Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. We encourage voters to submit their applications as soon as possible. After October 24, those who wish to vote before Election Day may do so in person, rather than by mail. You can return your absentee ballot request form through mail, in person at your local elections office, or online. Voted ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Department of State website. Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day.
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person: Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. If a voter who has been issued an Absentee Voting ballot decides to vote at the polls, they should bring their ballot with them and surrender it. They will then be issued a new ballot that they can use to vote in the polling location. If the ballot was lost or destroyed, they should go to their polling place, fill out a form, and vote.
To request a ballot, use one of the links below:
Absent Voter Ballot Application
Absent Voter Ballot Application - Fillable Version
Large Print Version
You may submit your application either in person or by mail to your City/Township Clerk's office.
After receiving your absentee ballot, you have until 8pm on Election Day to complete and return the ballot to your clerk's office.
Emergency Absentee Ballot:
If you have an emergency that prevents you from going to the polls you may request an emergency absentee ballot. Requests must be submitted after the deadline for regular absentee ballots has passed, but before 4pm on Election Day. The emergency must have occurred at a time in which it made it impossible to get to the polls.
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.