Voting Series Part 1: Can I Vote?

By Samantha Davis, Immigration Lawyer in Richmond, VA

With the upcoming Presidential election, Sumner Immigration has decided to create a series of posts on voting. We hope that this information will allow you to confidently register to vote, know whether you can request a mail-in or absentee ballot and how to ensure an effortless voting process at the polls on Election Day. The first part in our four-part series explains whether you are qualified to vote, the consequences of registering to vote if you are not a U.S. citizen, and if you are not currently qualified, how to be ready for the next election. Voting in federal elections is both a right and a responsibility that comes with U.S. citizenship.

The specific requirements for registering to vote vary by state so it is important to confirm what your state’s minimum requirements are. States differ on residency requirements, felony conviction exceptions and definition of incompetent.

The most important thing to remember is that you must be a U.S. Citizen to register to vote. Lawful permanent residents cannot vote until you are naturalized!

If you register to vote (or vote) and you are not a U.S. Citizen, that can be a false claim to citizenship, and can make you deportable. If you have already registered to vote and you are not a U.S. citizen, consult with us or another qualified immigration attorney immediately.

Are you a lawful permanent resident who qualifies for naturalization, but you have not filed for naturalization yet? Get ready for next time!

Check out Emily’s video on Naturalization here to confirm you qualify. Attend our webinar this month that will discuss voting and naturalization and then set up a consultation to get started!

The naturalization process can take around a year and half and with the likelihood of increased delays at USCIS, it could take longer.

If you meet these requirements and are ready to register to vote for the first time, stay tuned for our next post that will walk you through the registration process.

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We are here to help you navigate the immigration maze with peace of mind and confidence. Contact Sumner Immigration Law to set a consultation to create your strategy today! We are immigration lawyers in Richmond, VA but we serve clients throughout the U.S. and around the world. You can call us at 804-396-3412 or send us an email to We look forward to hearing from you.

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