Voter Help Desk
What if I'm homeless?
 

If you are homeless, meaning you do not have a permanent address, you can still register and vote in all 50 states.

It is recommended that when registering to vote, persons experiencing homelessness list a shelter address as their “voting residence address” so that they can receive mail. Homeless registrants may also designate a specific street corner, park, or other public place as their residence if they would like to do so.

Note that some states require registrants to have been a resident of that state or county for some duration of time in order to register to vote.

For more information on your state, see the table below. (Note that regardless of your state's individual residency rules, you must be a resident as defined above to register and vote in any state)

For more in depth information regarding voting and homelessness, you can visit The National Coalition for the Homeless.

 

STATE

DURATIONAL RESIDENCY RULES

Alabama

none

Alaska

none

Arizona

29 days of residency prior to an election

Arkansas

none

California

none

Colorado

22 days of residency prior to an election

Connecticut

none

Delaware

none

Florida

none

Georgia

none

Hawaii

none

Idaho

30 days of residency prior to an election

Illinois

30 days of residency prior to an election

Indiana

30 days of residency prior to an election

Iowa

none

Kansas

none

Kentucky

28 days of residency prior to an election

Louisiana

none

Maine

none

Maryland

none

Massachusetts 

none

Michigan

30 days of residency prior to an election

Minnesota

20 days of residency prior to an election

Mississippi

30 days of residency prior to an election

Missouri

none

Montana

30 days of residency prior to an election

Nebraska

none

Nevada

30 days of residency prior to an election

New Hampshire

none

New Jersey

30 days of residency prior to an election

New Mexico

none

New York

30 days of residency prior to an election

North Carolina

30 days of residency prior to an election

North Dakota

30 days of residency prior to an election

Ohio

30 days of residency immediately prior to an election

Oklahoma

none

Oregon

none

Pennsylvania

30 days of residency prior to an election

Rhode Island

30 days of residency prior to an election

South Carolina

none

South Dakota

none

Tennessee

none

Texas

none

Utah

30 days of residency prior to an election

Vermont 

none

Virginia

none

Washington

30 days of residency prior to an election

Washington D.C.

30 days of residency prior to an election

West Virginia

none

Wisconsin 

10 days of residency prior to an election

Wyoming

none

 

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