How to register to vote in every US state and territory

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(CNN)Voting: Some call it a civic duty, others a waste of time, but if you want to have your say at the ballot box there are a few things you need to know.

Rules vary widely from state-to-state, and some requirements, like voter ID laws, are still being hashed out in the courts.
If you are interested in voting, scroll down to your state or territory and find out how to register:

    Alabama

    • How to register: You can register online, or you can show up to your local board of registrars or any offices providing public assistance.
    • When you have to register by: October 24
    • Qualifications for registration: US citizens who live in Alabama and are 18 years old by Election Day. Cannot be a felon or declared "mentally incompetent."
    • Also: Alabama is a voter ID state, which means you need a valid photo ID or you have to use a "provisional ballot." The only way around this requirement is if two election officials can positively identify you.

    Alaska

    • How to register: Alaska is a "motor voter" state, so chances are you registered whenever you got your driver's license. But if not, you can apply online or at many government buildings including the regional elections offices.
    • When you have to register by: October 9
    • Qualifications for registration: You must be a citizen living in Alaska who is 18 years old, or within 90 days of turning 18. Felons get their voting rights restored after full completion of their sentence.
    • Also: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, an ID is requested, but an election official can waive the requirement if he or she knows you.

    American Samoa

    • How to register: Must fill out a form or register with an election officer. More information is available here.
    • When you have to register by: October 11 by 4:30 p.m.
    • Qualifications for registration: Must be a resident of American Samoa and 18 by the time of the election.
    • Also: American Samoa is a territory, and is not allowed to participate in federal elections. It gets one nonvoting delegate to the US House of Representatives. It does send delegates to the party primaries however.

    Arizona

    • How to register: Online, by mail or at a county recorder's office.
    • When you have to register by: October 10
    • Qualifications for registration: US citizen, resident of Arizona. 18 years or older before Election Day. Felons can't register to vote.
    • Also: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, this state has a non-photo ID law.

    Arkansas

    • How to register: Apply by mail, a county clerk's office, state revenue office, driver's services, public library, a public assistance or disability agency, military recruitment or Arkansas National Guard office or from a voter registration guide.
    • When you have to register by: October 10
    • Qualifications for registration: US citizen, resident of Arkansas, 18 years old on Election Day, cannot vote as a felon until the sentence has been discharged.
    • Also: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, an ID is requested, but it does not have to have a photo.

    California

    • How to register: Apply online. If that doesn't work, you send a different form to your county elections official.
    • When you have to register by: October 24
    • Qualifications for registration: US citizen, resident of California, 18 years or older on Election Day, not currently imprisoned or paroled for a felony or found mentally incompetent.

    Colorado

    • How to register: Register online or with your county clerk and recorder.
    • When you have to register by: October 31
    • Qualifications for registration: US citizen, Colorado resident, 18 years by Election Day, not serving time or parole for a felony.
    • Also: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, an ID is requested, but Colorado holds its elections by mail.

    Connecticut

    • How to register: Register online or by mail or in person with your local registrar's office
    • When you have to register by: November 1
    • Qualifications for registration: US citizen, resident of a Connecticut town, 18 years old by Election Day and not convicted of a felony unless you have completed sentence and paid all fines, also not ruled mentally incompetent.
    • Also: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, if you do not have an ID you must sign a statement with your name, birth date and address.

    Delaware

    • How to register: Register online or with Department of Election, or you can register at the DMV when you apply for a license or state ID.
    • When you have to register by: October 15
    • Qualifications for registration: US citizen, permanent resident of Delaware (although you can register without a fixed address), 18 years by Election Day, convicted felons can vote after completing their sentence except for those convicted of murder or manslaughter, felony against public administration (e.g. bribery, abuse of office), or a felony sexual offense, can't if judged mentally incompetent.
    • Also: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, if you do not have an ID, you must sign an affidavit.

    District of Columbia

    • How to register: Register online, by mail to the District Board of Elections or in person at the DC Board of Elections and other city agencies. DC does have "motor voter" rules and one can register to vote if they are also getting a license or id at the DMV.
    • When you have to register by: Online or mail postmarked by October 11, in person by October 8.
    • Qualifications for registration: US citizen, who is 18 years old by Election Day and a resident of DC (cannot vote in another state or territory), not currently in jail for a felony or judged incompetent.
    • Also: DC is not a state, and its rights in the national system are unique. It has one non-voting representative, and three Electoral College votes for the presidential election and participates in the party primaries.

    Florida

    • How to register: You register by mail or in person with your county supervisor of elections, a driver's license office, a tax collector or disability agency, a military recruitment office or a public library.
    • When you have to register by: October 18 (delayed from October 11 following Hurricane Matthew)
    • Qualifications for registration: US citizen, resident of Florida, able to provide a Florida ID or last four digits of your Social Security number, not judged mentally incapacitated, convicted felons must apply for having their rights restored after a five-to-seven-year waiting period depending on their offense.
    • Also: You can pre-register to vote by age 16, but not able to vote until 18
    • And: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, if you do not present a valid ID, you must use a provisional ballot and election officials will compare your signature to a signature on record.

    Georgia

    • How to register: You can register online, mail a form to the secretary of state's office or take one to a county registrar's office or many government offices.
    • When you have to register by: October 11
    • Qualifications for registration: US citizen, resident of Georgia, not still serving a felony sentence or found mentally incompetent. You can register at 17-and-a-half, but not vote until 18.
    • Also: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, this state has a strict photo ID law.

    Guam

    • How to register: You can register at the Guam Election Commission, with a deputized registration clerk at your village mayor's office or at a public high school or college.
    • When you have to register by: October 28
    • Qualifications for registration: You cannot be confined to a mental institution, judicially declared insane, under imprisonment, and you must be a US citizen resident of Guam at least 18 years old by Election Day.
    • Guam is a territory and is not allowed to participate in federal elections. It gets one nonvoting delegate to the US House of Representatives. It does send delegates to the party primaries however.

    Hawaii

    • How to register: You can apply online or send a voter registration form to your county clerk's office.
    • When you have to register by: October 10
    • Qualifications for registration: You must be a US citizen, resident of Hawaii aged 18 years old by Election Day, and not in prison or jail for a felony.
    • Also: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, if you do not present a valid ID, you must recite your address and date of birth for verification.

    Idaho

    • How to register: You must send or drop off a form at your county clerk's office. More information is available here.
    • When you have to register by: October 14
    • Qualifications for registration: You must be a US citizen and a resident of Idaho of at least 18 years old, and you cannot register as a felon until you have completed sentencing including probation or parole.
    • Also: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, if you do not present a valid ID, you must sign an affidavit with your name and address.

    Illinois

    • How to register: You can register online, mail the form to the Illinois Board of Elections or go to an election authority, a driver's license.
    • When you have to register by: Register by October 11, although there is "grace period registration" between October 12 and