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Registering to Vote

  • You must be a United States citizen and 18 years old on Election Day in order to register to vote.
  • Each state has its own guidelines about who can register, how to register and what information you need to provide. Additionally, each state sets its own registration deadline for voters who wish to participate in the next election.
  • You can register by downloading a copy of the National Mail Voter Registration form from the internet (see link below). You can also visit the office of the local election official in your city or county.
  • According to the US Election Assistance Commission you can also register to vote "when applying for a driver's license or identity card at State DMV or driver's licensing offices, State offices providing public assistance, State offices providing State-funded programs for the disabled, and at armed forces recruitment offices."

Register to vote from the convenience of your home. Go to CAIR's Rock the Vote-sponsored online voter registration tool.

Obtain a copy of the National Mail Voter Registration Form.

Specific information about registering to vote in your state can be found here.

Meet Your Representatives

Best Practices for Arranging to Meet Elected Officials

Put your faith into action, arrange to meet the people who are elected to serve you and share your opinions with them.

  • Research shows that only about 7% of voters contact their elected officials;
  • Congresspersons maintain easy-to-reach in-district offices to serve their constituents;
  • You are not expected to be an expert, just a concerned citizen who has an opinion and maybe a story to go along with it.

Know Who Represents You

To find out who represents you in the U.S. Congress and how to contact them, log in to CAIR's site as a member. You can also find out by calling the Capitol Hill Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 (have your zip code ready) or CAIR at (202) 488-8787.

Get Contact Information for the Member's Scheduler

Call the member's office and ask for the proper spelling of the scheduler's name and their fax number and e-mail address.

Send a Written Request for a Meeting

Include the following information: the topic you wish to discuss at the meeting; names of those who will attend, if possible limit your group to no more than five; when you would like to meet and your contact information. Include your address so they can verify that you are a constituent. Members are generally in the district weekends and during Congressional recess periods. Members are generally in Washington, D.C. on weekdays..

Send Your Request

Send the request to the Congressperson's scheduler by fax and e-mail.

Confirm the Request's Receipt

Wait two business days and then call the scheduler to confirm that your request was received.

Be Politely Persistent

Be patient and flexible, it may take several calls to get a firm meeting time.

Call the Day Before

Call the day before your appointment to reconfirm it.

Want to know more? Need help or advice?

Call CAIR and talk to someone in our government relations department.