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