How to Check My Voter Registration and Other Important Things to Know on National Voter Registration Day

September 22 marks National Voter Registration Day, which was created in 2012 to promote "broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise," according to the civic holiday's website.

To easily check your voter registration, the website provides a number of steps. After logging on to the site, there is an option at the top that says, "Check your registration status here!" After you click on that link, the website will take you to another page, where users are prompted to enter their first and last names. This page also offers an option for users to indicate if their name has changed.

After entering a name, users are taken to a second page, where they are told to fill out their street address, ZIP code and date of birth. Users must then enter their contact information, such as a valid email address and phone number. There also is an option to sign up for voting reminders.

After submitting all of this information, users will be told if they are registered to vote.

If users are not registered, they will then have the option to register right on the website, first by providing their state and county of residence. Next, users are given the option to register online or by mail.

If they choose to register by mail, users must input their residential address or another address where they receive mail.

If they choose to register online, users will be taken to another site, where they are prompted to enter their state-issued driver's license, the ZIP code on record with the state's motor vehicles department and the last four digits of their Social Security number.

The site also provides a link to NonprofitVote.org, which outlines official voting information for each state, directly from the state's election site.

A recent National Voter Registration Day press release notes that voter registration is more important than ever during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Women behind a voter registration table in New York City's Union Square on August 9. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty

"Because of the closure of DMVs and halting of voter registration field programs amid the pandemic, the number of new and updated voter registrations collected across the country has fallen dramatically since March," the press release said. "In order to combat this, National Voter Registration Day is bringing together partners and community groups to host both digital voter registration drives and safe, in-person registration events."

In addition to the National Voter Registration Day website, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have recently been encouraging users to go out and vote in the November 3 election.

In June, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg published an op-ed in USA Today that said the social media company's goal is to help "4 million people register to vote."

"To achieve this, we're creating a new Voting Information Center with authoritative information, including how and when to vote, as well as details about voter registration, voting by mail and information about early voting," Zuckerberg wrote.

Twitter will also be encouraging users to vote on September 22. Those using the app will see a post in their timeline about registering to vote or checking their registration via TurboVote. Twitter will also use the hashtags #NationalVoterRegistrationDay and #VoteReady to increase discussion about voting.

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