Voting Address Issues

In our 'Voting Address Issues' category, we take a closer look at the questions raised by voters when traditional definitions of an "address" don't quite apply to them.

The stories in this category illuminate the various circumstances that make it difficult to determine a voting address. While you may not be physically present at your voting address during an election, it is the address which determines your voting jurisdiction, your associated election office, and where your ballot will be counted. Voting address questions come up for individuals who move often, for those who may lack a permanent residence, and for those who relocate internationally. 

Here you can discover the personal narratives of voters who have worked through their address issues. We reflect on the importance of ensuring every citizen's voice is heard, regardless of their transient or unconventional living situations.

If you've recently relocated, or plan on moving soon, take a moment to see how Devon handled residency requirements and new Voter ID rules whether his new place was across town or in a new state.

Devon has become a pro at packing up and moving every couple years and his experiences can help you troubleshoot some voting details you may overlook. Even if you're staying in the same zip code, some voters don't realize:

     - you need to update your registration details

     - your new street address could be in a different voting precinct with a new polling location

     - you may even have different representatives at the local, county and state levels of government

     - you may need to cancel your registration at your previous address to ascertain that you are not registered in more than one location

Devon shares how he has navigated these situations and even enjoyed trying new methods of voting in different states. He has not skipped an election even while deciphering new leases, getting couches up narrow stairwells, and discovering where to get groceries each time he lands in a new state. He'll show you how to get it done. Notably and true to brand, Devon relocated yet again to a different neighborhood in Houston a couple months after he shared his voter story with

If you're interested in moving about and exploring new places as a perpetual traveler while still wanting to participate in elections, Jeremiah's voter story is the one for you. 

Jeremiah has no intention of setting down roots at this time. He could just as easily find himself in Paris, Texas as in Paris, France when Election Day rolls around in November 2024. Regardless, Jeremiah will be able to vote based on his last voting residence. Jeremiah's voter story shares insights he has gained about civic engagement and political participation through his extensive travel.

The gig economy paired with the sharing economy open up new opportunities for Americans to work and live in a more mobile manner. Some enjoy the freedom to roam brought about by remote work as well. In each of these cases, voters don't have to leave behind their right to vote.

Whether it's through choice or by necessity, you don't have to be planted in one spot to be able to cast your ballot. Read on to learn about your rights and how the process works.

If you have a question about voting and address issues that we don't answer here, or want to share your own voter story related to voting address issues, please reach out to the YES Campaign!