How do I register to vote? Make a plan for election day 2022 now with these easy steps.

Rea Egan, of Chesterfield, N.H., exits the voting booth after filling out her ballot at the Chesterfield polling station during the state's primary on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022.

With election day just around the corner, Americans are gearing up to vote in key 2022 midterm contests. Early voting is already underway in some states, and the Nov. 8 general election has candidates making their final pitch to the American people. A broad array of statewide offices are up for grabs, as is control of Congress.

Considered by many the sacred duty of a citizen, making your voice heard at the ballot box requires valid voter registration. Whether you're a first-time voter or a seasoned veteran of the civic process, it's always good to make sure your registration is up to date so you can cast your ballot without any hiccups on election day.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to register to vote, what the deadline is in your state, and who is eligible.

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How do I register to vote?

If you will be 18 years or older by Nov. 8 and meet the other eligibility requirements to vote in the upcoming midterm election, you can use the attached form to register in your state of residence.

Make a voting plan

For many, the best way to ensure that ballot gets cast is to make a voting plan ahead of Election Day.

This can mean voting by mail, requesting an absentee ballot if you are out state, or voting early at the polling site in your district if it is available.

Information on who is on your specific ballot can be found here. If you are already registered, it never hurts to check your status ahead of Election Day to make sure all your information is current.

With redistricting, sometimes your representatives will have changed, even if you haven't moved – all the more reason to look up a sample ballot and research your preferred candidates ahead of time.

Voting Early? Here's a complete schedule: When early and in-person absentee voting starts in each state

When is Election Day?

Nov. 8, 2022.

The general election at the halfway point of a presidential term – the midterm election – includes contests for all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, meaning the entire nation goes to the polls to vote.

Don't wait to register until a few days prior though, as the deadline will likely pass before then.

When is the deadline to register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote varies by state. Dates can also vary if you are requesting an absentee or vote-by-mail ballot, or registering to vote in person or online.

Here is a comprehensive list of the registration deadlines for all 50 states.

Who is eligible to vote in the U.S.?

Nonprofit Democracy Works offers a tool that allows prospective voters to check eligibility in their state of residency.

For example, in New York, to vote you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States

  • be a resident of this state and the county, city or village for at least 30 days before the election

  • be 18 years old (you may pre-register at 16 or 17 but cannot vote until you are 18)

  • not be in prison for a felony conviction

  • not currently be judged mentally incompetent by order of a court of competent judicial authority

  • not claim the right to vote elsewhere

Keep informed on the 2022 midterm elections with USA TODAY's election coverage, including a database of state-by-state voting rights that gives you everything you need to know for Election Day.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How to register to vote: Step-by-step guide ahead of midterm election