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  • With the 2018 midterm elections upon us, now is the perfect time to make a plan to vote to make sure your Election Day goes off without a hitch.
  • Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018, but you can vote early or absentee in most states.
  • Here’s everything you need to know about your state’s voter registration deadlines, when your ballot is due if you’ll be voting absentee, whether you can take time off work to vote, whether you can take a ballot selfie, and when the polls open and close in your state.

With the 2018 midterm elections upon us, now is the perfect time to start planning when and how you’ll vote, whether you plan to head to the polls in person on November 6 or send in an absentee ballot before then.

A 2010 experimental study found that voter turnout was up to 9% higher among people who made a plan to vote before Election Day compared to those who did not.

Since every state has different requirements and deadlines, informing yourself about voting in your state to make sure you won’t be blindsided by unexpected poll closing hours or registration deadlines will pay off when Election Day comes around.

Here’s everything you need to know about your state’s voter registration deadlines, when your ballot is due if you’ll be voting absentee, and when the polls open and close in your state, if you plan to vote in person.