Registrations closing this week:   North Dakota, Iowa, Michigan

Vote Early!

I've always voted on Election Day. Why is this year different? Why should I vote as early as I can?


Safety — Voting early isn't crowded. Voting by mail is from home. Both will keep you safe.
Stay a while — On election day, you can't take all day to fill out your ballot. At home or voting early, you can take enough time to get it right.
Second chances — If your ballot is rejected, you'll have the time to try again.
Success — If you vote early, your ballot will arrive with time to spare, and you can track when it's accepted online.
Sleep — If we all vote early, we'll know who won before midnight on Election Night.

For you, Election Day is the day you receive your ballot. Fill it out with the right ink, seal it, sign it, and send it (or deliver it). The sooner it gets into the system, no matter when your state begins to process or count, the sooner you can track it to learn whether you got it right the first time.

Choose your State

Deadlines this week

Expect postal service delays! Please vote as soon as possible!

Voter Protection Hotline: Call 1-833-DEM-VOTE (1-833-336-8683) if you have a complex issue with voting. The hotline is monitored 24/7 by DNC employees and they are prepared to answer questions pertaining to felon disenfranchisement, voter purging, poll worker misconduct, voter machines, accessibility, and more.

All information is provided as accurately as possible. This site will be kept up-to-date as states change their voting laws. If you notice any inaccuracies, please contact us. Thank you.

Alabama

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Any qualified voter may use the pandemic as a reason to vote absentee. On the absentee ballot application be sure to check the box for: "I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls."

  • Accepted excuses:
    • You will be absent from the county on Election Day.
    • You are ill or have a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place.
    • You are a registered Alabama voter who is temporarily living outside the county (such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside of the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person).
    • You are an appointed election officer or poll watcher at a polling place other than your regular polling place.
    • You work a required shift - 10 hours or more - that coincides with polling hours.
    • You are a caregiver for a family member who is confined to the home.
    • You are incarcerated but otherwise eligible to vote.
  • Emergency Absentee Voting
  • Medical Emergency Absentee Voting

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 19
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 19
  • Online: October 19

To request an absentee ballot

  • Starting now and must be received by October 29

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Hand delivered: 5:00 PM EDT on November 2, counties are responsible for drop boxes.
  • By mail: Postmarked by November 2 and received by 12:00 PM November 3

Alaska

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Alaska does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Ballots no longer need a witness signature in Alaska.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 4
  • By Mail: Postmarked October 3
  • Online: October 4

To request an absentee ballot

  • Request for Online or Fax Ballot by 5:00 PM AKDT on November 2
  • Deadline to receive absentee by electronic transmission ballot applications. - Monday, November 2
  • Deadline to receive absentee by mail applications is October 24

To vote absentee in-person

  • October 19 - November 1

To vote early

  • Vote in person - Vote an early or absentee in person ballot beginning 15 days before Election Day at an absentee voting location (Monday, October 19, 2020).
  • Vote by personal representative - If you are unable to vote in person due to age, serious illness or disability, you may have a personal representative pick up a ballot for you by Monday, October 19.

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Online or Fax: before 8:00 pm on November 3
  • By Mail: postmarked on or before November 3

Arizona

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Arizona does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadline has been extended to Oct 23.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By 11:59 PM on October 23
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 23
  • Online: October 23.

To request an absentee ballot

  • Request by 5:00 PM October 23

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 7 - October 30

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 7:00 PM on November 3

Arkansas

Polls close 7:30 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Any qualified voter may use the pandemic as a reason to vote absentee. On the absentee ballot application be sure to check the box for: "You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on election day" or "You will be unable to attend your polling site on election day due to illness or physical disability".

  • Accepted excuses:
    • You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on election day.
    • You will be unable to attend your polling site on election day due to illness or physical disability.
    • You are a member of the Uniformed Services, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependant family member and are away from your polling location due to the member’s active duty status.
    • A U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 5
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 5
  • Online: N/A

To request an absentee ballot

  • Email by October 27

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 19 - November 2

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • In person: Received by November 2

California

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

All registered voters in California will receive a mail-in ballot prior to November 3. In-person voting locations will be offered as well.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 19
  • Online: October 19
  • Election Day Registration: If the voter registration deadline has passed, you can still conditionally register to vote and cast a provisional ballot in person at your County Elections Office at any time up to and including Election Day. Your provisional ballot will be counted when your County Elections Official verifies your voter registration.
    Conditional registration may also be available in County Elections satellite offices and vote centers.

To request an absentee ballot

  • Request by October 27

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • All voters will receive a ballot by mail beginning on October 5
  • Hand delivered: By 8PM on November 3 at any voting location or in a drop box. Locations are being finalized check with your local county office for details.
  • By mail: Postmarked by November 3 and received by November 20

Colorado

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Ballots will be automatically sent to all registered voters. Contact your local election official by October 3 if you need your ballot sent somewhere other than your usual address.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: November 3
  • By Mail: October 26
  • Online: October 26

To request an absentee ballot

  • Automatic

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 19 - November 2 except October 24, 25 and Nov 1

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 7:00 PM November 3

Connecticut

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Connecticut is allowing all voters to vote by mail due to the pandemic by selecting COVID-19 as the excuse.

  • Accepted excuses:
    • COVID-19
    • You are an active service member in the Armed Forces of the United States
    • You are absent from town during all of the hours of voting
    • You have an illness
    • Your religious tenets forbid secular activity on the day of the election
    • You have duties as a election official at a polling place other than my own during all of the hours of voting
    • You have a physical disability

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By 12:00 PM Mon Nov 2
  • Online: October 27.
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 27
  • Election Day Registration: By 8:00 PM, if the voter registration deadline has passed, you can still register to vote in person at a designated Election Day Registration office.

To request an absentee ballot

  • Request by November 2

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Ballots must be received by November 3, 2020

Delaware

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Delaware does not require an excuse for mail-in-voting. If you will not be able to receive ballot from residence, you must apply for absentee ballot. "I am sick, or physically disabled" is a valid excuse for COVID-19.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 10
  • By Mail: October 10
  • Online: October 10

To request an absentee ballot

  • Request by October 30

To vote absentee in-person

  • Last day to vote absentee in person is 12:00 PM November 2

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 8:00 PM November 3rd

District of Columbia

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

All active registered voters will receive a mail in ballot at their registered address beginning the first week in October.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: Election Day, with proof of residency
  • By Mail: October 13
  • Election Day Registration: If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular polling place or early voting site to register and vote.

To request an absentee ballot

  • Request by October 27
  • All active registered voters will receive a mail in ballot at their registered address beginning the first week in October.
  • You do not need to request an absentee ballot. Use the form only if you want your ballot sent to a location other than your registered address.

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 27 - November 2

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • In person: Received by 8:00 PM on November 3
  • By mail: Postmarked on November 3, and received by November 10.

Florida

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Florida does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • Online: October 5
  • By Mail: October 5
  • In Person: October 5

To request an absentee ballot

  • By mail: 5:00 PM October 24

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 19 - October 31

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 7:00 PM November 3

Georgia

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Georgia does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 5
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 5
  • Online: October 5

To request an absentee ballot

  • In person: October 30
  • By mail: Received by October 30

To vote absentee in-person

To vote early

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By November 3
Georgia uses "early voting", "advance voting", and "absentee in person" interchangably

Hawaii

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

All properly registered voters will automatically receive a mail ballot packet approximately 18 days prior to the election.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • October 5

To request an absentee ballot

  • Received by October 27

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 20 - November 2, except Sundays

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By November 3

Idaho

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Idaho does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By 5:00 PM October 9 otherwise on November 3 at the polling station
  • By Mail: Received by 5:00 PM October 9
  • Online: By 11:59 PM October 9
  • Election Day Registration: Same day registration

To request an absentee ballot

  • Received by 5:00 PM October 23

To vote absentee in-person

  • By 5:00 PM October 30th

To vote early

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 8:00 PM November 3

Illinois

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Illinois does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By October 7
  • By Mail: Received by October 29
  • Online: By October 18
  • Election Day Registration: You can also register in person (and vote) at your local elections office during the "grace period." The grace period starts 27 days before Election Day and ends on Election Day. Grace Period Voting does NOT take place at your regular polling place. Grace Period Voting almost always happens at your Local Election Office. Contact your Local Election Office for more information.

To request an absentee ballot

  • By Mail: Received by October 29

To vote absentee in-person

  • Today - November 2

To vote early

  • October 19 - November 2

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By mail: Received by November 17
  • Ballot tracking may be performed at a local election authority level

Indiana

Polls close 6:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 is currently not accepted as an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting in Indiana.

  • Accepted excuses:
    • You have a specific, reasonable expectation that you will be absent from the county on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6 am until 6 pm).
    • You have a disability.
    • You are at least 65 years of age.
    • You are scheduled to work at your regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
    • You will be confined due to illness or injury or you will be caring for an individual confined due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
    • You are prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
    • You are a participant in the state's address confidentiality program.
    • You are a member of the military or a public safety officer.
    • You are a "serious sex offender" as defined in Indiana Code 35-42-4-14(a).
    • You are prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By 5:00 PM October 5
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 5
  • Online: October 5

To request an absentee ballot

  • Received by 11:59 PM October 22

To vote absentee in-person

  • October 6 - 12:00 PM November 2

To vote early

  • October 6 - November 2

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Received by 12:00 PM on November 3

Iowa

Polls close 9:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Iowa does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: Oct 24. If you miss the deadline, you can also register to vote in-person during early vote or on November 3
  • By Mail: Postmarked Oct 19 or received by October 24
  • Online: Oct 24
  • Election Day Registration: If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on November 3. Simply go to your regular polling place or early voting site to register and vote. You should bring a valid photo ID and, if the ID does not list your current address, also proof of residence.

To request an absentee ballot

  • In person: From now until November 2 unless the polls open at noon. If they open at noon, you may cast an absentee ballot at the county auditor's office from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM on November 3.
  • By mail: From now until by October 24

To vote absentee in-person

  • Oct 5 - Nov 2 at your county auditor's office

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Expect to receive your ballot shortly on or after October 5
  • In person: Returned to county auditor office by November 3, there are no listed drop boxes.
  • By mail: Postmarked by November 2 and received by 12:00 PM November 9

Kansas

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Kansas does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By October 13
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 13
  • Online: By October 13

To request an absentee ballot

  • By October 27

To vote absentee in-person

  • Register by October 26

To vote early

  • October 14 - November 2 (ending dates vary by county)

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Postmarked by November 2 and received by November 6

Kentucky

Polls close 6:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Kentucky does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By 4:00 PM October 5
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 5
  • Online: By 4:00 PM October 5

To request an absentee ballot

  • By October 27

To vote absentee in-person

  • September 8 - November 2

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 6:00 PM November 3

Louisiana

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

For the July 11th and August 15th elections, COVID-19 was listed as an acceptable excuse for mail-in voting, but there is no information for the November 3rd election yet.

  • Accepted excuses:
    • You are a student or teacher located and living outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof
    • You are 65 years of age or older
    • You are a minister, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy assigned outside of your parish of registration, or the spouse/dependent thereof
    • You are or expect to be temporarily outside the territorial limits of the state or absent from your parish of registration during the early voting period and on Election Day
    • You moved your residence to another parish more than 100 miles from the parish seat of your former residence after the voter registration books closed (the books close 30 days prior to Election Day)
    • You are involuntarily confined in an institution for mental treatment outside your parish of registration and you are not interdicted and not judicially declared incompetent
    • You expect to be hospitalized on Election Day and did not have knowledge until after the time for early voting had expired; you were hospitalized during the time for early voting and you expect to be hospitalized on Election Day; or you were either hospitalized or restricted to bed by your physician during early voting and on Election Day
    • You work or expect to be offshore working and expect to be out of your precinct of registration both during the early voting period and on Election Day because of your employment or occupation
    • You are incarcerated in an institution inside or outside of your parish of registration and you are not serving time for a felony conviction
    • You are a program participant in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program
    • If you reside in a nursing home, veterans' home or a hospital for an extended stay for a physical disability and are unable to vote in person during early voting or at the polls on election day
    • You will be sequestered on the day of Election Day
    • You are the secretary of state, an employee of the secretary of state, or an employee of the registrar of voters.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By October 5
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 5
  • Online: By October 13

To request an absentee ballot

  • By 4:30 PM October 30th

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 20 - October 27, excluding October 25

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 4:30 PM November 2

Maine

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Maine does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: On or before November 3
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 13
  • Election Day Registration: If you register to vote within 21 days of an election, including on election day, you must appear in person to register at the municipal registrar in order to register. Photo ID and proof of residence is required. Contact your Local Election Office with any questions.

To request an absentee ballot

  • From now until October 30, application must be completed and received by October 31

To vote absentee in-person

  • October 4 - October 29

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Expect to receive your ballot in early October around October 4.
  • In person: Ballots can be handed in personally. Many towns have drop boxes. Ballots must be deposited prior to 8:00 PM November 3. No drop box location map is available currently.
  • By mail: Received by 8:00 PM November 3
  • There is no ballot tracking.

Maryland

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Maryland does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By 9:00 PM October 13
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 13
  • Online: By 9:00 PM October 13
  • Election Day Registration: You can register to vote in-person during early voting and on Election Day. You will need to bring your MVA-issued license, ID card, or change of address card, or a paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document that has your name and current address.

To request an absentee ballot

  • By mail: Request by October 20
  • In person: Closed due to COVID-19 Pandemic

To vote absentee in-person

  • October 22 - October 29

To vote early

  • October 26 - November 2

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Postmarked by November 3 and received by 10 AM on November 13

Massachusetts

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Massachusetts does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • By 8:00 PM October 24

To request an absentee ballot

  • From now until 12:00 PM October 28

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • You should expect to receive your ballot by the second week of October at the latest
  • In person: Completed ballot may be returned to your local election office, official ballot drop boxes, or early voting sites during early voting hours.
  • By 8:00 PM November 3
  • By Mail: Postmarked by November 3 and received by November 6

Michigan

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Michigan does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: Election Day at your city or township clerk office or Oct 20, if you submit an application form through a voter registration drive or deliver it to a county clerk or secretary of state office.
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 19
  • Online: By October 19
  • Election Day Registration: If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on Election Day. If you plan to register in person by Oct 20, you will need to present proof of residency.

To request an absentee ballot

  • By 5:00 PM October 30

To vote absentee in-person

To vote early

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Received by 8:00 PM November 3

Minnesota

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Minnesota does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: November 3
  • By Mail: Received by 11:59 PM October 13
  • Online: 11:59 PM October 13
  • Election Day Registration: If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time during the in-person absentee voting period or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular in-person absentee voting site -- or to your regular polling place -- to register and vote. You should bring a valid ID and, if the ID does not list your current name and address, also proof of residence.

To request an absentee ballot

  • By November 2

To vote absentee in-person

  • September 18 - November 2

To vote early

  • September 18 - November 2

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Received by 3:00 PM November 3

Mississippi

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Temporary disability due to COVID-19, including being at higher risk of contracting the virus, is considered an approved excuse. Otherwise, you need an accepted excuse.

  • Accepted excuses:
    • You will be away from your county on Election Day for any reason
    • You are a student, teacher, or administrator at a school whose studies or employment there necessitates your absence from your county on Election Day; or you are the spouse or dependent thereof
    • You have a temporary or permanent physical disability that renders you unable to vote in person without substantial hardship
    • You are the parent, spouse, or dependent of a person with a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside of their county of residence or more than fifty (50) miles away, and you (the parent, spouse or dependent) will be with that person on Election Day
    • You are sixty-five (65) years of age or older
    • You will be unable to vote in person because you are required to be at work on Election Day during the times at which the polls will be open
    • You are a member, spouse, or dependent of the congressional delegation
    • You are a disabled war veteran (or spouse or dependant of such a person) in a hospital
    • You are a member (or spouse or dependant of such a person) of the Merchant Marine or American Red Cross

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By 12:00 PM October 4
  • By Mail: Postmarked October 5

To request an absentee ballot

  • Earliest you can request an absentee ballot is Sep 4
  • No deadline specified. Ballot must be received, completed, and returned before Nov 2 5PM CST

To vote absentee in-person

  • You can vote absentee-in-person starting Sep 21 until 5:00 PM Oct 31 (assuming you meet the requirements)
  • No deadline specified. Ballot must be received, completed, and returned before Nov 2 5PM CST

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Absentee ballots will be available on Sep 21. Ballots will be mailed within 1 business day of receiving completed application.
  • By mail: Completed ballot must be postmarked Nov 3 and received by Nov 10
  • In person: Received by 5:00 PM November 2
  • Ballot Tracking: Is dependent by county.

Missouri

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Mail-in ballots are available to all voters, but these ballots have to be notarized. Absentee ballots require an accepted excuse and must be notarized, except in two cases listed below

  • Accepted excuses:
    • You will be absent from your voting jurisdiction on Election Day.
    • You are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, or primarily responsible for caring for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability (No notary required).
    • You are restricted by religious belief or practice.
    • You are employed as or by an Election Day authority at a location other than your polling place.
    • You are incarcerated, but have retained all your voting qualifications.
    • You are a program participant in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program.
    • For an election that occurs during the year 2020, you have contracted or are in an at-risk category for contracting or transmitting COVID-19. (No notary required)
      • Voters who are considered at-risk for contracting or transmitting COVID-19 are those who:
        • Are 65 years of age or older
        • Live in a long-term care facility
        • Have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
        • Have serious heart conditions
        • Are immunocompromised
        • Have diabetes
        • Have chronic kidney disease and are undergoing dialysis
        • Have liver disease.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • By October 7

To request an absentee ballot

  • Starting September 22 until 5:00 PM on October 13

To vote absentee in-person

  • You can vote absentee in person if you meet the excuse requirements starting September 22 and ending on November 2

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Expect to receive ballot on or after September 22
  • All ballots must be received by 7:00PM on November 3
  • Absentee ballots (with reason) can be retruned by mail or in person to your local election office
  • Mail-in ballots (without reason) must be mailed they can not be dropped off.
  • Ballot tracking is per county

Montana

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Montana does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: 8:00 PM November 3
  • Online: 8:00 PM October 6
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 5
  • Election Day Registration: If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote at your county election office through close of polls on Election Day, except between noon and 5:00 p.m. the day before the election. You'll have to register at the office of your Local Election Office, not at a polling place. Photo ID or proof or residency is required.

To request an absentee ballot

  • Request by 12:00 PM November 2
  • Ballots are mailed to electors on the list on October 9

To vote absentee in-person

  • October 5 - November 2

To vote early

  • October 5 - November 2

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 8:00 PM November 3

Nebraska

Polls close 8:00 PM CT / 7:00 PM MT Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Nebraska does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By close of day on October 16 (DMV or other State Agencies)
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 16
  • Online: By October 16
  • In the Election Office: By 6:00 PM Oct 23

To request an absentee ballot

  • Received by October 23

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • Oct 5 - Nov 2

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Counties will begin sending early ballots September 28
  • By 8:00 PM / 7:00 PM CT November 3

Nevada

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Nevada does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting. The county or city clerk, shall prepare and distribute to each active registered voter a sample ballot and mail ballot for the election.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By October 6
  • By Mail: Postmarked October 6
  • Online: October 29
  • Election Day Registration and Voting

To request an absentee ballot

  • Received by 5:00 PM October 20

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 17 - October 30

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • In Person: By 7:00 PM November 3
  • By Mail: Postmarked by November 3 and Received by the clerk not later than 5:00 PM on November 10.

New Hampshire

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Due to COVID-19, all New Hampshire voters are able to vote absentee by selecting “I am unable to vote in person due to concern for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)” on the application for absentee/mail-in voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • By October 27
  • Voters may register at the polls on election day.

To request an absentee ballot

  • By 5:00 PM November 2

To vote absentee in-person

  • No deadline listed but recommends requesting ballot 3 to 4 weeks in advance.

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 5:00 PM November 2

New Jersey

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

New Jersey does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • By October 13

To request an absentee ballot

  • In Person: By 3:00 PM November 2
  • By Mail: Received by October 27

To vote absentee in-person

  • By 3:00 PM November 2

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • In Person: By 8:00 PM November 3
  • By Mail: Postmarked by November 3 and received by 8:00 PM November 5

New Mexico

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

New Mexico does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 31
  • Online: October 6
  • By Mail: October 6

To request an absentee ballot

  • By 5:00 PM October 20

To vote absentee in-person

  • October 6 - November 2

To vote early

  • October 17 - October 31

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 7:00 PM November 3

New York

Polls close 9:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

All New York voters can vote by mail due to the risk of contracting the coronavirus. You can select “Temporary illness or disability” as the reason for your request.

Some ballots were distributed with incorrect names and addresses. CHECK THE INFORMATION ON YOUR BALLOT. If it is incorrect, your ballot will not be counted.

  • Accepted excuses:
    • Absent from your county or, if a resident of New York City absent from the five boroughs, on Election Day.
    • Unable to appear at the polls due to temporary or permanent illness or disability (temporary illness includes being unable to appear due to risk of contracting or spreading a communicable disease like COVID-19).
    • Unable to appear because you are the primary care giver of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled.
    • A resident or patient of a Veterans Health Administration Hospital.
    • Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 9
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 9 and received by October 14

To request an absentee ballot

  • In Person: By November 2
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 27

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 24 - November 1

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • In Person: By November 3
  • By Mail: Postmarked by November 3 and received by November 10. Military ballots must be received by November 16

North Carolina

Polls close 7:30 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

If you had been barred from voting because of inability to make fee payments, you may now be able to vote.

North Carolina does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • By October 9
  • If you are not registered, you may register at one-stop sites (early voting sites) during the early voting period. Upon completion of registration, you can immediately vote at that same one-stop site. This process is known as same-day registration. Bring identification. One-Stop Early Voting

To request an absentee ballot

  • Completed form must be received by 5:00 PM October 27

To vote absentee in-person

  • October 15 - October 31

To vote early

  • October 15 - October 31

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 5:00 PM November 3

North Dakota

Polls close 9:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

North Dakota does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting. Certain counties in North Dakota are vote-by-mail, in which case a blank ballot is automatically sent to voters 40-50 days before the election. In counties that are not vote-by-mail, you must apply for an absentee ballot.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • North Dakota does not have voter registration. You simply need to bring valid proof of ID and residency to the polls in order to vote.

To request an absentee ballot

  • By October 27

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 15 - October 31

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • In Person: Received by November 2
  • By Mail: Postmarked by November 3

Ohio

Polls close 7:30 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Ohio does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 5
  • By Mail: October 5
  • Online: October 5

To request an absentee ballot

To vote absentee in-person

  • October 6 - November 2

To vote early

  • October 6 - November 2

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • In Person: Received by 7:30 PM November 3
  • By Mail: Postmarked by November 2 and received by November 13

Oklahoma

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Oklahoma does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 9
  • Online: October 9
  • By Mail: October 9

To request an absentee ballot

  • Starting now until 5:00 PM October 27

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 29 - October 31

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Expect ballots to arrive around October 2
  • By 7:00 PM November 3

Oregon

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Oregon does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting. Everyone who is registered gets a mail-in ballot automatically. The absentee request form is only for those who will be away from their home address

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 13
  • By Mail: October 13
  • Online: October 13

To request an absentee ballot

  • By October 29

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • In Person: By 8:00 PM November 3
  • By Mail: Postmarked by November 3 and received by November 6
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Pennsylvania

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Pennsylvania does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Some ballots were distributed with incorrect names and addresses. CHECK THE INFORMATION ON YOUR BALLOT. If it is incorrect, your ballot will not be counted.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 19
  • By Mail: October 19
  • Online: October 19

To request an absentee ballot

  • By 5:00 PM October 27

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • Some counties are attempting to set up early voting sites but currently none are established.

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 8:00 PM November 3

Rhode Island

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Rhode Island does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 4
  • By Mail: Postmarked October 4
  • Online: October 4
  • Election Day Registration: You may register in person on Election Day at your local Board of Canvassers but only for Presidential elections.

To request an absentee ballot

  • Request accepted now until the final submit time of 4:00 PM October 13

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 14 - 4:00 PM November 2

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Ballots will be mailed out on or around Oct 5
  • In Person / Mail: Completed ballot must be received in an authorized dropbox or to the board of elections by 8:00 PM Nov 3
  • Dropbox locations

South Carolina

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

SC voters need a witness signature for absentee ballots.

All voters are eligible to vote absentee using the “State of Emergency” excuse on the absentee ballot application.

  • Accepted excuses:
    • You may vote by absentee ballot in South Carolina if you will be away from the county of your residence on Election Day and one of the following:
      • You are a student away at college (or a spouse or dependent residing with the student)
      • You are serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organization (USO) and are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces (or a spouse or dependent residing with such a person)
      • You are a government employee (or a spouse or dependent residing with such a person)
      • You are on vacation
      • You live overseas
    • You may vote by absentee ballot in South Carolina whether or not you will be away from the county of your residence if:
      • You are physically disabled
      • Your job prevents you from voting
      • You are a certified poll watcher, poll manager, or county election official and you will be working on Election Day
      • You are attending to sick or physically disabled persons
      • You have been admitted to the hospital as an emergency patient on day of election or at least four days prior to Election Day
      • There has been a death or funeral in your family within three days before Election Day
      • You are on jury duty in state or federal court on Election Day
      • You are 65 or older
      • You are confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
      • You are a member of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marines (or a spouse or dependent residing with such a person)

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By October 2 or October 4 if your county is open for registration on the weekends
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 5
  • Online or Fax: By October 4

To request an absentee ballot

  • By October 30

To vote absentee in-person

  • October 5 - 5:00 PM November 2

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • To ensure your absentee ballot counts:
    • Sign the voter's oath on the return envelope.
    • Have a witness sign and provide address. Any other person can be a witness.

South Dakota

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By 5:00 PM October 19
  • By Mail: Received by 5:00 PM October 19

To request an absentee ballot

  • From now until 5:00 PM November 2

To vote absentee in-person

  • September 18 - November 2

To vote early

  • September 18 - November 2

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Ballots will begin being mailed out on September 18
  • In person: Returned by 7:00 PM November 3 or in a drop box if your county has one (no map at the current time)
  • By mail: Must be received by 7:00 PM November 3

Tennessee

Polls close 8:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM CT Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 is currently not accepted as an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting in Tennessee.

  • Accepted excuses:
    • 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 but outside the county of registration
    • You will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court
    • You are 60 years of age 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 the 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 Election Day commission
    • You will be observing a religious holiday which prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day
    • You or your spouse possess a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and you 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 are a member of the military or an overseas citizen
    • A 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 five days before Election Day and signed under the penalty of perjury
    • You reside in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside the voter's county of residence.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 5
  • By Mail: October 5
  • Online: October 5

To request an absentee ballot

  • By October 27

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 14 - October 29

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 8:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM CT November 3

Texas

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 is currently not accepted as an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting for all voters in Texas.

  • Accepted excuses:
    • You are 65 years or older
    • You are disabled
    • You will be out of the county on Election Day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance
    • You are confined in jail, but otherwise eligible, or certified for participation in the address confidentiality program

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By October 5
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 5

To request an absentee ballot

  • By October 23

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Postmarked by November 3 and Received by 5:00 PM November 4

Utah

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

As of 2020, all counties in Utah will conduct vote-by-mail elections. County clerks will mail ballots between October 13 and October 27.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By October 27 in clerk's office, but may also register during early vote and on November 3, however, individuals must vote by provisional ballot if they:
    • Register online or in person between October 21 and October 27
    • Register during early voting
    • Register on November 3
  • By Mail: Received By 5:00 PM October 23
  • Online: October 27
  • Election Day Registration: An individual who is not registered to vote may register to vote and vote, on election day or during the early voting period described in Section 20A-3-601, by voting a provisional ballot, if:
    • The individual is otherwise legally entitled to vote the ballot
    • The ballot is identical to the ballot for the precinct in which the individual resides
    • The information on the provisional ballot form is complete
    • The individual provides valid voter identification and proof of residence to the poll worker

To request an absentee ballot

  • By October 28

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 20 - October 30

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 8:00 PM November 3

Vermont

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Vermont voters will automatically receive ballots prior to the upcoming election.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: November 3 (You must show proof of residence to register at the polls)
  • By Mail: Received by November 3
  • Online: By November 3, but if you register online the day before or on Election Day, your application may not be processed and your name may not appear on the checklist and you may be asked to fill out another application at the polls. To be sure your name appears on the checklist, please register by October 30.
  • Election Day Registration: You can register to vote on November 3 at your polling place. You must show proof of residence to register at the polls.

To request an absentee ballot

  • By 5:00 PM November 2

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • You can get an early voting ballot starting October 14. The completed ballot must be returned to your county clerk's office no later than Nov 2, before close of business. You can also return your completed ballot to your local polling place on election day no later than 7PM

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 5:00 PM November 2 at county clerk's office or returned to polling place by 7:00 PM November 3

Virginia

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Virginia does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By October 12
  • By Mail: Postmarked by October 12
  • Online: By October 12

To request an absentee ballot

  • By 5:00 PM October 23

To vote absentee in-person

  • September 18 - October 31

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • In Person: By 7:00 PM November 3
  • By Mail: Postmarked on or by November 3 or sent by expedited delivery service must be received by the General Registrar in order to be counted. It must be received by the 6th, but it must be postmarked on or before election

Washington

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Washington uses a vote-by-mail system for all elections, so all registered voters will automatically receive a ballot in the mail at least 18 days before the election.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: By November 3
  • By Mail: Received by October 26
  • Online: By October 26
  • Election Day Registration: Individuals may register to vote in their county auditor's office, the division of elections if in a separate city from the county auditor's office, a voting center, or other location designated by the county auditor in his or her county of residence no later than 8:00pm on November 3. The registration process and requirements for registering on November 3 are the same as for filling out a paper registration form or the online form.

To request an absentee ballot

  • Washington uses a vote-by-mail system for all elections, so all registered voters will automatically receive a ballot in the mail by October 16

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • Starts October 16

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • By 8:00 PM November 3

West Virginia

Polls close 7:30 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

An excuse is normally required for absentee/mail in voting, but all voters may choose the reason “Illness, injury or other medical reason which keeps me confined” on their request form for the November 3rd General Election due to COVID-19.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: October 13
  • By Mail: October 13
  • Online: October 13

To request an absentee ballot

  • From now until October 28

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • October 21 - October 31 at your courthouse. Some counties have additional locations.

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Expect to receive ballot after September 18th
  • Hand delivered: 5PM on November 2
  • Mail: Postmarked by November 3 and received by November 9

Wisconsin

Polls close 8:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Wisconsin does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: Wisconsin allows same-day voter registration.
  • By Mail: October 14
  • Online: October 14

To request an absentee ballot

  • Request by October 29

To vote absentee in-person

  • N/A

To vote early

  • Varies by county

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • Received by November 3 at 8:00 PM
Wisconsin allows students to use University ID's to vote.

Wyoming

Polls close 7:00 PM Nov 3.

COVID-19 Information

Wyoming does not require an excuse for absentee/mail-in-voting.

Deadlines

To register to vote

  • In Person: November 3
  • By Mail: October 19
  • Online: N/A

To request an absentee ballot

To vote absentee in-person

  • Some counties allow voting between September 18 and November 2

To vote early

  • N/A

To return your completed absentee ballot

  • In person or by mail: Received By November 3 at 7:00 PM, some counties may have drop boxes.
  • Ballot tracking not available statewide, contact local officials.