Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 11 days before an election. Voted ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by 12pm 3 days after the election in order to be counted. You can return your absentee ballot request form through mail, in person at your local elections office, or online. Note: You must obtain a witness to sign your ballot envelope for it to be counted. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Department of Elections website. Absentee ballots must be processed but results cannot be announced before the polls close on Election Day.
Requesting and Returning your Absentee Ballot
You may now request an absentee ballot online! Just fill out and submit this form before the deadline (5pm 11 days before the election, or June 10 for June 21 Primary Election).
You can request your absentee ballot at any time during the year; the form permits a permanent request ensuring that a voter continues receiving an absentee ballot without additional requests.
Voted mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and be received by your local registrar by noon on the third day after the election in order to be counted. Note: absentee ballots require a witness signature.
You can check the status of your absentee ballot with the Absentee Ballot Status Look Up tool.
Emergency Absentee Voting
You can apply for an emergency absentee ballot if you:
- Are hospitalized or have an illness
- You are dealing with a hospitalization, illness or death of a spouse, child or parent
- Have another emergency found to justify an emergency absentee ballot
If you meet these requirements, you can have a designated representative request an absentee ballot through the day before the election. You must complete the application and deliver it to the local registrar's office by 2pm the day before the election. Voted ballots must be returned before the polls close on Election Day.
How to Vote in Person if Vote-by-Mail Ballot was Requested
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person: Voters must surrender their absentee ballots before receiving a regular ballot in person. If the voter does not bring their Vote by Mail ballot to the polls, they can still vote a regular ballot during the Early Voting by signing a Gold Form, but they will vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day. However, if the pollbook indicates that the voter was not only issued a Vote by Mail ballot but also that the ballot was returned, the voter can only vote a Provisional Ballot that will be reviewed by the local Electoral Board to ensure that the individual only votes once. Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. For specifics, you can find your local county registrar contact info here.
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