live in one of the few states that do not do online voter registration. All of these are legitimate ways to register to vote.
And hey, since we just dropped pretty much every link you’d need in order to fill out your voter registration online or by mail, I guess that means this post is yet another way to register online. If you’ve read this far, take a minute or two to fill out your registration. And, please, remember to vote on November 3.