This story is part of , CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.
Voting isn’t as simple as driving to a polling place or requesting a required to bring a specific form of identification with you to the polls.— there are steps you need to take to ensure you’re prepared to vote on this year. For example, you and you may be
In response to the, many states are now opening to all citizens. You can also choose to at your polling location if it’s offered in your state. Here’s everything you need to vote on Election Day.
You must be registered to vote
The first step to voting in the presidential election is registering to vote. If you’ve registered to vote in the past but have since changed your name, moved to a different location, haven’t voted in the past four years or want to change political parties (or switch to or from independent voter status), you’ll need to reregister.
What to bring if you’re voting in person
Here are some items that you may be required to bring with you ifon Election Day. Note that all states have different regulations, so it’s best to call ahead of time to make sure you’ve got everything you need.
Photo ID: This can include a driver’s license, military ID, college ID and state-issued government ID. Call your polling place or visit your country voter site online to see which forms of ID are accepted.
Proof of residence: Some states may require you to bring proof that you live at your address. This can include a bank statement, utility bill or your driver’s license, and may also be acceptable in digital form.
Social security number: If you don’t have a photo ID with you, some states, like Washington, will allow you to vote if you provide the last four digits of your social security number.
What you need to have if voting by mail
In order to, you’ll need to request an absentee ballot if your state doesn’t automatically send the forms out. Many states don’t require a reason for you to vote by mail this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but some still do.
On the mail-in ballot, you’ll need to provide personal identifying information, such as your social security number or driver’s license number.
Need more information about voting? Here’s, and . And if you’re not sure if you’re registered to vote, .