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Alabama

You must present one of the following forms of valid photo ID before voting:

  • Alabama driver's license or non-driver ID card issued by the Alabama DMV
  • Any other photo ID issued by Alabama, any other state government, or the US
  • US passport
  • Employee photo ID card issued by Alabama or the US
  • US military photo ID
  • Alabama photo voter ID card
  • Student or staff photo ID issued by a public or private college, university or postgraduate technical or professional school in Alabama
  • Tribal photo ID card

If you do not have a valid photo ID you  may vote only if you are identified by two election officials in the polling place as a voter on the poll list who is eligible to vote and the election officials execute an affidavit stating this. 

If you do not have a valid photo ID and the election officials are not able to identify you, you must cast a provisional ballot.

Free photo ID available!

If you do not have a photo ID, you may obtain one from the Secretary of State or from your county Board of Registrars. You are able to get a new photo ID card each time you move within the state. If you are elderly or have a disability such that your polling place is not accessible, you are not required to produce identification when voting by absentee ballot.

Alaska

You will need to show your signed voter ID card, or any other signed ID that will allow the election worker to verify your signature. Examples include your driver's license, military ID, Indian ID, fish and game license, state ID card, passport, or senior citizen ID card. A picture ID is not necessary.

You may also present one of the following forms of ID if it includes your name and current address:

  • current utility bill or pay check
  • government check or bank statement
  • other government issued ID

After showing your ID, you will sign your name on the precinct register. When doing this, check the address that is listed. If your address is incorrect, tell the election worker and vote a questioned ballot. This will allow the Division of Elections to update your voter registration record with your correct address.

If you do not have ID or your name does not appear on the precinct register, you must vote a questioned ballot.

Arizona

You will be required to show proof of identity at the polling place before receiving a ballot. You will announce your name and place of residence to the election official and present one form of identification that bears your name, address, and photograph or two different forms of identification that bear your name and address. An identification is valid unless it can be determined on its face that it has expired.

Acceptable forms of identification with photograph, name, and address:

  • Valid Arizona driver's license
  • Valid Arizona non-operating identification license
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Valid U.S. federal, state, or local government issued ID

Acceptable forms of identification without a photograph that bear your name and address (two required):

  • Utility bill that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television
  • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election
  • Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration
  • Indian census card
  • Property tax statement of your residence
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
  • Recorder's certificate
  • Valid U.S. federal, state, or local government issued ID, including a voter registration card issued by the county recorder
  • Arizona vihicle insurance
  • Any maining to the elector marked "Official Election Material"

Other acceptable forms of identification are one identification with name and photo of the elector accompanied by one non-photo identification with name and address.

  • Any valid photo identification from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the precinct register accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register
  • U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2
  • U.S. Military identification without address and one valid item from List 2

An identification is valid unless it can be determined on its face that it has expired.

Arkansas

Photo IDs are not required to cast your ballot.

If you are a first time voter who registered by mail and did not submit a copy of the required ID with the applications, you must show one of the following before casting your ballot:

  • Valid Arkansas Driver's License or other photo ID
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address

If you do not show one of these forms of ID you may vote a Provisional Ballot.

California

A first-time voter who registers and did not provide identification with their application, may need to show identification at the polls. To be safe, bring your driver's license or another photo ID.

Colorado

If you are voting by mail for the first time you may need to provide a photocopy of your identification with your ballot. Voters who recently registered for the first time and are voting by mail are required to provide a photocopy of their identification.

When voting in person you will need one of the following types of identification:

  • A valid Colorado driver's license
  • A valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue
  • A valid U.S. passport
  • A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government or Colorado, or by any Colorado county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of this state
  • A valid pilot's license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or other authorized agency of the United States
  • A valid U.S. military identification card with photograph of the elector
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector. A cable bill, a telephone bill, documentation from a public institution of higher education in Colorado containing at least the name, date of birth, and residence address of the student elector, or a paycheck from a government institution are also sufficient forms of identification
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
  • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate
  • Certified documentation of naturalization
  • A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado.
  • A valid veteran identification card issued by the United States department of veterans affairs veterans health administration with a photograph of the eligible election
  • A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership
  • Verification that a voter is a resident of a group residential facility
  • Verification that a voter is a person committed to the department of human services and confined and eligible to register and vote

A Social Security number (or last four digits) is NOT a legal form of identification for voting in person. Neither is any document produced by Colorado's statewide registration system.

Connecticut

You must either show identification or sign a one line affidavit at the polling place if you have not provided proper identification when registering. A photo ID is not required. Acceptable forms of ID at the polling place are:

  • A Social Security card
  • Any other preprinted form of identification that shows your name and address, name and signature, or name and photograph.
  • Any current and valid photo ID that shows your name and address
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address

If you do not have identification, the affidavit form requires your name, residential address, date of birth, and signature. The affidavit states, under penalty of false statement, that you are the one whose name appears on the official checklist.

First time voters who registered to vote by mail and did not provide acceptable ID at registration must show identification at the polls or with their absentee ballots. Acceptable forms of identification include a copy of a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address. If you are a first time voter, you will be required to present identification and may not use the secretary of state's affidavit in lieu of acceptable ID.

Delaware

Identification is required ONLY if you have registered using the National Voter Registration Form and thus did not supply it originally. In that case, the voter must present current identification which includes a current and valid photo ID that shows full name and address. If a photo ID cannot be produced, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows full name and address will be accepted. Identification is also required the first time you vote in person or with an in-person absentee ballot.

District of Columbia

Identification is required of first-time voters who register by mail and do not provide proof of identification with their application.

Florida

To vote at the polls, you must provide picture identification that also shows a signature OR picture identification and another form of ID with your signature.

Examples of accepted photo IDs with a signature are:

  • Florida driver's license
  • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • United States passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military identification
  • Student identification
  • Retirement center identification
  • Neighborhood association identification
  • Public assistance identification

If you have additional questions about voter ID, please contact your local elections office.

If your photo ID does not have your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that does have your signature.

If you do not bring a valid ID, you can still vote a provisional ballot. As long as you are eligible and voted in the proper precinct, your provisional ballot will count provided the signature on your provisional ballot matches the signature in your registration record.

Georgia

When you arrive at your polling place, you will be required to present one of the following forms of identification:

  • A Georgia driver's license, even if it is expired
  • A photo ID issued by a state or federal government agency
  • A valid U.S. passport
  • An employee ID card containing your photograph and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of Georgia
  • A valid U.S. military ID card
  • A valid tribal ID card.
  • If you do not have one of the above forms of ID, the State of Georgia offers a free Voter Identification Card.

If you are unable to show identification at the time of voting you may cast a provisional ballot which will be counted only if you present identification within the two day period following the election. For more information on the acceptable forms of photo ID and the free Voter Identification Card, please visit your state's resource.

Hawaii

Poll workers may ask you provide a photo ID with a signature. However, this is not required in order to vote. If you have no ID you will be asked to give your date of birth and residence address to the poll worker in order to verify the information in the poll book.

Identification is required of first-time voters who register by mail and do not provide proof of identification with their application. Acceptable forms of ID include any current and valid photo ID, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

 

Idaho

All voters are required to show photo ID or sign a Personal Identification Affidavit to cast a regular ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • An Idaho driver's license or photo Identification Card
  • A U.S. passport or Federal photo identification card
  • A current student photo ID, issued by an Idaho high school or post secondary education institution.
  • A tribal photo identification card.

NOTE: The name on the ID must match the name on the registration list in the poll book but common abbreviations and nicknames are acceptable.

Illinois

Identification is not required to vote at the polls, although you will be required to verify your signature. However, there are individual circumstances that may require that identification be shown. In those cases, you must present a photo ID, and if the photo ID has an address, it must match the registration address. If a photo ID is not used, the document (examples of which are listed below) must show your name and address. This must be presented to an election judge before being permitted to vote.

If you do not present a required form on identification, you may vote on a provisional ballot. For further information, please see Provisional Voting below.

If you registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2003, and you did not submit a copy of the required identification with the registration application at that time, and you will be voting in a jurisdiction for the first time, then you will be required to submit a copy of one of the following:

  • Current and valid photo identification
  • Utility bill
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Government document

Illinois voters who vote during the early voting period must vote in person and must provide a valid identification. Valid forms of identification for this purpose include a current driver's license, state-issued identification card, or another government-issued identification card.

Indiana

Photo ID is required of all voters casting a ballot in person. There are exceptions for certain confined voters and voters casting absentee ballots by mail. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver's license, passport, military ID or picture ID from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The criteria for acceptable ID include:

  • Photograph
  • A name which matches the voter registration record
  • An expiration date after Election Day
  • Must have been issued by the U.S. government or the state of Indiana

A student ID from an Indiana State school may only be used if it meets all of the four criteria specified above. A student ID from a private institution may not be used for voting purposes. For more information for college students, click here.

Iowa

You may need to show indentification at the poll if:

  • You registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2003 and you have never voted in a primary or general election in your county of residence
  • Your registration is inactive
  • You have moved from the address where you are registered to vote
  • Your right to vote is challenged
  • The precinct election officials do not know you

You can use any of these forms of identification:

  • Current and valid photo ID card
  • Copy of a current document that shows your name and address, such as: a utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck
Kansas

Voters must show photo ID when casting a vote. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A driver's license or nondriver's ID card issued by Kansas, or by another state or district in of the U.S.
  • A concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas, or a concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by another state or district of the U.S.
  • A U.S. passport
  • An employee badge or ID document issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office or agency
  • A military ID issued by the U.S.
  • A student ID card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution of education in the state of Kansas.
  • A public assistance ID card issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office or agency.
  • An ID card issued by an Indian tribe

Photo ID is also required for early voting and absentee voting. EXCEPTIONS AVAILABLE: Persons over 65 may use expired documentation as proof of identity.

FREE ID: ID cards for persons over 17 years old are free if the applicant signs an affidavit attesting that the ID is needed for purposes of voting in Kansas and that the applicant does not possess any other form of identification qualifying as acceptable ID for voting. The applicant must also produce evidence that he/she is a registered voter in Kansas. Find that affidavit here. Unique among the states, Kansas provides free birth certificates to persons born in Kansas if needed to acquire a photo ID for voting.

Kentucky

ID is required, however photo ID is not required. Acceptable forms of ID include a personal acquaintance of the precinct officer, or a document such as a driver's license, Social Security card, or credit card or another form of ID containing both a picture and a signature.

Louisiana

To vote, you must either present a valid photo ID, or sign an affidavit if no photo ID is available. Acceptable photo ID includes:

  • A Louisiana driver's license
  • A Louisiana special ID card (you can get one for free at the Office of Motor Vehicles by showing your voter information card).
  • Any other generally recognized picture ID card that contains your name and signature

 

Maine

If you are already registered to vote, you do not need to provide identification to receive a ballot. If you are registering on Election Day, you will need to provide proof of identity and residency.

Maryland

You will be asked to provide identification at the polling place if:

  • You are voting for the first time in Maryland
  • You registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003
  • You have not previously met the identification requirements

If you registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2006, you most likely satisfied the identification requirement during the registration process. If you did not satisfy the requirement, your county election board will have notified you and requested information to satisfy the identification requirement. You can satisfy the identification requirement by providing one of the following:

  • A copy of a current and valid photo ID (i.e., Maryland driver's license, MVA-issued ID card, student, employee or military ID card, U.S. passport, or any other state or federal government issued ID card.)
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.
Massachusetts

If you registered to vote by mail on or after January 1, 2003, you will be required to show identification when you vote for the first time in a federal election.

If you provide your driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on the voter registration form and those numbers are verified, you will not have to provide identification when you register to vote or at the polls. If you do not provide those numbers or if they cannot be verified (the acknowledgement of your voter registration that you receive in the mail will notify you) then you have to provide identification either at town or city hall prior to the election or at the polls when you vote. Identification must have your name and current address. Acceptable forms of identification including any of the following:

  • Current and valid photo identification
  • Government check or official document
  • Current utility bill
  • Paycheck or stub
Michigan

Every Michigan voter who offers to vote in the polls must comply with the requirement by showing picture identification or signing an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification.

Voters with picture ID: Voters can satisfy the ID requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card. 

Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture ID as long as it is current:

• Driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state.

• Federal or state government-issued photo ID.

• U.S. passport.

• Military identification card with photo.

• Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.

• Tribal identification card with photo.

Voters without picture ID: Michigan election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture ID. Voters who do not have acceptable picture ID or forgot to bring acceptable picture ID to the polls can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.

Questions regarding the voter identification requirement can be directed to your local city or township clerk’s office.

Minnesota

You only need ID to vote if you have not registered before arriving at the polling precinct. You may register to vote at your polling place on Election Day. Options of proof of residence are as follows:

ID with current name and address:

  • Valid Minnesota driver's license, Minnesota learner's permit, Minnesota ID card or a receipt for any of these
  • Tribal ID card with your name, address, photo and signature

Photo ID plus a document with current name and address:

Accepted photo IDs:

  • Driver's license, state ID card or learner's permit issued by any state
  • US passport
  • US military ID card
  • Tribal ID card with name, signature and photo
  • Minnesota university, college or technical college ID card
  • Minnesota high school ID card

Accepted documents:

  • Residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day)
  • Current student fee statement
  • Bill, account or start of service statement due or dated within 30 days of election for: phone, TV, internet services, solid waste or sewer services, electric, gas, water, banking or credit card, rent or mortgage payments

Registered voter who can confirm your name and address:

A registered voter from your precinct can go with you to your polling place to sign an oath confirming your address. One registered voter can vouch for up to eight others

College student ID - if a student housing list was provided:

College students can use a student photo ID card if their college provided a student housing list to election officials.

Valid registration in same precinct:

If you were previously registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the elections official your previous name or address. You are not required to provide any additional documentation.

Notice of late registration:

If you registered to vote too close to Election Day, you may have received a Notice of Late Registration in the mail. This notice can be used to register on Election Day.

Staff person of a residential facility:

If you live in a residential facility, a facility staff person can go with you to the polls to confirm your address.

Mississippi

Photo ID is required in order to vote. You must show one of the following forms of ID - expired photo IDs are acceptable as long as they are not more than 10 years old:

  • A driver's license
  • Photo ID card issued by a branch, department or entity of the Staet of Mississippi
  • US passport
  • Government employee ID card
  • Firearms license
  • Student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college or community/junior college
  • US military ID
  • Tribal photo ID
  • Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the US governemtn or any state government
  • Mississippi Voter ID Card

If you do not have any of these forms of ID, you can obtain a Mississippi Voter ID Card at no cost. You can apply for a Mississippi Voter ID card at any Circuit Clerk's office during normal business hours. Or call 1-855-868-3745 for more information.

 

Missouri

You must show an acceptable form of ID when going to vote. Acceptable forms of ID are as follows:

  • ID issued by the state of Missouri, an agency of the state, or a local election authority of the state
  • ID issued by the U.S. government or agency
  • ID issued by an institution of higher education, including a university, college, vocational or technical school located within Missouri
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that contains your name and address
  • A driver's license or state ID card issued by another state

The Missouri DMV will issue free non-driver's licenses to those (with proper identification requirements,) who need them to vote.

Montana

You must present ID when voting. When you enter your polling place, an election judge will greet you, ask your name, and confirm that you are registered to vote in that precinct. He or she will then ask you to show ID. This can be any current photo ID that shows your name (for example, a valid driver's license, school ID, state ID, or tribal ID) or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, voter confirmation notice, government check or other government document that shows your name and current address.

If you do not have any of these forms of ID, you can still vote by requesting and filling out a Polling Place Elector ID form. Or you can vote a provisional ballot.

Nebraska

No identification is required unless you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide verification with your registration application. Please check with your local election officials to determine what form of ID is needed at the polls.

Nevada

If you are a first time voter, and did not provide an acceptable form of ID with your registration from, you may be asked to show ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Current Nevada drivers' license
  • Current Nevada state ID card
  • Rent receipt with pre-printed address
  • Bank statement or pre-printed check
  • Credit card statement
  • Vehicle registration or proof of insurance
  • Government document (tax bill, income information)
  • Current Utility bill.
New Hampshire

A photo ID will be requested of you, but you may sign a simple affidavit.

Acceptable Federal and State Photo IDs (may be expired within the last five years, unless you are over 65 and then no expiration restrictions apply)

  • Driver's license issued by any state
  • Non-driver's photo ID from any state
  • US Armed Services phtot ID
  • US passport or passport card
  • NH photo ID issued by the DMV for voting purposes only

Student Photo IDs (no date is required)

  • NH schools including public and private colleges and universities, community colleges and licensed career schools
  • Public high schools and private high schools that are approved by the NH Department of Educations

Other

  • A photo ID deemed acceptable by a Supervisor of the Checklist, Moderator or Town or City Clerk
  • Verification of a person's identity by a Supervisor of the Checklist, Moderator or Town or City Clerk
  • An affidavit filled out and signed by the voter and an authorized election officer

If you do not have an approved photo ID you may get a free photo ID for voting purposes only by presenting a voucher from your town/city clerk to any New Hampshire DMV office that issues identification.

New Jersey

Identification is not required unless you are a first time voter who registered by mail and did not provide ID verification with application. If you registered to vote by mail in your county after January 1, 2003, and never voted in a federal election in the county, you are required to provide your county commissioner of registration with identification.

Acceptable Identification includes current and valid photo ID such as:

  • Driver's license
  • Student or job ID
  • Military or other government ID
  • Store membership ID
  • United States passport
  • Bank statement
  • Car registration
  • Government check or document
  • Non-photo driver's license
  • Rent receipt
  • Sample ballot
  • Utility bill
  • Any other official document

Every person registering to vote must provide his or her NJ driver's licensenumber or MVC non-driver ID number. If the registrant does not have either a driver's license or MVC ID, the last four numbers of his or her socialsecurity number must be provided. These numbers will be verified by theNew Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. The registrant will be notified if the numbers cannot be matched. If the registrant does not have a driver's license, a MVC non-driver ID or social security number can be entered into that box on the registration form.

If you show identification, you will vote via the voting machine. If you do not show identification, you will vote via provisional ballot and have until the close of business on the second day after the election, to provide identification to the applicable county election office. You will be given a hand-out at the polling place that will tell you which county election office to contact.

New Mexico

If you registered to vote for the first time by mail and did not provide a copy of a current and valid photo ID along with a current utility bill or bank statement, you will need to show some form of ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • An original or copy of a current  and valid photo ID with or without an address (the address doesn't need to match the address on your registration)
  • Original or copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student ID card or other government document, including ID issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and address (the address doesn't need to match the address on your registration)
  • Verbal or written statement by you (the voter) with your name, year of birth and registered address

If you can not provide any of the above forms of ID you may vote a provisional ballot.

New York

If you are a new voter who is registering by mail, you will be required to show identification when you go to vote for the first time. If you are already registered at the board of elections or a state agency, you should not have to show identification at the polls. It is advisable for all new voters to bring identification when voting for the first time. Acceptable IDs to to vote are:

  • Passport
  • Government ID card
  • Military ID card
  • Student ID card
  • Public housing ID card
  • Any ID specified by HAVA and New York State law as acceptable
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check (Social Security, tax refund, military paycheck or paycheck stub)
  • Other government documents with your name and address including but not limited to: voter registration card, hunting, fishing, or trapping license or firearm permit.
North Carolina

Identification is only required if you are a first time voter whose identification data did not match when you registered to vote. These voters will be notified by mail of the required ID needed, such as:

  • A current NC driver's license
  • Any other government issued photo ID
  • A utility bill, pay-stub, W-2, bank statement or a document from a government agency that shows your name and current address
    North Dakota

    Acceptable forms of identification must include, name, date of birth and your street address. P.O. Boxes do not establish residency and CANNOT be accepted.

    Acceptable forms of identification are:

    • Driver's license
    • Non-driver's ID card
    • Tribal government issued ID card
    • Student ID certificate (provided by ND college or university)
    • Long-term car ID certificate (provided by ND facility)

    If you are voting absentee, acceptable forms of ID are:

    • Any forms of ID listed above
    • Passport or Military ID - Only for ND residents living outside the US who do not possess one of the other forms of ID
    • Attester - an applicant without acceptable form of ID may use an attester. The attester must provide his or her name, ND drivers license, non-driver's, or tribal ID number and sign the absentee/mail ballot application form to attest to the applicant's ND residency and voting eligibility.
       
    Ohio

    Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, must announce his or her full name and current address and provide proof of identity.

    The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on Election Day include:

    • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
    • A military identification;
    • A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
    • An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address;
    • An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;
    • An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;
    • An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or
    • An original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.

    For utility bills, bank statements, government checks, paychecks, and other government documents, “current” is defined as within the last 12 months.   “Utility bill” includes a cell phone bill.    “Other government document” includes license renewal and other notices, fishing and marine equipment operator’s license, court papers, or grade reports or transcripts.  “Government office” includes any local (including county, city, township, school district and village), state or federal (United States) government office, branch, agency, commission, public college or university or public community college, whether or not in Ohio

    Oklahoma

    When voting in person you will need proof of identification:

    Proof of identity documents for voting must have been issued by the United States government, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government.

    The document used for proof of identity for voting must contain the following information:

    • The name of the person to whom it was issued
    • A photograph of the person to whom it was issued
    • An expiration date that is after the date of the election, unless the identification is valid indefinitely

    Examples include:

    • An Oklahoma driver's license
    • State identification card
    • A U.S. passport
    • Military identification
    • A voter identification card received by mail from the County Election Board when you registered to vote. The law allows use of the voter identification card even though it does not include a photograph or an expiration date.

    If you do not have proof of identity, you may only vote by provisional ballot. When you cast a provisional ballot you will be required to fill out and sign an affidavit swearing or affirming you are the person identified on the precinct voter registry. Your provisional ballots will be sealed inside a special envelope and not put through the voting device.

    After election day, County Election Board officials will review the information you provided on the affidavit and if it matches your voter registration information they will count your ballot. If the information you provided does not match your voter registration information your vote will be rejected.

    Oregon

    Oregon has a vote by mail process. Instead of using traditional polling places where voters go to cast ballots on Election Day, a ballot is mailed to each registered voter.

    You will need to sign the return envelope of your ballot. Your signature will be matched with your voter registration card to verify your identity.

    Pennsylvania

    Unless your are a first time voter, you do not need to show any ID to vote a regular ballot on Election Day.

    First time voters are required to show some form of ID, but it does not need to be a photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:

    • Pennsylvania driver's license or PENNDOT ID card
    • ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
    • ID issued by the US Government
    • US Passport
    • US armed Forces ID
    • Student ID
    • Employee ID
    • Confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office
    • Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth that shows name and address
    • Non-photo ID issued by the US Government that shows name and address
    • Firearm permit
    • Current utility bill that shows name and address
    • Current bank statement that shows name and address
    • Current paycheck that shows name and address
    • Government check that shows name and address

    All voters may be asked to show ID at the polls, however, you cannot be stopped from voting a regular ballot if you do not provide a valid ID.

     

    Rhode Island

    Voters must show a photo ID at the polls. Acceptable IDs include:

    • RI driver's license
    • U.S. passport
    • ID card issued by an educational institution in the United States
    • U.S. military identification card
    • ID card issued by the U.S. government or State of Rhode Island like a RIPTA bus pass
    • Government-issued medical card
    • RI Voter ID

    Registered voters who don't have an acceptable current and valid photo ID can get a free Voter ID the Secretary of State office in Providence during normal business hours. To find more information on where to get a free Voter ID and for information on how to get a Voter ID visit the Secretary of State website

    No eligible voter will be turned away at the polls. Voters who do not bring an acceptable ID to their polling place can vote using a standard Provisional Ballot. The ballot will be counted if the signature they give at the polling place matches the signature on their voter registration.

    South Carolina

    You will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs on Election Day:

    • South Carolina Driver's License
    • ID Card Issued by South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
    • South Carolina Voter Registration Card with Photo
    • Federal Military ID
    • U.S. Passport

    If you do not have one of the above photo IDs, you can get one for free by:

    • Registered voters can get a voter registration card with a photo from their county voter registration and elections office by providing their date of birth and the last four digits of their Social Security number.
    • Get a DMV ID card at a local DMV office. To see what documentation is required click here.

    If you do not have a photo ID on Election Day you may be able to vote a provisional ballot after showing your non-photo voter registration card. You must have a reasonable impediment to obtaining a photo ID in order to vote the provisional ballot. Reasonable impediments include:

    • Religious objection to being photographed
    • Disability or illness
    • Work schedule
    • Lack of transportation
    • Lack of birth certificate
    • Family responsibilities
    • Any other obstacle you find reasonable

    To vote under the reasonable impediment exception:

    • Present your current, non-photo registration card at the polling place
    • Sign an affidavit stating why you cannot obtain a photo ID
    • Cast a provisional ballot that will be counted unless the county election commission has reason to believe your affidavit is false.

    If you do not have a photo ID and do not have a reasonable impediment to obtaining one, or you forgot to bring it with you to the polls, you may still vote a provisional ballot. However, for your vote to be counted you must provide one of the photo IDs to the county election commission prior to certification of the election (usually the Thursday or Friday after the election).

    South Dakota

    You must show one of the following forms of ID at the polls when you go to vote:

    • A South Dakota driver's license or non-driver ID card
    • A passport or an identification card, including a picture, issued by an agency of the U.S. government
    • A tribal identification card, including a picture
    • US Government photo ID
    • US Armed Forces ID
    • Student photo ID from a South Dakota high school
    • A current ID that includes a picture, issued by an accredited institution of higher education, including a university, college, or technical school, located within South Dakota

    If you do not have a photo ID, you can sign a personal ID affidavit.

    Tennessee

    A photo ID is required when you vote. All voters must present an ID containing the voter's name and photograph when voting at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day. Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:

    • Tennessee drivers license with your photo
    • United States Passport
    • Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
    • Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
    • United States Military photo ID
    • State-issued handgun carry permit with your photo

    IDs that are not acceptable:

    • College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the federal or Tennessee state government

    Who is exempt?

    • Voters who vote absentee by mail
    • Voters who are residents of a licensed nursing home or assissted living center and who vote at the facility
    • Voters who are hospitalized
    • Voters with a religious objection to being photographed
    • Voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee

    If you do not have a photo ID you may obtain a free photo ID from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security at a driver service center. You will need proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate), two proofs of Tenessee residency (such as a voter registration card, utility bill, vehicle registration/title, or bank statement), and if your name differs from that on your primary ID, proof of the changed name (such as a certified marriage certificate, divorce decree, certified court order, etc.). If you do not have a photo on your driver's license and no other form of valid photo ID, you may visit a driver service center to have your photo added to your license for free upon request.

    If you do not bring a valid photo ID to the polling place you may vote a provisional ballot. You will then have two business days after Election Day to return to the election commission office to show a valid ID.

    For more information visit the Tennessee Secretary of State website.

    Texas

    You will be required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling location before you will be permitted to cast a vote.

    • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
    • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
    • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
    • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
    • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
    • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
    • United States passport

    With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.

    Your photo Identification card does not have to have your current address. The new photo ID requirement makes no determination on voter address matching criteria; therefore, there is no address matching requirement.

    Your name on the ID and the name on the registration do not necessarily need to match exactly. As long as the names are substantially similar, the voter will only have to affirm they are the same person who is registered before voting a normal ballot. Similar but non-matching names might be because of the use of nicknames, suffixes and changes of name due to marriage or divorce.

    If you are not exempt (addressed below) and you do not have any of the above valid photo IDs, you may cast a provisional ballot at the polls. In order for the provisional ballot to count, you must visit the voter registrar's office within six calendar days of the election to either present one of the above forms of ID or submit one of the temporary affidavits (addressed below) in the presence of the county voter registrar while attesting to the fact that you do not have any of the required photo IDs.

    Exemption/Exceptions:

    Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption. The application must contain written documentation from either the U.S. Social Security Administration evidencing you have been determined to have a disability, or from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs evidencing a disability rating of at least 50 percent. In addition, you must state that you have no valid form of photo identification. Those who obtain a disability exemption will be allowed to vote by presenting a voter registration certificate reflecting the exemption. Please contact your voter registrar for more details.

    Voters who have a consistent religious objection to being photographed and voters who do not have any valid form of photo identification as a result of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor, may vote a provisional ballot, appear at the voter registrar’s office within six (6) calendar days after election day, and sign an affidavit swearing to the religious objection or natural disaster, in order for your ballot to be counted. Please contact your county voter registrar for more details.

    If you vote by mail you do not need a photo Identification. The new requirement does not change the process for voting by mail. However, only specific reasons entitle a registered voter to vote early by mail (no longer called absentee voting). You may request a ballot by mail if you:

    • will be away from your county on Election Day and during early voting;
    • are sick or disabled;
    • are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or
    • are confined in jail.

    You can get a formal application for a ballot by mail from:

    The Secretary of State’s office

    The Early Voting Clerk in your county; or

    Download an application for a ballot by mail here.

    For more details please go to the Texas Secretary of State voting site

    Utah

    In order to vote in Utah you need a valid voter ID. This is either a form of ID that has your name and photo or two forms of ID that have your name and proof of residence. Accepted forms of ID include:

    • A current, valid Utah driver's license
    • A current, valid ID card issued by the state or a branch, department, or agency of the United States
    • A current, valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon
    • A current, valid US passport
    • A valid tribal ID card, whether or not the card includes a photo of the voter

    Or, provide two forms of the following:

    • A current utility bill or copy dated within 90 days before the election
    • A bank or other financial account statement, or a copy
    • A certified birth certificate
    • A valid Social Security card
    • A check issued by the state or federal government or a copy
    • A current, valid Utah hunting or fishing license
    • A paycheck from the voter's employer, or a copy
    • A current, valid US military ID card
    • Certified naturalization documents (not a green card)
    • A certified copy of court records showing the voter's adoption or name change
    • A bureau of Indian Affairs card
    • A tribal treaty card
    • A valid Medicaid or Medicare or Electronic Benefits Transfer card
    • A current, valid ID card issued by a local government within the state
    • A current, valid ID card issued by an employer
    • A current, valid ID card issued by a college, university, technical school or professional school within the state
    • A current Utah vehicle registration
    Vermont

    First-time voters that registered by mail and did not provide verification are required to show identification at the polls.

    Virginia

    As of July 1, 2014 voters must show one of the following forms of photo ID at the polls:

    • Virginia Driver's License or other photo ID issued by Virginia
    • US Passport
    • Any government-issued photo ID card (issued by the US Government, Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth)
    • Student ID that has a photograph and that was issued by any institution of higher learning in Virginia
    • Employee ID card that has a photograph and that was issued by the employer in the ordinary course of business
    • Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran's ID card

    For a more detailed list of acceptable IDs, click here.

    Please note:

    • Your address on your photo ID does not have to match the address on your voter registration
    • You can use an ID that does not have an expiration date, but if your ID does have an expiration date, it cannot be used if it expired more than 12 months before the election

    If you do not have a photo ID you can get a free voter identification card from any county registrar, whichever is most convenient for you. You will need to fill out the Voter Photo Identification Application, get your photo taken and give the registrar your electronic signature. Your photo ID card will be mailed within 7-10 days.

    If you apply for a photo ID card less than 21 days before the next election, you will receive a temporary ID in the registrar's office that is valid for 30 days. You will still receive your permanent ID through the mail. 

    Washington

    ID is only required if you use an audiovisual unit at a voting center. Acceptable forms of ID for voting include:

    • Photo ID, such as a driver's license, state ID card, student ID card, or tribal ID card
    • Voter registration card
    • Utility Bill
    • Bank statement
    • Paycheck
    • Government check
    • Other government document

    A voter who does not have ID may vote a provisional ballot.

    West Virginia

    If you registered by mail, you will have to take a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a current document with your updated name and address the first time you vote.

    Wisconsin

    ID is NOT required unless you are a first time voter who registered by mail and did not provide proof of identification with your application.

    Wyoming

    No form of identification (including a registration card,) needs to be shown at the polls when voting. You are only required to show identification when registering to vote.

    Wyoming allows qualified voters to register at the polls on Election Day by bringing an acceptable form of ID to the polls:

    • Wyoming driver's license
    • A different state's driver's license
    • An ID card issued by a local, state or federal agency
    • A U.S. passport
    • School ID
    • Military ID

    You can also show two of the following in any combination:

    • Certification of U.S. citizenship
    • Certificate of naturalization
    • Draft record
    • Voter registration card from another state or county
    • Original or certified copy of a birth certificate bearing an official seal
    • Certification of birth abroad issued by the department of state
    • Any other form of identification issued by an official agency

    Absentee Ballot Process

    Alabama

    The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is five days prior to an election. Ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election or can be hand delivered by 5:00 pm on Election Day.

    For statewide elections, absentee ballot applications and completed absentee ballots should be hand delivered or mailed to the absentee election manager in care of the circuit clerk for your county.

    If you vote an absentee ballot you muct submit a copy of a valid photo ID. If you are entitled to vote abesentee through the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, or any other federal law, you are not required to show the photo ID when voting absentee.

    Absentee Voting Eligibility

    You may cast an absentee ballot if you:

    • Will be absent from the county on Election Day
    • Are ill or have a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place
    • Are a registered Alabama voter living outside the county, such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person
    • Are an appointed election office or poll watcher at a polling place other than your regular polling place
    • You are working a required shift of ten hours or more that coincides with polling hours

    Business and medical emergency voting applications can be made after the absentee deadline, but no later than 5:00 pm on the day before the election, if you:

    • Are required by an employer under unforeseen circumstances to be out of the county on Election Day for an emergency business trip
    • Have a medical emergency requiring treatment from a licensed physician

    In addition to application information outlined in the next section, the business emergency application contains an affidavit acknowledging that you were not aware of the out-of-county business trip prior to the normal absentee ballot deadline. The medical emergency application requires that the attending physician describe and certify the circumstances as constituting an emergency.

    To obtain an absentee ballot, write or visit the local absentee election manager at your local circuit clerk. You will need to provide the following information:

    • Name and residential address (or other information to verify voter registration)
    • Election for which the ballot is requested
    • Reason for absence from polls on Election Day
    • Party choice for primary elections
    • Address to which the ballot should be mailed
    • Voter signature (if a mark is made in place of a signature, it must be witnessed)

    Upon receiving the absentee ballot application, the absentee election manager may request additional evidence on the reason for voting absentee if you have a history of absentee voting. The absentee ballot applications must turned in no later than the fifth day before the election.

    If the absentee ballot application is approved, the absentee election manager forwards the absentee ballot by U.S. Mail, or personally hands the absentee ballot to the voter (or to a designee in the case of emergency voting).

    Ballot Receipt/Return

    The absentee ballot can not be counted unless the affidavit is notarized or has the signatures of two witnesses.

    The absentee ballot comes with three envelopes: one plain (the secrecy envelope), one with an affidavit or oath, printed on the outside, and one plain envelope, preaddressed (the outer envelope). Once you cast the ballot, the procedure is as follows:

    • Seal the ballot in the plain envelope
    • Place the plain envelope inside the accompanying affidavit envelope
    • Seal the affidavit envelope and complete the affidavit that is on the outside of the envelope
    • Sign the affidavit and have the signature witnessed by either a notary public or two witnesses 18 years of age or older
    • Place the affidavit envelope AND a copy of voter identification inside the outer envelope
    • Remember to place a copy of your I.D. (NOT THE ORIGINAL) inside the outer envelope

    Two legal ways to return the absentee ballot:

    • By U.S. mail
    • Personally hands the absentee ballot to the absentee election manager (or delivers by a designee in case of emergency absentee voting)

    Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

    Absentee ballot that is returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day prior to the election and received by the Absentee Election Manager no later than noon on election day. If it is hand delivered, the ballot must be in the office of the Absentee Election Manager by the close of business (no later than 5 pm) on the day prior to the election.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and requestan absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Alaska

    If you are unable to vote in Alaska on Election Day, you can vote absentee:

    • In person (available 15 days before an election)
    • By mail (deadline for applying is 10 days before an election)
    • By fax (available 15 days before an election)

    Absentee ballot applications are available and can be requested and turned in anytime for each calendar year. The application deadline is 10 days prior to the election. You can request a ballot for a specific election or for all elections in the year. To receive an absentee ballot by mail, you must first send an application in order for your voter registration to be verified. One you have submitted your absentee ballot, you can verify your status by using your Secretary of State's tool.

    Send your application to the Division of Elections, Absentee Voting Office, 619 Ship Creek Ave, Suite 329, Anchorage, AK 99501-1677, phone is 907-375-6400, fax 907-375-6480, akabsentee@gov.state.ak.us.

    Apply early to receive your ballot in time. Regular absentee ballots are mailed approximately one to two weeks before an election. If your absentee ballot is to be sent to a remote area of Alaska and you will be there 60 days before or during an election, you may request a special advance ballot on this site.

    A special advance ballot will be mailed approximately 60 days before the election up until 32 days before the election. A regular ballot will also be mailed when available. Vote and return both ballots to make sure one is received. If both are received, only the regular ballot will be counted. Vote your ballot, have your signature witnessed on the envelope and mail it by Election Day.

    If you have questions about your absentee ballot application, you should contact the absentee voting office at (907) 375-6400.

    Absentee Voting by fax should be your last alternative to casting your ballot. By using this method to return your voted ballot, you need to be aware that you are voluntarily waiving your right to a secret ballot. You must apply separately for each election. You must submit your request no later than 5:00 pm the day before Election Day. If you are returning your ballot by fax, it must be voted, witnessed and received by the appropriate fax in the absentee voting office by 8:00 pm on Election Day.

    If you are a qualified voter who is disabled, you may apply for an absentee ballot through a personal representative who can bring the ballot to you. A personal representative can be anyone over 18, except a candidate for office in the election, your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your union. Ballots are available 15 days before the primary, general or statewide special election at any regional elections office.

    The personal representative brings the completed application to an election official for a ballot and takes the ballot to you. You complete a certificate authorizing the personal representative to carry your ballot, vote the ballot privately, place it in a secrecy sleeve and seal it inside the envelope provided. The personal representative brings the voted ballot back to the election official by 8:00 pm on Election Day.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Arizona

     

    Fill out your absentee ballot request here.

    There is no excuse required to use an absentee ballot in Arizona. Arizona allows the federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB) to be used in a primary, general or special election where federal offices will be elected. In order to be eligible to use the FWAB, the county recorder must receive your request for a regular early ballot before 7:00 pm on Election Day and you must not have received that ballot.

    A FWAB will not be counted if the application for the regular early ballot is received after 7:00 pm on Election Day or if your regular early ballot is received by the county recorder by 7:00 pm on Election Day.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Voter Foundation.

    Arkansas

    To be qualified to vote an absentee ballot, you must meet one of the following criteria:

    • You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on Election Day (the law does not require you to give a reason)
    • You will be unable to attend your polling site on election day due to illness or physical disability
    • You are a member of the U.S. armed forces, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependent family member
    • A U.S. citizen domiciled in Arkansas but temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States

    You can obtain an application for an absentee voting ballot from your county clerk who may mail or fax you an application, or you can fill out an absentee ballot request form here. You may also request an application in person at your county clerk's office. On the application, there is a reference to a designated bearer. This is anyone chosen by you to pick up or deliver your ballot. On the application, there is a reference to an agent and an authorized agent. This means if you are a hospital patient or a resident in a long-term care facility, then an administrator of the facility may assist you in the absentee voting process. This person must file an affidavit with the local county clerk to become your authorized agent.

    The deadline to submit your absentee ballot is dependent upon on your method for submitting the application back to the county clerk:

    • In person by you: close of business the day before the election
    • By designated bearer: close of business the day before the election
    • By mail or by fax: 7 days before the election
    • By authorized agent: 1:30 pm on Election Day

    Note: The law does not prohibit county clerks from mailing absentee ballot applications during the seven days prior to an election. However, if you receive the application during that window, you or your chosen bearer must deliver it personally to the county clerk. You can receive your application for absentee ballot by picking it up in person, receiving it by mail, or by allowing a bearer to pick it up (an administrator, authorized agent or designated bearer.) The law only specifies a time window for designated bearers. They may pick up your ballot no earlier than 15 days before a preferential or general election and no earlier than 7 days before a runoff. You should pick up your ballot based on the ability to deliver it back to the county clerk on time. Again, to submit your ballot the deadline depends on your method of delivery:

    • In person by you: close of business the day before the election
    • By mail: by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day
    • By designated bearer: 7:30 p.m. on Election Day
    • By authorized agent: 7:30 p.m. on Election Day

    Separate applications for absentee ballots are needed for every election. You must submit a new application for each election cycle. If you reside outside your county of registration (such as students or military voters,) are disabled or reside in a care facility, you will receive applications through the next two regularly scheduled general elections for federal office, including any runoff elections which may occur as a result of the outcome of the general election. You must indicate this preference on the application itself.

    Voter ID Needed for Absentee Voting:

    If you are voting absentee, you must provide a copy of one of the following forms of ID:

    • Valid photo ID (drivers license, passport)
    • Utility Bill
    • Bank Statement
    • Government check
    • Paycheck
    • Other government document that shows your name and address

    You do not need to provide ID when voting absentee if you are:

    • A uniformed service member or merchange marine on active duty who is absent from the county because of active duty or service
    • The spouse or dependent of a uniformed service member or merchange marine, who is away from the county due to the active duty or service of the uniformed service member or merchant marine
    • Residents of a long-term care or residential care facility. These voters must provide a letter or other document from the facility's administrator that the voter is a resident of the facility

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    California

    Any registered voter may Vote By Mail. You use one of the following methods to vote by mail:

    • Applying in writing to your county election official
    • Completing the absentee ballot application that is included in your sample ballot, which your county elections official will mail to you prior to each election
    • Downloading and completing an vote-by-mail application on-line.

    Elections officials process applications 29 days to 7 days before an election. You may request an absentee ballot more than 29 days before an election, but not fewer than 7 days in advance.

    Absentee ballots must be received by the elections official no later than the close of polls (8:00 pm) on Election Day.You may return your absentee ballot by returning it in person or by mail to your county election official or in person to any polling place in your county or by end of polls closing on Election Day. If, because of illness or physical disability, you are unable to return the ballot yourself, you may designate a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, sibling, or a person residing in the same household to return the ballot to the elections official or precinct board at any polling place within the jurisdiction.

    Permanent Absentee Voting (PAV)

    Any registered voter may apply for permanent absentee voter status. If you are a permanent absentee voter, you will automatically receive an absentee ballot for each election. To become a permanent absentee voter, you must complete an application, which is available from your county election official.

    If you complete an application to become a permanent absentee voter, you will retain this status as long as you vote in all statewide primary and general elections. If you fail to cast a ballot in two consecutive statewide general elections, you will be removed from the permanent absent voter list and will need to reapply in order to restore status.

    Late Absentee Ballot Requests

    If, in the seven days before the election, you find you will not be able to vote in person on Election Day, you may still request an absentee ballot. You must make a written request, signed under penalty of perjury, and deliver it, either in person or by someone you designate, to your county election official.

    According to California Elections laws, individuals, organizations and groups may distribute absentee ballot applications; however, they must use the uniform format as specified in the California Elections Code. A copy of the application form is available on your state's website.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Colorado

    You can fill out an absentee ballot request form here.

    If you wish to have an absentee ballot mailed to you, the application must be received by the county clerk's office by close of business on the seventh day preceding Election Day. Absentee ballots may be obtained in person at the county clerk's office until close of business on the Friday preceding Election Day. Absentee Ballots will be mailed 22 days prior to Election Day or thereafter within 3 days of the county clerk receiving a request for an absentee ballot. You should allow 7-10 days to receive your mail-in ballot. In order for the absentee ballot to be counted it must be returned to the county clerk's office by 7:00 pm on Election Day.

    In the that event your original absentee ballot is not received, or if it is spoiled, you may request a replacement absentee ballot. Contact your your county clerk's election office for additional information about obtaining a replacement absentee ballot. You can also confirm your voter registration information and check the status of your mail ballot online.

    If you request an absentee ballot and lose it, or for some reason are not able to vote with it, you may vote during early voting or on Election Day. When you vote, you will be provided a provisional ballot, and you must affirm that you requested an absentee ballot and did not and will not vote it.

    The change of residence section should be used only if you have moved within your county and will have lived at the new residence address at least 30 days prior to the election for which you are requesting an absentee ballot. If your residence address has changed from one Colorado county to another, you must register to vote with your new residence county prior to applying for an absentee ballot.

    If you are a first time voter who registers by mail to vote in Colorado, you are required to submit one of the forms of identification (listed below) with your application. If you have not already done so, you must also submit a copy of one of these forms of identification when you return your absentee ballot application. DO NOT include original documents with the application. Please submit a copy of one of the following forms of identification:

    • A valid Colorado driver's license
    • A valid Colorado Department of Revenue ID card
    • A valid pilot's license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration
    • A valid U.S. Military ID card with photograph
    • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
    • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate
    • Certified documentation of naturalization
    • A valid U.S. passport
    • A valid employee identification with a photograph issued by the U.S. government, Colorado state government, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of the state
    • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address. A cable bill, telephone bill or documentation from a Colorado public institution of higher education containing at least your name, date of birth, and legal residence address, or a paycheck from a government institution are also sufficient forms of ID

    Note: Some forms of ID may not contain an address. If your address appears on the identification, the address must be in Colorado.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Connecticut

    You may vote absentee beginning 31 days before an election, 21 days before a primary, 19 days before a referendum. You can fill out an absentee ballot request here. You may also call, e-mail, write or apply in person at your town clerk's office. When the application is completed, it must be returned to your town clerk's office, which will then issue you the absentee ballot and required enclosure envelopes. The sealed marked ballot and signed outer envelope must reach the town clerk's office before the close of the polls on Election Day.

    You may vote by absentee ballot if you expect to be unable to appear at your polling place during the hours of voting due to one of the following reasons:

    • You will be absent from town during all the hours of voting
    • Illness
    • Physical disability
    • Religion tenets that forbid secular (non-religious) activity on Election Day
    • Your required performance of duties as a primary, referendum, or election official at a polling place other than your own during all the hours on Election Day

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Delaware

    To vote absentee, you must submit an affidavit to request a ballot and swear or affirm that you are unable to go to your regular polling place during the election. The affidavit can be obtained by phoning or writing the Department of Elections in your county or by downloading it from the Delaware Secretary of State website. Facsimile transmissions of affidavits are acceptable, but actual ballots will not be faxed or e-mailed to you. In some cases the affidavit (but not the ballot) must be notarized.

    Requests for affidavits that require notarization:

    • Work: The nature of your business or occupation, including students living out of county of their residence
    • Vacation
    • Religion: The tenets or teaching of your religion preclude voting on Election Day
    • Public Service: Your service to the United States or to the State of Delaware prevents you from going to your polling place. Spouses or dependents of the person in service also qualify.
    • Illness
    • Disability: You are permanently or temporarily disabled
    • Incarceration: you are incarcerated but not a convicted felon

    The absentee ballot is usually mailed out 35 days before a primary and 45 days before a general election. When returning the absentee ballot remember to read all the instructions and to sign and date the voucher and envelope. All absentee ballots must be recieved by noon the day before the election. If it is received after this deadline but before the close of the polls on Election Day then the ballot will only count for federal offices.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    District of Columbia

    You do not need a reason to vote absentee. There are two ways to cast an absentee ballot. You can vote absentee ballot by mail or cast an in-person absentee ballot at the board of elections office.

    You can fill out an absentee ballot request form here.

    You may request a mail absentee ballot in writing up to seven days prior to an election. Your absentee ballot must be postmarked or delivered to the board of elections office on or before Election Day. The return envelope must be signed in order for your vote to be counted.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Florida

    You can fill out an absentee ballot request form here.

    Florida law allows all qualified voters to request an absentee ballot from the Supervisor of Elections. A member of the voter's immediate family or legal guardian may also request an absentee ballot for a voter, if directly instructed to do so by the voter. The request can cover all elections through the next two regularly scheduled general elections. A request for an absentee ballot to be mailed must be made no later than 5 p.m. on the 6th day before an election. Contact your Supervisor of Elections to request an absentee ballot.

    Georgia

    There is no specific deadline for absentee ballot applications to be received. However, no absentee ballots will be issued on the day before, or the day of the election.

    You do not need to provide a reason to request an absentee ballot by mail. You may request an absentee ballot as early as 180 days before an election. Absentee ballots must be received by the county board of registrars by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. No absentee ballots are issued on the day before or the day of an election. You may fill out an absentee ballot request here. The application must be in writing and contain the address to which the ballot is to be mailed, sufficient information to identify you as a voter, and the election in which you wish to vote. If you are physically disabled or living temporarily outside your county of residence, a close relative may apply for an absentee ballot for you. You may vote by absentee ballot in person at the registrars' office, Monday through Friday, the week prior to the election without having to provide a reason.

    A physically disabled or illiterate voter may receive assistance from another voter in the same county or municipality or from the same category of relatives who can make an application for or deliver an absentee ballot. If the voter is outside of the county or municipality, then a notary public can provide such assistance. Any person who assists another person to vote absentee must complete an oath prescribed by law demonstrating the statutory disability and that the ballot was completed as the voter desired. Other than federal elections, no person may assist more than ten voters in a primary, election, or runoff. A candidate on the ballot, or a relative of a candidate on the ballot, may not offer assistance during the election to any voter who is not related to the candidate.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Hawaii

    Any person registered to vote may cast an absentee ballot. If you cannot vote at your polling place for any reason or you will be absent from the state of Hawaii on Election Day, you may vote using an absentee ballot. You may also vote at an absentee walk-in polling place before Election Day; please see Early Voting below for more details.

    To request an absentee ballot by mail, you should complete an absentee ballot request form here. You can also obtain one from:

    • satellite city halls
    • office of the city/county clerks
    • U.S. post offices
    • All public libraries
    • All state agencies

    You can mail or drop off the completed application at the office of the city or county clerk. You will receive your ballot and instructions on how to vote your ballot by mail.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Idaho

    You can fill out an absentee ballot request form here or any registered voter may apply in writing to the County Clerk to receive an absentee ballot. The application must give the name of the elector, residence address in Idaho, and mailing address to which the ballot is to be forwarded. The mail-in application shall be signed personally by the applicant and be received by the County Clerk no later than the sixth day before the election.

    In person voting at the absentee elector's polling place ends at 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election.

    Illinois

    You do not need an excuse to vote absentee in Illinois.

    Steps to request an absentee ballot:

    STEP 1: Obtain the proper application for an absentee ballot, either by mail or in person, from your election authority.

    STEP 2: Upon receipt, complete the application. Make certain to include your name, home address, address where you want the ballot to be mailed, and please remember to sign the application.

    STEP 3: After completing the application, either mail it or hand-deliver it to your election authority. If you return the application in person or complete the application in the election authority's office, you may immediately vote with your absentee ballot in the election authority's office. If you mail the application and it is properly completed, the election authority will mail your absentee ballot to you.

    STEP 4: After receiving your ballot, VOTE THE BALLOT IN SECRET. Insert the ballot into the envelope provided, seal it, complete and sign the certification on the back and PERSONALLY return it or mail it. The absentee voter may authorize, in writing, that a spouse, parent, child, brother, sister, or licensed motor carrier, should deliver the completed absentee ballot to the election authority in sufficient time to be delivered to the polling place on Election Day.

    You can request an absentee ballot by mail from 40 days prior to the election up till 5 days before the election. You can request an absentee ballot in person 40 days before the election up till 1 day before the election. Please contact specific county officials for absentee ballots sent from outside the United States.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot from the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Indiana

    All registered voters in Indiana are eligible to vote absentee-in-person at the county election board office beginning 29 days before Election Day. Please see the 'Early Voting' section below for more information.

    If you wish to have your absentee ballot sent to you by mail or delivered to you by a traveling board, you must be at least one of the following:

    • Having a specific, reasonable expectation that you will be absent from your county of residence on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6:00 am to 6:00 pm)
    • An election official
    • Confined on Election Day due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open
    • A voter with disabilities
    • 65 years of age or older
    • Caretaker of an individual(s) confined to a private residence due to illness or injury and prevented from voting during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open
    • Scheduled to work for the entire 12 hours that the poll is open
    • Prevented from voting due to observing a religious discipline or holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open
    • Participating in the address confidentiality program

    If you are eligible to vote absentee, you must fill out the absentee voting application. You must submit your application for an absentee ballot at least eight days before the election. If you are a confined voter or a voter caring for a confined individual, there are other deadlines and requirements that apply.

    Iowa

    Applications for absentee ballots can be obtained online in a PDF format, or mailed upon request from the Secretary of State. You can also request a ballot by mailing the application to the county auditor/commissioner of elections in the county where you are registered.

    The request form must be received in the county auditor's office by 5 pm on the Friday before the election. If the request is received so late that it is unlikely the absentee ballot can be returned by mail in time to be considered for counting, the county auditor will enclose a statement to that effect with the absentee ballot.

    After receiving the request form, the county auditor will mail the voter a ballot. For primary and general elections, the ballots are mailed no later than 40 days before election day. For other elections, ballots are mailed to voters as soon as they are ready. The county auditor will include instructions on how to mark the ballot as well as how to return the ballot.

    You can return your voted absentee ballot by mail. The ballot must be postmarked by the Monday before election day or earlier and received in the county auditor's office no later than the Monday following the election. Voted absentee ballots cannot be delivered to the polling place on election day. If you have not returned your absentee ballot on election day, you have the following options:

    • Deliver your voted absentee ballot to the county auditor's office before the polls close on election day
    • Surrender your voted absentee ballot at the polls and vote a regular ballot
    • Vote a provisional ballot at the polls if you cannot surrender your voted absentee ballot
    Kansas

    To vote by mail, follow these instructions:

    • Complete the application for an advance ballot
    • Provide either your driver's license number on the ballot application or a copy of your photo ID document with your application
    • Return the application to your county election office before the registration deadline for the next election
    • The ballot will be mailed to you. Complete and return your ballot to your county election office by mail for the next election
    • All ballots must be received in the county election office by the close of the polls on Election Day
    • You may request assistance in applying for and casting an advance voting ballot
    Kentucky

    You can obtain an absentee ballot through your county clerk's office or fill out an absentee ballot request form here. To qualify for a mail-in absentee ballot, you must fulfill one of the following criteria:

    • Be of advanced age
    • Have a disability or illness
    • Be a student who temporarily resides outside the county
    • Temporarily reside outside of Kentucky (perhaps on vacation)
    • Be incarcerated but not yet convicted
    • Have a profession that takes you out of the county during the hours the polls are open
    • Be a military personnel confined to a military base on election day

    The deadline for applying for a mail-in absentee ballot is seven days before an election. The completed application must be received by the county clerk by mail or in person by the seven day deadline. The absentee ballot must be received in the county clerk's office by 6:00 pm on Election Day for the ballot to be counted.

    You can apply for a medical emergency absentee ballot if a medical emergency occurs within 14 days before an election. The spouse of the voter can also apply for an absentee ballot.

    You may request an application for an absentee ballot through county clerk's office in person, by phone, by mail or by fax. Also, the voter's spouse, parent or child can request an application for a mail-in absentee ballot.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Louisiana

    You must have a reason to vote by mail, unless you are a military or overseas citizen (please see below for more information for military and overseas voting). There are 12 reasons to vote by mail:

    • You are a senior citizen 65 years of age or older
    • You are a home or a nursing home or veterans' home resident and you have been previously approved for the Disability program, or you are disabled, homebound or a nursing or veterans' home resident and you are submitting current proof of disability with your application. For more information on the Disability Program, click here.
    • A student, instructor, or professor (or spouse or dependents of the following,) in an institution of higher learning located outside the parish.
    • A minister, priest, rabbi, or clergy (or spouse or dependents of the following,) assigned to a religious post outside the parish.
    • A person who is or who expects to be temporarily outside the territorial limits of the state or absent from the parish during early voting and on Election Day.
    • A person who has moved after the registration books closed (30 days prior to an election) to another parish and the new residence is more than 100 miles from the parish of former residence.
    • A sequestered jury member.
    • A person who expects to be hospitalized on Election Day and did not have such knowledge until after early voting week passed.
    • A person who expects to be hospitalized on Election Day and who was hospitalized during early voting.
    • A person who was hospitalized and released prior to an election but who is either hospitalized or restricted to bed during early voting and on Election Day.
    • A person who by virtue of employment or occupation expects to be out of their precinct during early voting and on Election Day.
    • You are involuntarily confined in an institution for mental treatment outside your parish of registration and you are not interdicted and not judically declared incompetent.

    To request normal absentee ballots by mail, you must complete and return a request for absentee ballot indicating the reason you are not able to vote in person absentee or in person on Election Day.

    You may request an absentee ballot as early as 60 days prior to the election.

    Timeline to request an absentee ballot by mail

    • Military Personnel: Anytime before 4:30pm on the day before election day
    • US Citizens residing outside the US: Anytime beofre 4:30pm on the day before election day
    • Hospitalization: By 4:30pm on the day before election day
    • All others: Anytime before 4:30pm on the 4th day before election day

    Deadlines for returning your voted ballots

    • Military Personnel: By 8pm on election day
    • US citizens residing outside the US: By 8pm on election day
    • Hospitalization: By 8pm on election day
    • All others: By 4:30pm on the day before election day

    You are entitled to receive assistance while absentee voting if you are unable to read or unable to vote without assistance because of a physical handicap, including blindness. You may choose who assists you as long as they are not a candidate, employer, employer's agent or your union agent.

    Displaced voters can vote by mail or vote early in person at the registrar of voters office of their parish, or on election day at their precinct. Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Maine

    Any registered voter may cast an absentee ballot instead of voting in person at the polling place on Election Day. You do not need to have a specific reason or be unable to vote at the polls on Election Day to receive an absentee ballot.

    To cast an absentee vote:

    Absentee ballots may be requested beginning 3 months before Election Day. Make your request early to allow enough time for the ballot to be mailed to you. You can make a telephone request for your own ballot, which will be mailed to the address you provide to the clerk.

    Additionally, you can obtain a ballot for an immediate family member in this same way. A ballot will be mailed directly to you or to an immediate family member making the request. Your municipal clerk can tell you who is considered immediate family under the law. Ballots obtained by the voter or an immediate family member do not require witnesses, unless the voter receives assistance from another person in reading or marking the ballot. You may make a written request for a third person (someone other than you or your immediate family member) to obtain and hand-deliver an absentee ballot. You must designate, in a written request or application, the specific third person who will handle and deliver the ballot. Only this designated third person may handle the absentee ballot. Ballots cast in this way must be witnessed by either a notary public, a municipal clerk, a clerk of courts, or two other witnesses.

    To be counted, voted absentee ballots must be received by the municipal clerk before the polls are closed on Election Day.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Maryland

    Any registered voter can vote absentee. You can obtain an absentee ballot by filling out the absentee ballot application. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is usually seven days before an election. However to find out exact dates please contact local board of elections

    After you receive your ballot, vote the ballot and return it to your county board of elections on or before 8:00 pm on Election Day. A ballot received by the county board of elections will be counted provided it has been received by 8:00 pm on Election Day or it was mailed before Election Day, bearing a postmark verifying that fact, and the ballot is received from the postal service or private mail carrier on the second Friday after the election. You must remember to affirm on the oath that is returned with your voted ballot that you will be absent or unable to vote in person in the election. If you will not be absent or are able to vote in person in the election, you should not complete and submit this form and should plan on voting at your polling place on election day.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Massachusetts

    You may vote by absentee ballot if you:

    • Will be absent from your city or town on Election Day
    • Have a physical disability that prevents your voting at the polling place
    • Cannot vote at the polls due to religious beliefs

    You must be registered in order to vote absentee. You can fill out an absentee ballot request here. Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation. To register for an absentee ballot, you must apply in writing to the city or town clerk or election commission, either in a letter or by filling out an application form. You must include your:

    • Name
    • Address as registered
    • during a primary the the party you want to vote for
    • Ward and precinct (if you know them)
    • Address where you wish the absentee ballot sent
    • Your signature

    You can also receive an application form at your local election office or download the application online.

    You can also download an absentee voting application in English or Spanish and mail it into your town clerks' office. Either way, the application must be filled out in writing and signed. If you are both applying and voting in person, the deadline for applying for an absentee ballot is 12:00 pm on the day before an election. Absentee ballots are generally available three weeks before an election.

    If you wish to vote by absentee ballot for more than one election in a year, you may fill out one application and request that ballots for all elections during that calendar year be sent to you.

    Note: If your address changes within a calendar year you must submit a new application for an absentee ballot.

    If you are permanently disabled, you may file a doctor's letter with the local election office which states that you are permanently unable to vote at the polls due to a physical disability. The local election office will automatically mail you an application for an absentee ballot for all elections in a calendar year. You must sign the application and send it back to your local election official. Call your local election official for information about how to register to vote at home or to request that a mail-in registration form be sent to you.

    Your absentee ballot must be sealed and returned in the brown envelope that was sent with the ballot. You must sign the brown envelope in the designated place and place it in the white envelope with green trim that also came with the absentee ballot. Your ballot does not have to be witnessed and if you cannot mark your absentee ballot, you may ask any person to help you. The helper must print his or her name and your name on the brown envelope, write the reason you needed help and then sign his or her name as the assisting person.

    If you are in a nursing home you are able to vote by absentee ballot as long as you are not under a court ordered guardianship which specifically prohibits voting. If you are a patient in a nursing home, you must be a registered voter in order to vote by absentee ballot and must fill out an absentee ballot application. If the clerk designates a health care facility in writing 28 days before the election, the ballot must be hand-delivered to such facility by a registrar. If the you state that you have entered a hospital after 12:00 pm on the fifth day before the election the ballot may be hand-delivered to you; otherwise, the ballot should be mailed to the you at the facility. Consult the administration of the nursing home for further instructions.

    Michigan

    As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee ballot if you are:

    • 60 years old or older
    • Unable to vote without assistance at the polls
    • Expecting to be out of town on Election Day
    • In jail awaiting arraignment or trial
    • Unable to attend due to religious reasons
    • Appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence

    A person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are handicapped or voters who are 60 years of age or older.

    Requests to have an absentee ballot mailed to you must be submitted to your local clerk no later than 2:00 pm the Saturday before the election. You can also fill out an absentee ballot request form here.

    If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death, prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may request an emergency absentee voter ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absentee ballots has passed, but before 4:00 pm on Election Day. The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absentee ballot. Your local clerk will have more information about emergency absentee voter ballots.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Minnesota

    There is no specific deadline to request an absentee ballot. Ballots are available 46 days before an election

    Completed mail ballots must be received by your county auditor no later than the day before Election Day. Any voter may vote absentee in any election they choose.

    With absentee voting, you can vote either in person before Election Day at a location designated by your county elections official, online or by mail. You must submit a written application to your county auditor. Call your county auditor for details. To vote by mail, submit the absentee ballot application form to your county auditor. The ballot will then be mailed directly to you.

    You do not need to be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot. A voter registration application will be included in the materials. You must show your witness an accepted proof of residence when registering.

    To find out where your absentee ballot is in the process, please use your state's absentee ballot lookup.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Mississippi

    You are eligible to vote absentee if you are a duly qualified and registered voter who will be absent from your county of residence on Election Day or are:

    • A disabled war veteran who is a patient in any hospital and a citizen of Mississippi
    • A citizen of Mississippi temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia
    • An employee engaged in interstate transportation
    • A student, teacher or administrator
    • An employee engaged in offshore employment, or as an employee on a vessel or other watercraft
    • An employee, businessperson, professional, tradesman or worker required to be over 50 miles away from the county of residence on election day due to employment
    • A person with a temporary or permanent physical disability
    • 65 years of age or older
    • A parent, spouse or dependent of a person with a temporary or permanent disability hospitalized more than 50 miles from home county and with such person Election Day
    • A member of a congressional delegation

    Please check with your voter registrar to determine if you are entitled to vote absentee and to learn the procedures for doing so. You can fill out an absentee ballot request form here.

    U.S. military personnel and overseas citizens can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Missouri

    Absentee voting begins six weeks prior to an election for registered voters. You may vote by absentee ballot if you fulfill one of the following criteria:

    • You will be absent on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which you are registered to vote
    • You are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability
    • You are the primary caretaker for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability
    • Your religious beliefs or practice prevent you from voting on Election Day
    • You are employed as an election authority, as a member of an election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than your polling place
    • You are incarcerated (provided all qualifications for voting are retained)

    You can request absentee ballots from your local election authority in person or by mail or fax. Mailed in or faxed absentee ballot requests should be submitted to the appropriate local election authority. Relatives within the first degree (parents and children,) may complete an absentee ballot application, in person, on behalf of the voter who wishes to vote absentee. Do not send absentee ballot applications to the secretary of state's office. They must be sent to the local election authority to be valid.

    Mail-in or faxed absentee ballot requests must be received by the election authority no later than the 5:00 pm on the Wednesday prior to any election. If you have registered to vote by mail and are voting absentee the first time you vote, you are required to provide a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot request unless you provided a copy with your voter registration application. Examples of acceptable ID are:

    • Valid Missouri driver's license
    • Valid Missouri non-driver's license
    • Valid U.S. passport
    • Valid military ID

    This identification requirement, as well as the notary requirement for absentee ballots, does not apply to overseas voters, those on active military duty or members of their immediate family living with them or voters who are permanently disabled and their caregivers.

    The election authority must receive all absentee ballots by the close of polls on Election Day in order to be counted.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Oversea Vote Foundation.

    Montana

    If you are a registered voter, you may vote by absentee ballot, even if you are able to vote in person on Election Day. To vote absentee, you must first apply for an absentee ballot. Applications are available during a period beginning 75 days before Election Day and ending at 12:00 pm on the day before the election.You may pick up an application at your local election office or at the secretary of state's Office, or you may call either office and ask to have an application mailed to you. Mail the application or drop it off at your local elections office. Once you have submitted your application, your absentee ballot will be mailed to you, unless you indicate on the application that you would prefer to have someone pick it up for you. Once you have marked your ballot, return it to your local election office before the polls close on Election Day in the secrecy envelope provided.You can track your absentee ballot on your state's website.Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Nebraska

    You can apply for an early voting (formerly known as absentee) ballot by contacting your county clerk in person, by personal agent, by mail or by fax. You can print the early voting application request form from your state's website. To apply for early voting, you should complete the form and then mail or fax it to your county clerk.

    You may also send in a hand-written request. You can obtain an early voting ballot by writing to your county clerk or election commissioner with the following information:

    • Your name and residence address
    • Your political party affiliation
    • Your voting precinct (if known)
    • Your phone number
    • The mailing address you want the ballots sent to
    • Your signature

    All county election offices will accept early voting applications up to 120 days prior to a statewide election. However, regular early voting ballots are not sent out or voted until 35 days before the election. The last day to request an early voting ballot to be mailed is the Wednesday prior to Election Day at 4:00 pm. All early voting ballots whether personally delivered, delivered by agent or delivered by mail or other carriers must arrive by the closing of the polls on Election Day: 8:00 pm central time and 7:00 pm mountain time.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Nevada

    All registered voters may request to vote by mail. To request an absentee ballot, complete the Absentee Ballot Request Form and submit to the County Clerk in the county where you are registered to vote. All absentee ballots must be received by 7pm on Election Day in order to be counted.

    If you are voting for the first time by mail, you must provide a copy of an acceptable form of ID either with your registration application or absentee ballot request form. Accepable forms of ID are:

    • Current Nevada driver's license
    • Current Nevada State ID Card
    • Rent receipt with pre-printed address
    • Bank statement or pre-printed check
    • Credit card statement
    • Car registration or proof of insurance
    • Government document (tax bill, income info.)
    • Current utility bill

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    New Hampshire

    Absentee ballots are avaiable from your town or city clerk approximately 30 days before an election. A person may vote by absentee ballot if:

    • They will be absent from the city/town in which they are qualified to vote on the day of an election
    • You are physically disabled and unable to vote in person
    • You are a member (or a spouse or a dependent of a member) of the uniformed services who will be absent on election day
    • Your observance of a religious commitment prevents you from voting in person
    • You are unable to appear at any time during the polling hours at your polling place because of a work obligation that requres you to remain physically at work or be in transit to or from work from the time the polls open until after the polls close

    To request an absentee ballot, you may download the application. You can also submit a request in writing. You must include all the information that is on the application. Don't forget your name, voting address, mailing address and your signature.

    New Jersey

    In New Jersey, you can vote by absentee ballot for any election. You do not need a reason for an absentee ballot. You may apply for an absentee ballot by completing an absentee ballot application and mailing the application to your county clerk by mail up to 7 days prior to the election.

    You may also apply in person to the county clerk until 3:00 p.m. the day before the election.

    The County Clerk cannot accept faxed copies of an Absentee Ballot Application since an original signature is required.

    If you applied for an absentee ballot and were required to show identification, you should have received a request for identification in your absentee ballot material. The identification requirement, however, does not apply to any absentee voter who receives a ballot because of temporary illness or a temporary or permanent disability or any absentee military or overseas civilian voter.

    Absentee ballots must be received by the Board of Election by the close of the polls on election day.

    If you have any questions, you can call 1-877-NJ-VOTER (1-877-658-6837).

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    New Mexico

    No excuse is required to vote with an absentee ballot. You may request an absentee ballot from any county clerk's office. Any voter or organization may request the New Mexico absentee ballot application by mail, telephone, or in person. However, the information on the form may not be altered or re-arranged. You must complete the application on your own. You can also fill out an absentee ballot request form here.

    The county clerk must receive the New Mexico absentee ballot application no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, before the election. The county clerk must either mail the ballot or notify you with the reason why the application was not accepted, within 24 hours of receipt of the application.

    The county clerk must receive the federal absentee application by facsimile or scanned document no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, before the election.

    If you apply for an absentee ballot and receive it, you must vote that ballot. You will not be issued another ballot if the original ballot is destroyed, discarded or delivered to the polls unvoted. If you apply for, but do not receive the absentee ballot, you may go to the county clerk's office until Monday, before the election and apply for a replacement ballot for the election.

    You may also go to your polling place and vote on a paper ballot, in lieu of an absentee ballot on Election Day. You will be required to sign a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, that you did not receive your ballot.

    A member of your immediate family or your caregiver may hand-deliver your absentee ballot to the county clerk. An unrelated third party may not deliver another voter's absentee ballot. Ballots must be returned to the county clerk or voter's precinct before 7:00 pm on Election Day to be counted.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    New York

    You are eligible for an absentee ballot if:

    • You are unavoidably absent from your county on Election Day
    • Unable to appear at the polls due to illness
    • disability a patient in a Veterans' Administration Hospital
    • Detained in jail awaiting grand jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

    Applications for absentee ballots are available from your county board of elections and the LWV, and may also be available at hospitals, nursing homes, colleges, libraries, senior citizen centers, social service agencies, state government offices and from political parties. The applications can be downloaded from the NYS Board of Elections website or the LWVNYS website.You may also request an absentee ballot by sending a letter to your county board of elections. The letter must be received by your county board no earlier than 30 days and no later than seven days before the election. The letter must contain the following information:

    • The address where you are registered
    • An address where the ballot is to be sent
    • The reason for the request
    • The signature of the voter

    An application form will be mailed with your ballot. The application form must be completed and returned with your ballot. If you cannot pick up your ballot, or will not be able to receive it through the mail, you have the right to designate someone to pick it up for you. Only the person designated on your application may pick up and deliver your ballot. If you are permanently ill or disabled, you have the right to receive an absentee ballot for each subsequent election without further application. You should file an application with your board of elections containing a statement which describes the particulars of your illness or disability. The board will review the facts stated, and if satisfied, will mark your registration record. You will then automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election until your registration is canceled.

    To be counted, an absentee ballot must be postmarked by the day before Election Day and must reach the board of elections no more than seven days after the election. If the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot by mail has passed and you cannot appear at the polls on Election Day because of an accident or sudden illness, then you may send a representative with an authorized letter to receive an absentee ballot application and absentee ballot and return both to the board of elections by 9:00 pm on Election Day at your borough office. You can find your board of elections information at the New York State Board of Elections. If you have further questions, please call the state board of elections at 518-474-6220.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    North Carolina

    No excuses are needed to request a mail-in absentee ballot.

    To receive a mail-in ballot you must complete the State Absentee Ballot Request form. A signed copy of this form must be received by the county board of elections no later than 5pm on the last Tuesday before the election. You can mail, fax, email or hand deliver the form to the county board of elections. Find your county board of elections contact information here.

    When completing the State Absentee Ballot Request Form you must provide your name, address, birthdate, and an identification number (like your North Carolina driver license number, your North Carolina DMV identification card or the last four digits of your social security number). If you do not provide an identification number you must send one of the below in along with your form:

    • A copy of a current and valid photo ID
    • A copy of one of the following documents that shows your name and address: current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document.

    A person other than the voter (a near relative or legal guardian) may fill out the State Absentee Ballot Request form. A near relative is either your spouse, brother, sister, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent or stepchild.

    Once you receive your ballot, you may vote the ballot in the presence of two witnesses (or one witness if the witness is a notary-public). Once voted, you must seal the ballot in the return envelope and complete the information on the back of the return envelope. The witnesses must complete and sign the envelope in the space assigned to them. If someone assists the voter, they must sign and date the certificate as well.

    The voted ballot must be returned no later than 5pm on the night of the election. You may mail or hand deliver the envelope to the board of elections' office. If the ballot is received after 5pm it will only be counted if they are received by mail and have a postmark that is dated on or before the day of the election and they are received by 5pm three days following the election.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    North Dakota

    Absentee voting is easy and available for all voters in North Dakota. Absentee voting related forms include the following:

    Applications for absentee ballots may be delivered to the appropriate county auditor or election official by mail, in person, or by fax. For more information, please consult with your voting assistance officer, the Secretary of State's office, or your county auditor's.

    According to North Dakota law, absentee ballots are to be made available by the 40th day before the election. Absentee ballots must be returned and postmarked by the day before the election.

    To apply for an absentee ballot you must apply for an absent voter's ballot on a form furnished by the proper officer of the county, city, or school district where you generally reside, or on any blank sheet of paper containing the following information:

    • Your name
    • Your most current or most recent ND residential address
    • Your mailing address
    • Your current home telephone number
    • The election for which the ballot is being requested
    • The date of the request
    • An affirmation that you have resided in the precinct for at least 30 days
    • Your signature
    • Proper ID - see "ID Needed for Voting" section for more information

    Some Special Circumstances to consider:

    In North Dakota, you are not required to provide a reason when requesting a ballot to vote absentee.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Ohio

    A qualified Ohio voter does not have to state a reason to vote by an absentee ballot, and a voter with only a Social Security number or an Ohio license number as identification can cast a regular ballot. However, the ballot must be applied for in writing. If you are properly registered to vote, you submit your written request to the board of elections of the county in which your voting residence is located. Your request must contain certain information (discussed below) and your original signature. You may, but are not required to, use the application form prescribed by the Ohio Secretary of State.

    You do not need to submit an official absentee ballot application. You need to request an absentee ballot by written request, and it must contain all of the following information:

    • Your date of birth
    • Your name
    • Your signature
    • The address at which you are registered to vote and your date of birth
    • One of these items showing proof of identification: Ohio driver's license number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, a copy of your current and valid photo ID, military ID, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address
    • A statement identifying the election for which absent voter's ballots are requested
    • A statement that you are a qualified elector
    • If you want the ballots to be mailed, the address to which you want them mailed

    Absentee voting begins 29 days before an election. Absentee ballots must be received before the close of the polls on election day, or postmarked no later than the day before an election and received no later than 10 days after the close of the polls. Once absentee ballots are available for voting, you may either vote in person at the county board of elections office, or receive and return the absentee ballot via U.S. Mail, or overnight delivery services such as FedEx or UPS.

    To receive your absentee ballot:

    • By mail: Unless you are a member of the U.S. armed forces, you must mail your properly completed absentee ballot application bearing your original signature to the board of elections of the county where your voting residence is located. The board must receive your request by noon on the Saturday before the election. However, you should submit your request as far in advance of the election as possible.
    • In person: You may go to the county board of elections office during regular business hours after absentee ballots are available for voting, but no later than the day before the election, and request, receive and immediately vote your ballot at the board office.
    • If you are hospitalized on election day, regardless of where you are hospitalized, you must submit a properly completed and signed request to the board of elections of the county where your voting residence is located by 3:00 pm on Election Day. To be eligible under this provision, you must be confined in a hospital because of an unforeseeable medical emergency. Your application must specify where, why and when you came to be hospitalized. You may include in your absentee ballot application a request that your county board of elections give your unmarked ballot to a designated relative. A relative includes: your spouse, father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandfather, grandmother, brother, sister, son, daughter, adopted parent, adopted child, stepparent, stepchild, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece. Your relative would then deliver the ballot to you in the hospital and return it to the board office after you have voted it. If you are hospitalized in the same county where you are registered to vote, two representatives of the board of elections can deliver the ballot to you and return it to the board office.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Oklahoma

    Any registered voter in Oklahoma may vote by absentee ballot. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee. Applications for absentee ballots must be made in writing. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is always 5:00 pm on Wednesday preceding the election. Absentee ballot application forms are available from all county election boards and from the state election board. You can also use your state's application. However, you are not required to use the form. You may write a letter to your county election board to apply for absentee ballots. The letter must contain the following information:

    • Your name
    • Your birth date
    • The address at which you are registered to vote
    • The election(s) for which you are requesting ballot(s)
    • The address where ballot(s) should be mailed
    • Your signature

    You may apply for absentee ballots for one election, for several elections or for all elections in which you are eligible to vote during the calendar year in which the application is submitted. You may mail your absentee ballot application to the county election board, fax it, send it via telegram or deliver it personally to the county election board office. However, you may not deliver an application for another person. If your absentee ballot is mailed to you, you must return it to the county election board by mail.

    An absentee ballot must be received by the county election board before 7:00 pm on Election Day to be counted.

    If you become incapacitated after 5:00 pm on the Tuesday preceding an election, you may receive an absentee ballot through special emergency procedures. You must make a written request to the county election board. The request must be accompanied by a statement from a doctor stating you are incapacitated and will be unable to vote in person on Election Day. Your request and the doctor's statement must be taken to the county election board office by the person you choose. This person becomes your agent. The county election board can provide a form to be used for both your request and the doctor's statement. The agent will receive your ballot and will deliver it to you. After you mark the ballot, the agent must return it to the county election board office before 7:00 pm on Election Day.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Oregon

    Oregon has a vote by mail process. Ballots will be mailed 14 to 18 days before an election. If it is determined by the county elections official that a person does not receive daily mail service from USPS, the ballot is mailed 18 to 20 days before the election. Out of state voters that are not long term absentee voters have their ballots mailed no sooner than the 29th day before the election. Long term and military absentee ballots (including all out of country ballots) are mailed 45 days before the election.

    You may apply for absentee voter status if you live out of state or if you know that you will be absent for the election (i.e., you will be out of town prior to the election and are putting your mail on hold.) Absentee ballots are available 45 days before the election. To apply for absentee voter status: obtain an absentee ballot request form from your county elections office or , fill out the form, and return it to your county elections office in person, via US mail or fax.

    If you prefer, your absentee ballot request can remain valid for all future elections until you notify your county elections official otherwise or you move out of the county. Please specify this preference on the request form.

    To be a long term absentee voter, you must be a resident of Oregon who is absent from your place of residence. Possible long term absentee voters could include a person temporarily living outside of the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia or a spouse of a long term absentee voter.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

     

    Pennsylvania

    If you are unable to vote at your polling place on Election Day, you may be able to vote by absentee ballot. You are able to vote absentee if you are:

    • A person who is in the military service of the United States
    • A spouse or dependent residing with or accompanying a person in the military service of the United States who expects to be absent on Election Day
    • A member of the Merchant Marine and your spouse and dependents residing with you expect to be absent on Election Day
    • A member of a religious or welfare group attached to and serving with the armed forces and your spouse and dependents living with or accompanying you expect to be absent on Election Day
    • An individual who, because of the elector's duties, occupation or business expects to be absent on Election Day
    • A qualified war veteran elector who is bedridden or hospitalized due to illness or physical disablity and will be absent on Election Day
    • A person who, because of illness or physical disability, is unable to attend your polling place or to operate a voting machine with assistance by distinct and audible statements
    • A spouse or dependent accompanying a person employed by the Commonwealth or the federal government, in the event that the employee's duties, occupation or business on Election Day require you to be absent
    • A county employee who expects that your Election Day duties relating to the conduct of the election will prevent the employee from voting
    • A person who will not attend a polling place on Election Day because of the observance of a religious holiday

    Beginning in November 2012, voters must provide a driver's license number, last 4 digits of Social Security number or a copy of an acceptable photo ID when applying for an absentee ballot. You may provide this information to the county over the phone, by email or by mail. Identification will be verified by the county before the voter's ballot with be counted. You have 6 days following the election to provide the necessary ID. UOCAVA voters and voters affected by the Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act are exempt.

    To apply for an absentee ballot, download and print the absentee ballot application and send it to your county election office.

    You may also apply for an absentee ballot through a letter. This letter must be signed by the voter and must include the same information as the forms provided by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

    The County Board of Elections must receive the applications no later than 5pm on the Tuesday before Election Day.

    If you have an emergency and did not apply for an absentee ballot by the deadline you may download and apply for an Emergence Absentee Ballot. This application must be notarized before it is submitted.

    Rhode Island

    If you are a registered voter, you may vote by mail (absentee voting) only if:

    • You are physically unable to vote in a polling place because of illness or physical or mental disability
    • You are confined to a nursing home, convalescent home or hospital
    • You are away due to employment or service connected with military operations or because you are a spouse or legal dependent who lives with that person or a U.S. citizen who will be outside the United States
    • You may not be able to vote at your assigned polling place the day of election.

    For more information visit your state site. You may pick up an application yourself, have another person pick one up for you or call your local board and request that an application be sent to you.

    The application must be filled out, witnessed or notarized and delivered to the local board so that it is received no later than 4:00 pm on the 21st day before the election. The completed application may be mailed, dropped off by you or personally delivered by a person acting at your request.

    If emergency circumstances arise after the regular mail ballot application deadline, you may apply for an emergency mail ballot at your local board of canvassers. You can apply up until 4 p.m. on the day before an election. Your emergency mail ballot must be received by the state Board of Elections no later than 9 p.m. the day of the election.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    South Carolina

    You may vote by absentee ballot for any of the following reasons:

    • You are on vacation or outside the county on Election Day
    • You are a member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine, and your spouse and dependents who reside with you are also eligible
    • You are, for reasons of employment, not able to vote on election day
    • You are physically disabled
    • You are 65 years of age or older
    • You are serving as a juror in state or federal court on election day
    • You are admitted to the hospital as an emergency patient on the day of election or within a four-day period before the election
    • You are confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trail
    • You are a certified poll watcher, poll manager and county election official working on election day
    • You are a student attending school outside your county of residence or are a spouse or dependent of such a student
    • You are a person serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside your county of residence or a spouse or dependent of such a person
    • You are a Government employee serving outside your county of residence on Election Day or a spouse or dependent of such a person
    • You are a person with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
    • You are an overseas voter
    • You are a person attending to a sick or physically disabled person

    To request an absentee ballot by mail, request the application and either email, mail or fax your county voter registration office. You will then be mailed an application. Complete the application, sign and return the completed application to you county voter registration office by 5pm on the 4th day before the election. You may return the application in person or by mail, email or fax. You will then be mailed an absentee ballot.

    To check the status of your absentee ballot, please use your state's tool.

    South Dakota

    Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. You must request an absentee ballot application from your County Election Official or fill out an absentee ballot request here. You will then be sent a paper absentee ballot to vote. Complete the ballot and return it to the County Election Official.

    The County Election Official must receive your application no later than 5pm the day before the election.

    If you are confined because of sickness or disability, you may apply in writing and obtain an absentee ballot by authorized messenger. The authorized messenger delivers the ballot from the County Election Official to the qualified voter and then delivers the marked ballot to the County Election Official. Any application for a ballot by authorized messenger must be received before 3pm the day of the election.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Tennessee

    Tennessee has two forms of absentee voting: absentee voting in person and absentee voting by mail. Under preexisting Tennessee law, first-time voters who register to vote by mail cannot vote by absentee ballot; they must vote in person. To vote by mail, you must fall under one of the following categories:

    • You will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on Election Day
    • You or your spouse are enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county of registration
    • Your licensed physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician's judgment, you are medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed not less than 7 days before the election and signed under the penalty of perjury
    • You reside in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside your county of residence
    • You will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court
    • You are 60 or older
    • You have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place
    • You are hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and because of such condition cannot vote in person
    • You are a caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled
    • You are a candidate for office in the election
    • You serve as an election day official or as a member or employee of the election commission
    • Your observance of a religious holiday prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day
    • You possess a valid commercial driver's license and certify that you will be working outside the state or county of registration during the early voting period and all day on Election Day

    You may request a by mail ballot by writing to your county elections office or fill out an absentee ballot request here. You may also email your request with an attached document including a scanned signature. Upon receipt of the request, the local election commission will mail an application for ballot to you. However, if you want to expedite the application process, you may place the following information in the request for ballot:

    • Your name
    • Your address
    • Your Social Security number
    • The address to mail the ballot outside the county (this applies only when the reason for voting by mail involves that you will be outside of the county during early voting and on election day)
    • The election you wish to participate in
    • The reason you wish to vote absentee
    • Your signature
    • Date of birth

    A request that contains this information will be treated and processed as an application for ballot, and a ballot will be mailed to you. Unless you are an individual who has registered to vote by mail and therefore are on the permanent absentee voting register, you must appear in person to vote in the first election after the registration becomes effective. If you are a by mail registrant who has already voted in person since the registration, then no additional information will be required to vote by mail.

    You may request an application for by mail ballot no earlier than 90 days before the election and no later than seven days before the election. To be processed for the next election, the application must be received by the election commission no later than 7 days before the election. The county elections office must receive the ballot by mail no later than the close of polls on Election Day. Once the election office issues an absentee by mail ballot to you, you can only vote by mail. If you notify the elections office that you have spoiled your ballot or have not received the ballot, the elections office shall supply you with subsequent voting supplies. The county elections office will reject the old application and send a new application to you immediately by mail to be completed and returned again. The by mail ballot must be received by the county elections office through the postal mail, it can not be hand delivered.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Texas

    To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must be:

    • Absent from your county of residence on Election Day and during the early voting period
    • Sick or have a disability that prevents you from voting in person without assistance
    • 65 or older
    • Confined to jail serving a misdemeanor sentence; or confined to jail without bail pending trial for a felony or appeal of a felony conviction

    You must request an application for ballot by mail (ABBM) from an early voting clerk in the county where you are registered, or from the secretary of state's office. Once received, read the instructions carefully, complete the ABBM form and return to the early voting clerk in your county by mail, common carrier or fax. The application must be received by the early voting clerk between the 60th day and the seventh day before an election (or the last business day before the seventh day if it falls on a weekend or a holiday.)

    The Early Voting Clerk must receive your marked ballot by 7pm on Election Day or by the 5th day after Election Day if your ballot is submitted from outside the US.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Utah

    If you are registered to vote, you may vote by absentee ballot. A separate absentee ballot application must be filled out for each election. All completed forms should be mailed to your county clerk's office.

    For regular absentee voting, the ballot application must be received no later than the Thursday before the election.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Vermont

    There are several ways for you to vote absentee by mail.

    Vote at Home on Election Day. If you are sick or disabled a ballot can be delivered to your home on election day. You must request an absentee ballot before 5pm on the day before the election. On election day, two justices of the peace will deliver a ballot to you and then will bring the ballot back to the polling place so it can be counted.

    Vote by Mail. Any voter can request that the town clerk mail them an early voter absentee ballot. Once voted, you can return the ballot to the clerk in the envelope included with the ballot. The clerk must receive the ballot by the close of the polls on Election Day to be counted. You can request a ballot at any time before an election and clerks will mail absentee ballots within the 45 days before the election.

    Hand Delivered Ballots. A voter may pick up a ballot at the town clerk's office at any time beginning 45 days before the general or primary election. You can deliver the voted ballot in a sealed envelope to the clerk on or before election day. The ballot can be returned to the clerk or delivered to the polling place by the voter or any person the voter authorizes to return the ballot for them. However, you can only pick up your own ballot from the clerks office.

    All requests must be submitted by 5pm or the close of the Town Clerk's office on the day before the election. You can download the request form here.

    Virginia

    You are eligible for absentee voting if you:

    • In the regular and orderly course of your business, profession, or occupation or while on personal business or vacation, will be absent from the county or city in which you are entitled to vote.
    • Are a student attending a school or institution of learning, or a student's spouse, who will be absent on the day of election from the county or city in which you are entitled to vote.
    • Are unable to go in person to the polls on the day of election because of a physical disability, physical illness, or pregnancy.
    • Are confined while awaiting trial or for having been convicted of a misdemeanor, provided that the trial or release date is scheduled on or after the third day preceding the election. If you are awaiting trial and are a resident of the county or city where you are confined, you may be taken to the polls to vote on election day if your trial date is postponed and you did not have an opportunity to vote absentee.
    • Are a member of an electoral board, registrar, an officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment.
    • Are registered but unable to go in person to the polls on the day of the election because you are primarily and personally responsible for the care of an ill or disabled family member who is confined at home.
    • Are a duly registered person who is unable to go in person to the polls on the day of the election because of an obligation occasioned by your religion.
    • Will be at your place of work and commuting to and from your home to your place of work for 11 or more hours of the 13 that the polls are open (6:00 am to 7:00 pm).
    • Any person who is (i) a member of a uniformed service of the United States, as defined in 42 USC 1973ff-6(7), on active duty, or (ii) a member of the merchant marine of the Unites States, or (iii) who temporarily resides outside of the United States, or (iv) the spouse or dependent residing with any person listed in (i), (ii), or (iii), and who will be absent on the day of the election from the county or city in which he is entitled to vote. Find out more about Military and Overseas voting here.
    • Any person serving as a designated representative of a political party, independent candidate or candidate in a political party.
    • Any person serving as a designated representative of a political party, independent candidate or candidate in a political party

    You may request a mail ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only by writing across the top of your absentee application request ballot for presidential electors only. If you vote a presidential only ballot, you may not later decide to vote the rest of the ballot. The same procedures and deadlines apply as for other absentee applications and ballots.

    Note: If you are a new registrant who submitted your voter registration applications by mail, you must vote in person (either in-person absentee or at the polls on Election Day) unless you are a full time college student, absent active duty military member, residing overseas, physically handicapped, age 65 or over (however, an additional reason must also be given, as age itself does not qualify a voter for absentee voting), or voting a "presidential only" ballot. If you have a question about whether you qualify to vote absentee, or how to apply, you should contact your local elections office.

    How to Vote Absentee

    You can contact your local voter registration office to request an absentee ballot application. You can either return the completed application to your local voter registration office by mail or fax. To receive a ballot by mail, your absentee ballot application must be received in your local voter registration office by Tuesday before the general election. If you send it by fax the original must also be mailed and received by the registrar before returned ballot is requested on Election Day. Alternatively, you can download the Virginia absentee ballot application (pdf format) at your state's website. You must complete a separate absentee ballot application for each election in which you intend to vote absentee. The absentee ballot application must be received in your voter registrar's office by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to Election Day.

    You can check the status of your absentee ballot with the Absentee Ballot Status Look Up tool.

    Washington

    Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. You do not need to be ill or "absent" to be an absentee voter.

    You may request an absentee ballot as early as 90 days before an election. (No absentee ballots are issued on election day except to a voter who is a resident of a health care facility). The request for an absentee ballot must be made to your county auditor or elections department. You can also fill out an absentee ballot request for here.

    NOTE: Absentee ballots must be signed and postmarked or delivered to the county election officer on or before election day.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    West Virginia

    Reasons for voting absentee - you are:

    • Attending school
    • Traveling outside the county for business or personal reasons
    • Injury, illness, physical disability or advanced age
    • Incarcerated or serving home confinement for misdemeanor, and legally registered to vote
    • Work hours and distance from county seat
    • Work assignment requires living temporarily outside the county (4 years or less)
    • Service as election or appointed or federal official requires living temporarily outside country

    To download the absentee ballot application, use your state's resource. Your request for an absentee ballot must be received no later than the 6th day before the election. Unless you are voting absentee by mail because of illness or disability, the ballot must be mailed to an out-of-county address. You may apply as early as eighty-four days before the election, but the ballots are not ready for mailing to you until six weeks before the election.

    Emergency Absentee Ballot: A ballot can be brought to you at the hospital or nursing facility if you have been admitted because of an emergency during the last week before the election. A family member may request the emergency absentee voting service by telephone OR the County Clerk will schedule a team of emergency absentee voting commissioners to go to the voter at the hospital and the team will return the application and the ballot to the County Clerk. Check with your County Clerk to determine what hospitals provide this service.

    To download an emergency absentee ballot application, click here.

    Wisconsin

    There are several ways to request an absentee ballot.

    Request by Mail Download the application, complete the form and mail it to your municipal clerks's office. The application must be received no later than 5pm on the Thursday before the election.

    Request by email or fax.You may request that a ballot be sent to you by sending an email or fax to your municipal clerk. Before the ballot can be counted the clerk must have received a request from the voter with an original signature. You can print your emailed request, sign it and return it with your ballot, but include it outside the certified ballot envelope. You must send your request to the clerk before 5pm on the Thursday before the election.

    In Person at your Municipal Clerks Office.This can be done until 5pm or the close of business on the Friday before the election. If you apply for an absentee ballot at your clerks office, you must vote immediately, seal your ballot and return it to a member of the clerk's staff. You can not take the ballot from the clerk's office.

    Wyoming

    To vote absentee by mail you must apply for a ballot with your county clerk or you can fill out absentee ballot request form here. No excuse is required for a registered voter to vote by absentee ballot. If you are a registered voter who leaves the state with the intent to make your residence elsewhere, you may vote by absentee ballot in Wyoming until you have met the residency requirement in your new state of residence.

    You may apply for an absentee ballot either in person, in writing, or by telephone, by providing the following information to your county clerk: Social Security number (optional), full name, date of birth, residence address (street, city, county, and zip code), the election for which the absentee ballot is requested and a statement that you are entitled to vote in the election. If you will not obtain the ballot in person, please indicate the address to which the absentee ballot is to be mailed or the name of the individual you designate in writing to deliver the ballot to you.

    For the general election, you may apply for an absentee ballot at anytime during the calendar year in which the election is held, but not on the day of the election. We recommend that you apply for your ballot no later than 17 days before the election to allow enough time to process your application for the general election. However, for specific dates you should contact your county clerk. Absentee ballots must be returned by the county clerk's office no later than 7pm on Election Day. Ballots can be returned in person or by mail.

    Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

    Early Voting

    Alabama

    Early voting is not available in Alabama.

    Alaska

    You may vote absentee in person 15 days before an election at all 40 regional elections' offices and you can vote at the airport absentee voting stations on Election Day from 7:00am to 8:00pm.

    Arizona

    Early voting is available in Arizona. In-Person Early Voting begins 33 days before Election Day for the Primary and General Election, and ends at 5:00 pm on the Friday before Election Day. A voter may vote early in person at the County Recorder's office or on-site voting locations designated by the county recorder.

    A voter may also vote early by mail. An elector may make a request by telephone, mail, or email to the County Recorder for an official early ballot beginning 93 days before an election. Early ballots are mailed to voters requesting an early mail-in ballot beginning 33 days before the Primary and General Elections. Early voting for the Presidential Preference Election begins 26 days before the election. The deadline for requesting an early ballot to be mailed is 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday before the election. If the request is oral (in person or by telephone), the requesting elector shall provide the date of birth and state or country of birth or other information that if compared to the voter registration information on file will confirm the identity of the elector. Requests in writing should include the voter's name and address as registered, birth date, election for which the ballot is requested, address where the ballot is to be mailed, and signature.The voter's signature on the early ballot affidavit is compared to the voter's signature on the voter's registration form.

    Early ballots will be counted if returned to the County Recorder or other officer in charge of elections by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. County Recorders' offices will remain open until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day to accept early ballots. Early ballots may also be dropped off at any polling place in the voter's county of residence no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

    Emergency early voting is permitted if an unforeseen circumstance occurs that would prevent an elector from voting at the polling place. Voters who encounter an emergency occurring after 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday before the election should contact their County Recorder for the procedure for emergency early voting.

    Arkansas

    Depending on the type of election being conducted, you may early vote during the 7 or 15 days prior to Election Day. For more information check your state's resource.

    California

    California voters can vote early either in person at their county elections office, or by using the vote-by-mail system. Any registered voter may vote early instead of going to the polls on Election Day.

    All valid vote-by-mail ballots are counted in every election in California, regardless of the outcome or closeness of any race.

    Once your application is processed by your county elections official, your ballot will be sent to you. After you have voted, insert your ballot in the envelope provided, making sure you complete all required information on the envelope. You may return your voted vote-by-mail ballot by 1) mailing it to your county elections official; 2) returning it in person to a polling place or the elections office in your county on Election Day; or 3) authorizing a relative or person living in the same household as you to return the ballot on your behalf. Regardless of how the ballot is returned, it MUST be received by the county elections office by the time polls close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots will not be counted.

    Colorado

    Early voting is available and no excuse is required. Each county clerk and recorder shall provide one or more early voting polling place(s), each of which shall be accessible to persons with disabilities. Early voting is available to any eligible elector during regular business hours for 10 days before a primary election and for 15 days before a November election conducted by the county clerk and recorder. Information regarding early voting availability, locations, and schedules may be obtained by visiting your county website or by contacting your county clerk and recorder's office.

    Connecticut

    Early voting is not available.

    Delaware

    You may vote by absentee ballot in-person at your local election official's office. Contact the local your local election official's office to deterrmine when absentee ballots will be available and the hours for voting. Be sure to take proof of identity with you when you go to vote.

    District of Columbia

    Early voting information can be found at the DC Board of Elections website.

    Florida

    Florida state early voting, at a minimum, begins 10 days before an election and ends on the third day before an election. During this period, early voting is conducted no less than 8 hours but not more than 12 hours per day on each day during the period. Supervisors of Elections designate early voting sites 30 days before an election, contact your Supervisor of Elections for locations in your county.

    Voters who want to vote early should remember to bring a photo and signature ID with them. Contact your Supervisor of Elections for dates, times and locations in your county.

     

    Georgia

    Any voter registered in Georgia may vote absentee in person. This allows you to vote on a day and time that is convenient for you. Beginning the 4th Monday prior to Election, simply visit your county or municipality early voting site, fill out the application and present one of the permitted forms of photo ID. As Election Day approaches, your county may have multiple early voting sites and even extended hours. Voting times and locations for your precinct can be found here.

    Please note that you cannot vote on the day immediately preceding the Tuesday election. Traditional polling places will be open on Election Day. However, if you choose to advance vote you cannot cast another ballot at your precinct on Election Day.

    Hawaii

    In person early voting takes place at the offices of your city or county clerk.

    Early voting is available in the form of in person absentee voting. Please remember to bring proper identification when you arrive at walk-in polling places to cast your early vote. Absentee walk-in polling places are located at the offices of the city or county clerk where you reside. Contact your city/county clerk's office for more information.

    Idaho

    Voting before election day at an absentee polling place is available. Contact your county clerk for dates, times and location of the absentee polling place in your county. See Absentee Ballot section above.

    For information on time and locations please contact your county clerk.

    Illinois

    For more information about early voting locations, check our your state's resource.

    Early voting is available from the 3rd Monday before the election through the 3rd day preceding the election. An election authority will publish the location of each permanent and temporary polling place for early voting and the dates and hours that early voting will be conducted at each location.

    Indiana

    In-person early voting can be done at your board of elections beginning 29 days before Election Day and no later than 12:00 pm on the day before Election Day.

    Early voting takes place at your local board of elections locations.

    Iowa

    Early voting is available in Iowa beginning 40 days before an election. Early voting is completed in the county auditor's office and the last day to cast an early vote is the Monday before an election.

    Kansas

    You may vote in person at your county elections office starting the Tuesday before Election Day, or up to 20 days before the election, depending on the county. Some counties offer satelite voting sites during the 20-day advance voting period. To find such locations, contact your county election office.

    Kentucky

    A voting machine is available at your county clerk's office 12 (or more) working days before the election for you to vote early if you are qualified. You must fulfill one of the below criteria in order to be eligible:

    • You will be out of the county on Election Day
    • You are a student or resident who temporarily resides outside of the county
    • You have surgery scheduled and will require hospitalization on Election Day
    • You are a spouse of a voter who is having surgery on Election day
    • You are a pregnant woman in your third trimester
    • You are a precinct election officer appointed to serve in precinct other than your own, an alternate precinct officer, a county board of elections member, a county board of elections member of staff, a deputy county clerk, or a state board of elections member of staff
    Louisiana

    You do not need a reason to vote early. All voters may vote early, just like they are voting on election day.

    Voters who want to vote early for any election may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters office or at designated locations in the parish from 14 days to seven days before any scheduled election. For more information on dates and locations for early voting, please use your state's resource.

    Maine

    You may vote absentee at the clerk's office as soon as absentee ballots are available. Absentee ballots are available 30 days before the election at the municipal clerk's office. You do not need to complete an application if you vote in person at the municipal clerk's office.

    Maryland

    For Early Voting locations, please use your state's resource or contact your local board of elections.

    Early voting starts the 2nd Thursday before election day and runs through Thursday before the election. Early voting centers will be open continuously from 10 am to 8 pm each day, except for the Sunday during this time period, when they will be open 12 pm to 6 pm.

    Massachusetts

    Absentee in-person balloting is available to those who are allowed to vote by absentee ballot. In Massachusetts you may vote absentee for one of the following three reasons only:

    • You will be absent from your city or town on Election Day
    • You have a physical disability preventing you from voting at the polling place
    • Your religious beliefs prevent you from voting on Election Day.

    You must be registered in order to vote absentee. However, those residing overseas and members of the armed forces or merchant marines, or their spouses or dependents, do not need to be registered to vote absentee.

    If you cast your ballot at the clerk's office before Election Day, plan to visit the office two or three weeks before the election. You can fill out your application and cast your vote in one visit. Call your clerk's office to make certain that the absentee ballots are available. Absentee ballots should be available three weeks before an election.

    Michigan

    Early Voting is not available.

    Minnesota

    Voting takes place at your county auditor's office or in your city or township clerks office. For more information on times and locations, contact your county auditor.

    In person absentee voting is allowed but an excuse is required. An eligible voter may vote by absentee ballot during the 46 days before the election in the office of the county auditor and at any other polling place designated by the county auditor. To vote in person, apply and/or vote during normal office hours or from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm the Saturday before the election or from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm the Monday before the election. To vote by mail, submit the absentee ballot application form to your county auditor. The ballot will then be mailed directly to you.

     

     

    Mississippi

    In person absentee voting for the Tuesday, November 4th General Election begins on Saturday, October 25th and ends on Saturday, November 1st.

    Early voting does not exist in Mississippi. However, you may vote absentee ballot in person at your local circuit clerk's office (office hours vary, check with your local clerk's office).

    Missouri

    You can early vote in the office of the local election authority until 5:00 pm the night before the election.

    Montana

    Montana does not have true early voting, but does have in-person absentee voting that allows electors, as soon as absentee ballots are available, to receive, mark and submit an absentee ballot in person at the election office or by mail to the election office. However, ballots are not counted until election day. Early-in person absentee voting does not require a reason and starts as soon as ballots are available – by not later than 30 days before an election. For more information about times and locations please contact your local election officials.

    Nebraska

    Early voting for the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election begins on Tuesday, September 30th and ends on Monday, November 3rd.

    For more infromation on times and locations, contact your county clerk.

    Early voting is available from 35 days before the election until the Monday before Election Day. For more information on early voting, please see the section on Absentee Ballot Process.

    Nevada

    Early voting is available for all registered voters. Please contact your local county clerk's office for specific dates and times.

    New Hampshire

    New Hampshire does not have early voting.

    New Jersey

    There is no in person early voting for New Jersey. To vote early please see Absentee Ballot information above.

    New Mexico

    You may vote early in-person, instead of voting by mail. You may go to your county clerk's office beginning the 28th day before the election and vote on either a paper ballot or electronic voting machine.

    Early voting at alternate sites begins on the third Saturday before the election. Call your county clerk for locations.

    If you become ill after the period for absentee balloting and are unable to go to the polls, you may request a ballot in writing. Your request must be signed by your health care provider. Your ballot will be given to the person who presents the request to the county clerk and shall be returned by the same person.

    New York

    In person absentee voting begins as soon as the ballots are available at least 30 days before an election and ends on Election Day. In person absentee voting is conducted during the above period, at the board of elections' borough offices. Operating hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm except on Election Day, when they are open until 9:00 pm.

    North Carolina

    One-stop absentee voting (early voting) begins on the second Thursday before the election and ends at 1pm the last Saturday before the election. One-stop absentee voting takes place at either the County Board of Elections office or an alternate site if the County Board office is not able to handle in-person voting.

    You may change your name or address at a one-stop voting site, but you if you are not registered to vote in that county you may not register to vote during early voting.

    For specific locations of where you can vote, please contact your county board of elections.

     

    North Dakota

    Early voting is available and no excuse is required. Please check with local county election officials for specific dates and times.

    Ohio

    Early voting starts 35 days before the election. All registered voters may request and vote an absentee ballot in person at their county board of elections or voting center as designated by the county. For specific information on times and locations contact your board of elections.

    Oklahoma

    In person absentee voting will be available at your County Election Board on Thursday (8am to 6pm), Friday (8am to 6pm) before each election. If it is a Federal or State election, in person absentee voting will also be available on the Saturday (9am to 2pm) before the election.

    For more information on times and locations contact your county clerk.

     

    Oregon

    You can vote early and in person at your county elections office. Please contact them for specific dates and times

    Pennsylvania

    Early voting is available through Pennsylvania's absentee ballot process.

    Rhode Island

    Early Voting is not available in Rhode Island.

    South Carolina

    You can vote early in person by visiting your county voter registration office and completing an application for absentee ballot. You may then vote absentee in person until 5pm on the day before the election.

    South Dakota

    Voters who qualify to vote absentee may also go to the office of the county auditor, complete an absentee ballot application and vote in the office.

    Tennessee

    Early voting is available and no excuse is required. The early voting period for generally begins 20 days before an election and ends 5 days prior to the Election Day. You should bring your voter registration card plus an acceptable photo ID when you vote early.

    In a city election where there is not any opposition on the ballot, early voting begins 10 days before the election. 

    For more information on early voting, contact your local county election commission office.

     

    Texas

    In person early voting is available to any registered voter in Texas beginning on the 17th day (12th day before a May election) before an election  - unless it's a weekend then early voting starts on Monday, and ending on the fourth day before Election Day. No excuse is needed to vote early in person. Early voting in person is conducted in the building that houses the office of the County Clerk or City Secretary, or in a place designated by the County Commissioners or City Council.

    • Early voting is conducted on weekdays during business hours for eight hours, or for three hours if the territory covered by the election has less than 1,000 people.
    • Counties with a population over 100,000 people must conduct early voting for 12 hours on weekdays of the last week of early voting.
    • If your county has less than 100,000 people, it must have extended hours if requested by 15 registered voters.
    • Counties with a population over 100,000 people must conduct early voting for 12 hours on the last Saturday of early voting, and for five hours on the last Sunday.
    • If your county has less than 100,000 people, the authority conducting the election may order early voting on one or more Saturdays or Sundays, and determine the hours. They must offer this if it is requested by 15 registered voters.
    Utah

    In person early voting is allowed and no excuse is required. The polls will be open for at least 4 hours each early voting day and will close at 5pm on the last early voting day.

    In order to vote during the early voting period, you must show a valid voter ID. This is either a form of ID that has you name and photo or two forms of ID that bear your name and show evidence of your residence. To see the complete list of acceptable ID, please visit your state's website.

     

    Vermont

    Early voting for the Tuesday, November 4th General Election begins on Saturday, September 20th and ends on Monday, November 3rd.

    Early voting is also available in Vermont with no excuse required. You may vote at your town clerk's office in person any time 45 days before a primary or general election or twenty days before a municipal election.

    Virginia

    In person absentee voting for the Tuesday, November 4th General Election begins on Saturday, September 30th and ends on Saturday, November 1st.

    For more information on times and locations please contact your local registrar.

    To qualify for absentee in-person voting you must be:

    • Any person who, in the regular and orderly course of his business, profession, or occupation or while on personal business or vacation, will be absent from the county or city in which he is entitled to vote;

    • Any person who is (i) a member of a uniformed service of the United States, as defined in 42 U.S.C. § 1973ff-6(7), on active duty, or (ii) a member of the merchant marine of the United States, or (iii) who temporarily resides outside of the United States, or (iv) the spouse or dependent residing with any person listed in (i), (ii), or (iii), and who will be absent on the day of the election from the county or city in which he is entitled to vote. See Absentee Voting Procedures for Overseas Personnel (Military & Non-Military)

    • Any student attending a school or institution of learning, or his spouse, who will be absent on the day of election from the county or city in which he is entitled to vote;

    • Any person who is unable to go in person to the polls on the day of election because of a disability, illness or pregnancy ;

    • Any person who is confined while awaiting trial or for having been convicted of a misdemeanor, provided that the trial or release date is scheduled on or after the third day preceding the election. Any person who is awaiting trial and is a resident of the county or city where he is confined shall, on his request, be taken to the polls to vote on election day if his trial date is postponed and he did not have an opportunity to vote absentee;

    • Any person who is a member of an electoral board, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment;

    • Any person serving as a designated representative of a political party, independent candidate or candidate in a political party;

    • Any duly registered person who is unable to go in person to the polls on the day of the election because he is primarily and personally responsible for the care of an ill or disabled family member who is confined at home.

    • Any duly registered person who is unable to go in person to the polls on the day of the election because of an obligation occasioned by his religion.

    • Any person who, in the regular and orderly course of his business, profession, or occupation, will be at his place of work and commuting to and from his home to his place of work for eleven or more hours of the thirteen that the polls are open (6:00 AM to 7:00 PM).

    • Certain first responders who meet code definitions for law-enforcement officers, firefighters, search and rescue personnel and emergency medical services personnel.

    • Any registered and qualified voter may request a mail ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only by writing across the top of their absentee application "request ballot for presidential electors only." A voter who votes a "presidential only" ballot may not later decide to vote the rest of the ballot. The same procedures and deadlines apply as for other absentee applications and ballots. Please note: When completing your absentee ballot application, reason 7A should only be used by voters who have moved to another state (away from Virginia) less than 30 days before the presidential election. This reason code should not be selected by voters that do not intend to move to another state less than 30 days prior to the election.

    The electoral board will usually make ballots available for absentee voting 45 days prior to Election Day and ending 3 days before Election Day.

    West Virginia

    The County Clerk is responsible for early voting. The locations will be in the County Courthouse, annex or on the property of the courthouse. The regular period of early voting begins 13 days before the election and ends 3 days before the election. Voting is avaiable during regular business hours and on any Saturday on or between the 13th and 3rd days before the election.

    Contact your county clerk for more information on times and locations.

    Wisconsin

    Early voting is available in the form of in person absentee voting.

    You can request an absentee ballot in person at your municipal clerk's office up until 5:00 pm on the Friday before the election. The completed ballot must be received by the municipal clerk no later than the day of the election so that it can be delivered to the polling location by 8:00 pm.

    Wyoming

    In person absentee voting for the Tuesday, November 4th General Election begins on Thursday, September 25th and ends on Monday, November 3rd.

    For more information on times and locations contact your county clerk.

    In person absentee voting takes place at the county clerk office 40 days before an election. It is not available on election day.

    Time Off To Vote

    Alabama

    Time off to vote is available for those whose work hours exceed polling place hours. If not, employers are not required to give time off to vote. The necessary time off shall not exceed one hour. Whether this time is paid varies by town.

    Alaska

    Employers must allow sufficient paid time off to vote for their employees, unless the employer has at least two consecutive hours to vote before or after his/her work hours.

    Arizona

    Employors are required to grant three hours of paid leave to vote, unless polls are open three hours before or after work shift.

    Arkansas

    Employer shall schedule sufficient time on election days so that employees may vote. This time varies by location.

    California

    California law states that private and public employers must give employees time off to vote, unless the employee has two hours of nonworking time available to vote or employee fails to vote. Employees must give proper notice to their employer.

    Colorado

    Employers must grant employees two hours of paid leave to vote, unless polls are open three hours before or after regular working shift.

    Connecticut

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Connecticut law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Delaware

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Delaware law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    District of Columbia

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. District of Columbia law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Florida

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Florida state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Georgia

    Employers must grant employees two hours of paid leave to vote, unless polls are open 2 hours before or after regular working shift. This time may be paid depending on location.

    Hawaii

    Employers must grant employees two hours to vote, unless polls are open 2 consecutive hours before or after regular working shift. This time is paid, with proof that the vote has been cast.

    Idaho

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Idaho law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Illinois

    Every employee is entitled, after giving notice, to two hours off work, provided that the employee's working hours begin less than 2 hours after the opening of the polls and end less than 2 hours before the closing of the polls. The law does not specify whether time off is paid.

    Indiana

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Indiana state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Iowa

    If your work schedule doesn't give you three consecutive hours off work while the polls are open, you have the right to take up to three hours off from work to vote.

    You must make a written request for time off to vote to your employer before election day. Your employer has the right to specify which hours you get to take off. You cannot be penalized and deductions cannot be made from your regular salary or wages on account of this absence

    Kansas

    Any registered voter may leave work for a period of up to two hours to vote. If the polls are open before or after the work shift, the voter may only take such time off that, when added to the amount of time before or after work that the polls are open, it does not exceed two hours.

    Kentucky

    Employers must allow employees up to 2 hours paid leave to vote during their regular work shift. This time is unpaid unless specified otherwise by the employer.

    Louisiana

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Louisiana state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Maine

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Maine state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Maryland

    Employers must grant employees up to two hours of paid leave to vote, unless polls are open 2 hours before or after regular working shift, or if employee has sufficient time to vote on his/her own. Employees must provide proof that they cast their vote to receive compensation for time off.

    Massachusetts

    Voters employed in mechanical, manufacturing or mercantile businesses are allowed time off during the first two hours after the polls have opened only if an application for absence has been submitted.

    Michigan

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Michigan law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Minnesota

    Employees are allowed to take time off to vote during the mornings of election days. This time off should be treated as paid leave.

    Mississippi

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Mississippi law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Missouri

    Employers must grant employees up to three hours paid leave to vote, unless polls are open three consecutive hours before or after regular working shift. Employees must request this time prior to Election Day, and the employer may specify when during the working day employees may take time off.

    Montana

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Montana state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Nebraska

    Employers must grant employees from one to two hours paid leave to vote, unless polls are open two consecutive hours before or after regular working shift. Employees must request this time prior to Election Day, and the employer may specify when during the working day employees may take time off.

    Nevada

    Employers must grant employees up to three hours paid leave to vote, unless polls are open three consecutive hours before or after regular working shift. Employees must request this time prior to Election Day, and the employer may specify when during the working day employees may take time off.

    New Hampshire

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. New Hampshire state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    New Jersey

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. New Jersey state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    New Mexico

    Employers must grant employees up to two hours paid leave to vote, unless polls are open two consecutive hours before or three hours after regular working shift. The employer may designate the hours to be taken, but it may not include lunch or rest hours.

    New York

    Employers must grant employees sufficient time to vote, unless polls are open 4 hours before or after regular working shift. Employers may designate whether the time is to be taken at the beginning or end of the shift. Employees must notify employers of the need for time off not more than 10 days and not less than 2 days before the election. Employers must post a conspicuous notice of employee rights at least ten days before Election Day.

    North Carolina

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. North Carolina state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    North Dakota

    The law encourages employers to provide time off to vote when an employee's regular work schedule conflicts with the times polls are open. This policy however is voluntary.

    Ohio

    Employers are prohibited from firing an employee who takes a reasonable amount of time to vote. Salaried employees should be elegible for paid time off to vote. Specifications of time vary by employer.

    Oklahoma

    Employees who begin their work less than 3 hours after the polls open and finish less than 3 hours before the polls close are entitled to 2 hours leave to vote. You must give notice the day before the election and must provide proof of voting to not have your pay reduced. The employer can set the time the employee can leave to vote.

    Pennsylvania

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Pennsylvania state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Rhode Island

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Rhode Island law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    South Carolina

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. South Carolina state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    South Dakota

    Employees are entitled to paid leave on Election Day between the time the polls open and when they close, unless the person has two consecutive hours during the time the polls are open in which he or she can vote before or after work.

    Tennessee

    Employers must grant employees up to three hours paid leave to vote, unless polls are open three hours before or after regular working shift. Employees must request this time by noon the day before Election Day, and the employer may specify when during the working day employees may take time off.

    Texas

    Employers must grant employees paid leave to vote on Election Day, unless polls are open two hours before or after regular working shift.

    Utah

    Employers must grant employees up to two hours of paid leave to vote, unless polls are open three outside of regular working shift. The employer may specify the hours during which the employee may be absent.

    Vermont

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Vermont state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Virginia

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Virginia state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    West Virginia

    West Virginia law states that private and public employers must give employees time off to vote, unless the employee has 3 hours nonworking time available to vote or the employee fails to vote.

    Wisconsin

    Employers must grant employees up to three successive hours to vote on Election Day while the polls are open. The employee must notify the employer of his/her intended absence. The employer may designate the time of day for the absence.

    Wyoming

    Employers must grant employees up to one hour of paid time off to vote during polling place hours, if the employee does not have 3 consecutive hours either before or after work that the polls are open.


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