How to cast your vote for President on Nov. 8: Here’s what you need to know


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Election Day is rapidly approaching. Are you registered to vote? Do you know where to vote? What time do the polls close?

The 2016 campaign is one of the closest races in modern-day presidential history. How will that affect voter turnout, especially among young voters? Millennials make up about a third of the electorate and have the lowest voter turnout of any age group, according to the Pew Research Center. Less than half of registered voters age 18-35 voted in the last presidential election.

Here's what you need to know to make sure you can cast your ballot on Nov. 8. 

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There's still time to register to vote.

The rules for registering to vote vary among state to state. Some states require you to register at least 15 to 30 days before the election. Others allow in-person registration if you meet certain requirements. North Dakota is the only state that doesn't require you to register to vote but does require identification at the polling site.

Several states allow online registration, including California, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Virginia. And websites like are reaching out to young voters to get them to the polls.

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Key dates leading up to the Nov. 8 election

If your mind is made up in this election, and you live in one of these 34 states or the District of Columbia, you can cast your vote soon.

Early voting starts Sept. 23 in Minnesota and South Dakota. And in two key battleground states, Iowa begins early voting on Sept. 29 and Ohio on Oct. 12. In the 2012 election, 32% of voters cast their ballot early, according to the U.S. Election Project at the University of Florida.

On Sept. 26, the first televised presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take place at 9 p.m. Eastern.

On Oct. 4, the vice presidential candidates, Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine, will square off in Kaine's home state of Virginia. The second match-up between Trump and Clinton is on Oct. 9. The third and final debate is on Oct. 19.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.