Early & Absentee Voting in
California

Note: As election rules change daily due to COVID-19, make sure to check back here and with your state frequently.

You can vote by mail in California


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COVID-19 & Voting-By-Mail in California

Your voter registration application must be postmarked, hand delivered, or submitted online by Oct. 19th.

California automatically registers all eligible residents to vote based on their DMV records. If your DMV record has an old address, or you do not have an in-state ID, you must register to vote.If you missed the voter registration deadline, don't worry! You may “conditionally” register at your county elections office through Election Day.

Due to COVID-19, all registered voters will recieve a ballot to vote by mail for the Nov. 3rd election. There are also options to vote in person at early vote centers, your county election office, or on Election Day at polling locations. Click here for the state's guide to the 2020 General Election.

More Early Voting & Absentee Voting Details for California

Early Voting Dates: County-Specific

Many counties provide in-person early voting at select locations. Dates and locations are set by the county elections office and can be found here. No excuse required.

If you did not receive a ballot in the mail, you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 27th. Then, when you complete your by-mail ballot, it must be postmarked by Election Day.

In California, you have the option to select “permanent absentee” on your California voter registration to receive all ballots by mail.

Alabama

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Early Voting Dates: Sept. 10 to Oct. 29th


You can vote in person with an absentee ballot at your county courthouse through Oct. 29th due to COVID-19. Be sure to bring valid photo ID.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot by Oct. 29th. Include a copy of your photo ID with your application. Then, when you return your  ballot by mail, it must be postmarked by Nov. 2nd and received by Nov. 3rd at NOON. Or you can drop it off in person to your Absentee Elections Manager by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2nd.


When you return your ballot, it must include an affidavit that is affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of two witnesses and a copy of your photo ID. For more information or to track your ballot, contact your county’s Absentee Election Manger.


The absentee voting request period opens on Jan. 1st for each calendar year. You’ll need to give an excuse to vote via absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.


Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

Alaska

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 19th-Nov.2nd (exact dates and times vary by county)


You can vote in-person at your Regional Election’s Office from Oct. 19th to Nov. 2nd before the election. No excuse required. Click here for early voting locations.


To vote absentee-by-mail or electronic transmission, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot by Oct. 24th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd. You must sign the certificate on the return envelope with an adult witness or official authorized to administer oaths present, such as a notary.


The vote-by-mail application period opens on Jan. 1st. You can select to receive ballots by mail or electronically for all or select elections in the calendar year. Applications sent by mail must be received at least 10 days prior to the election date.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Arizona

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 7th-Oct. 30th


You can vote in-person at your county elections office before the election. No excuse required. Early voting times may vary by county. Check with your county elections office to confirm dates for early voting during the election cycle.


To vote by mail, first you’ll need to apply for a mail-in ballot no later than Oct. 23rd at 5 p.m. Then, when you complete your ballot, it must be received by 7pm on Election Day.


You may also elect to be on Arizona’s Permanent Early Voting List for all elections. Submit a new registration form with this selection if it is your preference.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Arkansas

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 19th to Nov. 2nd


You can vote in person at locations designated by your county from Oct. 19th to Nov. 2nd before the election. No excuse required.


To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 27th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. If delivering in person, you may drop off your ballot at your county clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Nov. 3rd. All voters may vote absentee for the Nov. 3rd election if they have health concerns about COVID-19.


The absentee voting request period opens on Jan. 1st for each calendar year. You’ll need to give an excuse to vote via absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.


 


Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

California

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Early Voting Dates: County-Specific


Many counties provide in-person early voting at select locations. Dates and locations are set by the county elections office and can be found here. No excuse required.


If you did not receive a ballot in the mail, you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 27th. Then, when you complete your by-mail ballot, it must be postmarked by Election Day.


In California, you have the option to select “permanent absentee” on your California voter registration to receive all ballots by mail.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Colorado

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 19th to Nov. 3rd


All voters registered at least 8 days before the election (Oct. 26th) in Colorado should receive a by-mail ballot. No excuse required. If you have not received your ballot you can check its status here.


Voters may return ballots by-mail as long as it is received by Election Day, or in-person to their county clerk’s office, stand alone drop box locations, or Voter Service and Polling Center by Election Day. Click here to find your local locations.


Voters may register to vote and vote in person at any vote center from Oct. 19th to Election Day.


Alternatively, you can register to vote and vote in-person at Voter Service and Polling Centers on or before Election Day.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Connecticut

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Early Voting Dates: None


To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. Your application must be received by the town clerk by Nov. 2nd. In 2020, all Connecticut voters are eligible to vote absentee due to COVID-19.


Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be mailed in time to be received by your town clerk on Nov. 3rd, Election Day. Or you may return the ballot in-person to your town clerk or dropbox by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3rd.


The vote-by-mail application period opens Jan. 1st. You must submit a request for each election. You’ll need to give an excuse to vote via absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.


If you are applying for an absentee ballot within 6 days of the election, this is considered an emergency absentee ballot. There are additional requirements for your excuse. Info here on what qualifies.


 


Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

Delaware

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Early Voting Dates: County-Specific


Due to COVID-19, Delaware will allow all voters to request mail-in ballots throughout 2020.


Alternatively, you can vote in-person at your county’s Department of Elections using an absentee ballot. Hours will vary by county, click here for specific dates and times.


The vote-by-mail application period opens Jan. 1st. You may request to receive ballots by mail for most elections during the calendar year. School board and related elections are not covered by this application. You’ll need to give an excuse to vote by-mail with an absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.


Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

District of Columbia

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 27th to Nov. 2nd


You can vote in person at designated locations from Oct. 27th to Nov. 2nd before the election. No excuse required. You may also register to vote during early voting, but cannot change your party if you were previously registered in DC.


This year, due to COVID-19, Washington DC will mail ballots to all registered voters for the Nov. 3rd general election.


If you are newly registered or did not not receive a ballot in the mail, you must apply for an absentee ballot by Oct. 27th. Your request must be received by 4:45 p.m. We recommend getting your application in as soon as possible.


Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd.


Applications for permanent absentee voters, or election specific absentee requests, are processed and received by the district at any time.

Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Florida

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Early voting dates: Oct. 24th-Oct. 31st


You can vote in-person at your local Supervisor of Elections office and other designated locations from Oct. 24th to Oct. 31st. Additional dates and times for early voting are determined by each county. No excuse required.


To vote absentee by mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. Your request must be received by Oct. 24th at 5 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by Election Day.


The vote-by-mail application period is always open in Florida. No excuse is required to request a by-mail ballot. Your absentee selection must be renewed every two years.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Georgia

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 12th- Oct. 30th


You can vote in-person (called “Advanced Voting”) from Oct. 12th- Oct. 30th at locations designated by your county. No excuse required.


To vote absentee by mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. Your request must be received by Oct. 30th.  Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by Nov. 3rd.


Absentee ballot applications open 180 days prior to the election. No excuse is required to request a by-mail ballot.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Hawaii

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 20th-Nov. 3nd


You can vote in-person at your local voter service centers and elections office before the election from Oct. 20th to Nov. 3rd. No excuse required. Early voting times may vary by county.  You may also register to vote in person. 


If you need a ballot by-mail delivered to an address that is different than what is on your registration, you must submit your request by Oct. 27th to receive a by-mail ballot. No excuse required.


Voters may return ballots by-mail, in-person, or at a Voter Service Center so that they are received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3rd.


 


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Idaho

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 19th-Oct. 30th


Some counties provide in-person early voting at select locations from Oct. 19th to Oct. 30th. Hours and locations are set by the county clerks office and can be found here. Counties that do not participate in multi-site early voting will allow in-person voting by absentee ballot at county clerk’s office as soon as absentee ballots are available until Oct. 30th at 5 pm. No excuse required.


To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. This application must be received by no later than Oct. 23rd at 5 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by 5 pm on Election Day.


The absentee ballot application period opens on Jan. 1st. You must submit an application for each election. No excuse required.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Illinois

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 19th to Nov. 2nd


You can vote in-person at designated locations from Oct 19th to Nov. 2nd before the election. No excuse required.


To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 29th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by Election Day.


Due to COVID-19, the state will mail absentee ballot applications to all active voters. If you are a new voter, have not voted since 2016, or did not receive an application in the mail, click here to access the application.


Absentee by-mail ballot requests open 90 days prior to any election. Applicants must apply for each election, no excuse required.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Indiana

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 6th to Nov. 2nd


You can vote early in-person with an absentee ballot at vote centers or your county elections office from Oct. 6th to Nov. 2nd until at noon, using an absentee ballot. No excuse required.


To vote by mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 22nd. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by Nov. 3rd at noon.


Absentee by mail ballot requests open on Dec. 1st the year before a primary election, and on the date of the primary election for the general election. Applicants must apply for each election, excuse required. Info here on what qualifies.


Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

Iowa

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 5th to Nov. 2nd


You can vote in-person at your county auditor’s office before the election, using an absentee ballot, from Oct. 5th to Nov. 2nd. No excuse required.


To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 23rd. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Nov 2nd.


To prepare for the election during the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa will mail absentee ballot applications to all active voters in the fall. If you are a new voter in the state or did not receive an application in the mail, you need to request an application directly.


Absentee ballot requests open 120 days before each election. Applicants must apply for each election, no excuse required.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Kansas

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 14th-Nov. 2nd (exact dates vary by county)


In-person advance voting to begin up to 20 days before election day at county election offices or satellite voting locations. All counties must offer in-person advance voting no later than one week before election day. Exact dates vary by county, more info here.


To cast an advance ballot by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an advance ballot by Oct. 27th. Then, when you complete your ballot, it must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd, Election Day.


Absentee ballot requests open on Apr. 1st before a primary election, and 90 days before the general election. Applicants must apply for each election, no excuse required.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Kentucky

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 16th-Nov. 2nd


You can vote in-person at your county clerk’s office from Oct. 16th to Nov. 2nd before the election, using an absentee ballot. Check with your county clerk for exact times. 


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot online is Oct. 9th and to apply in-person or by mail is Oct. 27th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Election Day (Nov. 3rd).  Due to COVID-19, all voters in Kentucky are allowed to use a mail-in ballot.


The absentee ballot by-mail application period opens on Jan. 1st. You must submit an application for each election.


Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

Louisiana

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 20th-Oct. 27th


You can vote in-person at your registrar of voters’ office and designated locations from Oct. 20th- Oct. 27th  before the election. No excuse required.


To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 30th at 4:30 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be mailed in and received by your registrar of voters by 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 2nd.


You’ll need to give an excuse to vote-by -mail. Info here on what qualifies. If you are unable to sign your application, it must be witnessed with 2 adult signatures. Louisiana allows for permanent absentee status for elderly or disabled voters through their Disability Application.


Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

Maine

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thEarly Voting Dates: Oct. 12th-29th


You can vote in-person at your municipal clerk’s office from Oct. 12th-29th for the general election, using an absentee ballot. No excuse required.


To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 29th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by election day.


The absentee ballot by-mail application period opens 90 days before the election. You must submit an application for each election.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Maryland

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 22nd to Oct. 29th


If you would like to request a mail-in ballot your request must be received by Oct. 20th and your ballot must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd.


You can vote in-person at designated early voting locations from Oct. 22nd to Oct. 29th before the election. No excuse required. Click here for more information on absentee voting.


The absentee ballot by-mail application period opens Jan. 1st. You may request to receive ballots for statewide primary and general elections during the calendar year, no excuse required.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Massachusetts

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Early Voting Dates: Aug. 22nd to Aug. 28th


To vote by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for a mail-in ballot no later than Aug. 26th at noon. Then, when you complete your ballot, it must be received by Election Day.


In July, Massachusetts changed its state law to no-excuse mail-in voting, opening voting by mail as an option for all registered voters for 2020. For the September and November elections, all registered voters will receive an application to request a ballot in the mail. You must return this application to receive a ballot in the mail.


If you are newly registered, or did not receive a ballot application in the mail, you must request one directly.


The absentee ballot by-mail application period opens Jan. 1st. You may request to receive ballots for multiple elections during the calendar year.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Michigan

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Early Voting Dates: Sept. 24th-Nov. 2nd


You can vote in-person at your township or city clerk’s office from Sept. 24th until Nov. 2nd at 4 p.m., using an absentee ballot. You may also register to vote with proof of residence during this time. Contact your clerk’s office for specific dates and hours.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 30th Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by Election Day.


Registered voters will automatically receive applications to request absentee ballots by mail for all remaining 2020 elections due to COVID-19. If you are newly registered, or did not receive an application, you must request an application directly from your city or township clerk’s office.


The vote-by-mail application period opens 75 days before each election, no excuse required.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Minnesota

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Early Voting Dates: Sept. 18th-Nov. 2nd (specific dates and times vary by county)


You can vote in person at your county clerk’s office from Sept. 18th to Nov. 2nd at 5:00 p.m. before the election, using an absentee ballot. No excuse required. For specific dates and times reach out to your local office.


To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Nov. 2nd, but we recommend completing this application as soon as possible. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Election Day.


Your signature envelope might have a box for a witness to complete and sign. Due to COVID19, there is no witness requirement for registered voters for the November 3, 2020 State General Election. Non-registered voters will still need a witness, to indicate their proof of residence.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan. 1st. You may request to receive ballots for multiple elections during the calendar year, no excuse required.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Mississippi

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 24th-Oct. 31st


You can vote in-person at your clerk’s office before the election using an absentee ballot. Start dates vary by county; all early voting ends on Oct. 31st at noon. Excuse required.


To vote absentee by mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot by Oct. 26th at 5 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Election Day at 5 p.m.


Absentee ballot by-mail requests open 45 days before each election. Applicants must apply for each election, excuse required.


Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

Missouri

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Early Voting Dates: Varies by County to Nov. 2nd


You can vote in person at your local election authority through Nov. 2nd at 5:00 p.m. before the election, using an absentee ballot. Visit your local election authority’s website for the start date.


To vote absentee by mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 21st at 5:00 pm. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by Election Day. If you have not voted in-person at your current address, you’ll need to submit a copy of your photo I.D. with address and signature with your ballot.


During 2020, the state has extended its absentee voting excuse requirement to accommodate voters that have contracted or are at risk of contracting COVID-19. Similarly, voters that qualify for an absentee ballot because they have or are at risk of contracting COVID-19 do not have to obtain a notary or witness signature on their ballot.


Whether it’s in-person or by-mail, you’ll need to give an excuse to vote by absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.


Absentee ballot requests by-mail open 90 days prior to any election. Applicants must apply for each election.



Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

Montana

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 12th- Nov. 2nd (In-person absentee)


In-person absentee voting is available for 25 days before any election in Montana without an excuse. Visit your local elections office to pick up an absentee ballot by Nov. 2nd at noon.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Nov. 2nd at noon. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by 8 pm on the date of the election.


Voters may request to be permanent absentee voters by-mail for all elections at any time, no excuse required.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Nebraska

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 5th to Nov. 2nd


You can vote in person at your county clerk’s office from Oct. 5th to Nov. 2nd before the election, using an absentee ballot. No excuse required.


To vote early by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 23rd.Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by Election Day.


Absentee ballot requests open 120 days prior to any election. Applicants must apply for each election, no excuse required.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Nevada

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 17th-Oct. 30th


You can vote in-person at your county clerk’s office from Oct. 17th-Oct. 30th before the election. No excuse required.


Due to COVID-19, Nevada will send all registered voters ballots in the mail for the Nov. 3rd election. If you did not receive a ballot or have recently registered, request a ballot by Oct. 20th. Your ballot must be postmarked by Election Day.


Voters may apply to their local clerk’s office to vote by-mail without excuse, either by selecting to be permanent absentee voter or requesting a ballot for a specific election. First time voters who apply to vote by-mail will need to submit a photo ID with signature and address with application.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

New Hampshire

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Early Voting Dates: Varies by local clerk


You can vote in-person at your town or city clerk’s office approximately 30 days before the election, using an absentee ballot.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot at least one week before the election. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by election day. Absentee ballot requests by-mail open 90 days prior to any election.


Whether it’s in-person or by-mail, you’ll need to give an excuse to vote by absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.


 


Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

New Jersey

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Early Voting: Sept. 19th-Nov. 2nd (In-person absentee)


You can vote in-person absentee from the time the ballots become available until 3:00 pm the day before the election. New Jersey will send mail-in ballots to all registered voters. If you need to update your address please update your voter registration and ensure it is received by Oct. 13th. The absentee ballot must be returned to the county clerk by election day.The absentee ballot must be returned to the county clerk by election day.


You may apply to change to vote-by-mail status without an excuse at any time. Either select permanent mail-in voter when registering to vote, or by submitting a county-based request for mail-in ballots.


 


 


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

New Mexico

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 17th-Oct. 31st


You can vote in person at your county clerk’s office from Oct. 17th to Oct. 31st before the election. No excuse required.


To vote absentee by mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 20th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by 7 pm on Election Day.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan. 1st. You must submit separate requests to receive ballots for each election during the calendar year, no excuse required.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

New York

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 24th- Nov. 1st


You can vote in person at your county election board’s office, or in the case of New York City, Borough Board of Elections office from Oct. 24th to Nov. 1st, using an absentee ballot. There are also select polling locations open, please contact your county for details.


To vote absentee by mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 27th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd.  Due to COVID-19, all New York Voters can vote with an absentee ballot due to the risk of illness to themselves or others.


Info here on other qualifying excuses.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st. You may submit one form annually, providing your excuse, and select all elections or individual elections.


Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

North Carolina

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 15th to Oct. 31st


You can vote in-person at your county’s Board of Elections office and designated early voting locations from Oct. 15th to Oct. 31st. No excuse required. You may also register to vote during early voting. Note that Early Voting hours vary widely by county, check with your local Board of Elections for exact times.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 27th at 5 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be signed by one witnesses, then it must be received by 5 p.m. on election day.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan. 1st. You must submit an application for an absentee ballot by-mail for each election. No excuse required.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

North Dakota

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Early Voting Dates: County specific


You can vote in-person at your county election’s office from before the election. Contact your County Auditor’s office for dates and times. No excuse required.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. Absentee applications are requested at least one-week before the election. Contact your county auditor for their deadline. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by election day.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st. You may submit one form annually and select all elections or individual elections.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Ohio

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Early Voting Dates: October 3rd to November 2nd


You can vote in person at your county election office from October 3rd to November 2nd at 2:00 p.m. before the election. No excuse required.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than October 31st at noon. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received in person by 7:30 pm on Election Day or postmarked by Nov. 2nd.


To prepare for the election during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio will mail absentee ballot applications to all active voters in the fall. If you are a new voter in the state or did not receive an application in the mail, you need to request an application directly.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st for general election cycles, and 90 days before for other elections. You must submit an application for an absentee ballot by-mail for each election.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Oklahoma

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 29th to Oct. 31st


You can vote in-person at your county Board of Elections office from Oct. 29th-Oct. 31st at 2:00 p.m. before the election. No excuse required.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 27th at 5 pm. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by election day. Your ballot will require a notary signature as a witness.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st. You may submit one form annually and select all elections or individual elections.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Oregon

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Early Voting Dates: N/A


All registered voters in Oregon receive a vote-by-mail ballot. No excuse required.


If you will not be at your residence and would like to have your ballot mailed to a different address, you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. Oregon does not have a deadline for these requests, however, we suggest at least 1 month before the election. Be sure to mail your ballot in a timely manner so that it can be received by election day.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Pennsylvania

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Early Voting Dates: N/A


Applications for a mail-in or absentee ballot must be received by Oct. 27th at 5pm, and your completed ballot must be received by 8pm on Election Day.


The mail-in ballot application period opens Jan. 1st. You may submit one form annually and select all elections. No excuse required.


 


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Rhode Island

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Early Voting Dates: Aug. 19th to Sept. 8th


To vote absentee by-mail without an excuse, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Aug. 18th at 4:00 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by 8:00 pm on September 8th.


If you miss the Aug. 18th deadline, and you are unable to vote on election day due to an emergency, you may submit an in-person application and absentee ballot at your local Board of Canvassers. Excuse required. More info here.


Due to COVID-19, the witness signature requirement is eliminated for absentee voting in Rhode Island in 2020.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st. You must submit an application for an absentee ballot by-mail for each election.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

South Carolina

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 5th to Nov. 2nd (In-person absentee)


You can vote in-person at your county election office from Oct. 5th-Nov. 2nd at 5 pm before the election, using an absentee ballot.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 30th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by election day at 7 pm.


Whether it’s in person or by mail, you’ll need to give an excuse to vote by absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan. 1st. You must submit a form for each election that you would like to participate in by-mail and include your excuse.


Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

South Dakota

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Early Voting Dates: Sept. 18th-Nov. 2nd  at 3 p.m.


You can vote in person at your county clerk office from Sept. 18th-Nov. 2nd at 3:00 pm, using an absentee ballot.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Nov. 2nd at 5:00 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by 8pm on Election Day. A copy of your photo ID or, if you do not have one, a signed affidavit will be required when you vote by-mail.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st. You must submit an application for an absentee ballot by-mail for each election.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Tennessee

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 14th-Oct. 29th


You can vote in person at your county Election Commission’s office from Oct. 14th-Oct. 29th before the election. No excuse required.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. Your application must be received by Oct. 27th.


Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by close of polls (times vary by county) on Election Day.


The absentee ballot application period opens 90 days before each election. You must submit an application for each election that you would like to participate in by-mail. You’ll need to give an excuse to vote by-mail absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.


Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

Texas

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 19th-Oct. 30th


You can vote in-person at any early voting location in your county from Oct. 19th-Oct. 30th before the election. No excuse required.


To vote by mail, first you’ll need to apply for a ballot, your request must be received by no later than Oct. 23rd. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan. 1st or 60 days before each election. You must submit a form for each election that you would like to participate in by-mail. You’ll need to give an excuse to vote by mail absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.



Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

Utah

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 20th-Nov. 2nd.


You can vote in-person at any early voting location in your county before the election. See your county clerk’s office for exact dates. No excuse required.


All registered voters in Utah receive a vote-by-mail ballot. No excuse required.


If you will not be at your residence and would like to have you ballot mailed to a different address, you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot by Oct. 27th. Ballots must to postmarked by Monday, Nov. 2nd or returned to a drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Vermont

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Early Voting Dates: Sept. 21st-Nov. 2nd


You can vote in-person at your town clerk’s office from Sept. 21st to Nov. 2nd, using an absentee ballot. No excuse required.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. Your request must be received by no later than Nov. 2nd, but we recommend applying as soon as possible to ensure your vote is counted. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by 7 pm on election day.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st. You must submit an application for an absentee ballot by-mail for each election.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Virginia

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Early Voting: Sept. 18th to Oct. 31st


Early voting is available through your Registrar and at satellite locations in your county, click here to see locations and hours.


The deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00PM on Oct. 23rd. Your ballot must be postmarked by election day, Nov. 3rd.


The absentee ballot application period opens 365 days before the election. You must submit an application for an absentee ballot by-mail for each election. Whether it’s in person or by mail, you’ll need to give an excuse to vote by absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Washington

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 16th to Nov. 2nd


All registered voters in Washington receive a vote-by-mail ballot. No excuse required.


If you will not be at your residence and would like to have you ballot mailed to a different address, you may do so through the My Vote portal. Be sure to follow specific instructions so you do not affect your permanent address and registration.


 


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

West Virginia

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Early Voting Dates: Oct. 21st-Oct. 31st


You can vote in-person at your county clerk’s office from Oct. 21st to Oct. 31st before the election. No excuse required.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. Your application must be received by Oct. 28th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by the day before the election.


Due to COVID-19, all voters may select “medical reason” as their excuse for requesting an absentee ballot.


The absentee ballot application period opens 84 days before the election. You must submit an application for an absentee ballot by-mail for each election. Whether it’s in person or by mail, you’ll need to give an excuse to vote by absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.


 


Excuse Required for Absentee? Yes

Wisconsin

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Early Voting Dates: Sept. 17th-Nov. 1st (exact dates and times vary by county)


You can vote in person at your municipal clerk’s office before the election, using an absentee ballot. See your municipal clerk for exact dates. No excuse required.


All Wisconsin voters will be sent an application to vote by mail for the November election. A completed application must be received by Oct 29th. Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st. You may submit one form annually and select all elections or individual elections. Copy of photo ID with address and signature is required with absentee ballot by mail application. The state allows for permanent absentee status for elderly or disabled voters.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No

Wyoming

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Early Voting Dates: Sept. 18th-Nov. 2nd (exact dates and times vary by county)


You can register and vote in-person at your local election’s office before the election, using an absentee ballot. Visit your local elections office for exact dates and times. No excuse required.


To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. Wyoming does not have a deadline for applications, however, we recommend you apply as soon as possible.. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by 7 pm on election day.


The absentee ballot application period opens Jan 1st. You must submit a form for each election that you would like to participate in by-mail.


Excuse Required for Absentee? No