Are You Worried About Mailing Your Mail-In Ballot? You Don’t Have To.

[NOTE: State-specific information on how to check your voter status, request mail-in ballots, and find important election deadlines can be found for all 50 states at the bottom of this article.]

Recent revelations about the goings-on at the United State Postal Service have shaken the nation and have had a definite impact on the upcoming election. So much so that President Trump recently seemed to encourage his supporters in North Carolina to vote twice, once by mail and once in person, in a haphazard and illegal attempt, to “test” voting security.

Yes, US democracy has really become this strange..

After it became public last month that newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy caused substantial delays in mail delivery because of his changes to USPS leadership, elimination of overtime, removal of mail sorting machines, reduction of public post boxes, and changes to postal delivery protocol, many Americans have rightfully started to worry about how to vote in the 2020 election.

Worse yet, this week an investigation by the USPS’ inspector general reported a tangible decrease in on-time delivery of election and political mail specifically since 2018.

Why is this all so important?

See, you may not have heard, but we’re in the middle of a pretty bad pandemic. Gathering in long lines, often indoors, touching the same buttons and machines as many others, and generally congregating for long periods of time, are currently frowned upon by the medical community. And yet these are all likely outcomes of voting in person on Election Day. So, many Americans like you have expressed the desire to vote by mail.

Yet, these changes at USPS have many worried that their ballot won’t be delivered in time to be counted.

Well, you may be surprised to learn that you don’t actually have to mail your mail-in or absentee ballot. I’ll explain.

HAVE YOU REQUESTED YOUR MAIL-IN A BALLOT YET?

For this article to have any use, you actually have to have requested a mail-in or absentee ballot. If you haven’t, these websites make requesting your absentee or mail-in ballot easy:

VOTE SAVE AMERICA: https://votesaveamerica.com/everylastvote/#text-block-wysiwyg

or

THE US VOTE FOUNDATION: https://www.usvotefoundation.org/vote/VoterInformation.htm

Are mail-in ballots secure? Yes. Check out PolitiFact’s deep dive on the security of mail-in and absentee ballots.

You can also find out state-specific links to request your mail-in ballot at the bottom of this article.

CAN I REQUEST MY MAIL IN BALLOT NEXT WEEK?

NO! I mean, yes, technically you can, but I wouldn’t wait if I were you.

This election, experts are expecting a huge uptick in the number of requests for mail-in ballots.

While the USPS has stated its confidence that it can meet demand, it has simultaneously said that it could take more than 14 days for you to receive and return your request forms and ballots (which seems to be a bit contradictory).

So the earlier you request your mail-in ballot, the more time that election offices have to prepare and make sure that everyone who wants to vote by mail will be able. So do yourself a favor, go to the links above and request your absentee or mail-in ballots now.

NOW WHAT? DROP OFF YOUR BALLOT BEFORE THE ELECTION!

Source: www.ncsl.org

At least 39 states have some form of early voting, which means voters can go in days or weeks before Election Day to avoid major lines, and vote in person. BUT, few people know that in these states you can also use the early voting polling locations to jump the lines altogether, and DROP OFF your mail-in ballot well before Election Day.  (You’ll be able to find dates and links for your state’s early voting resources at the end of this article.)

Yep. No need to wait in line to vote in a booth. Go in with your ballot, find the secure drop box, and drop off your mail-in ballot. Quick and easy. And now your ballot is where it’s supposed to be with no anxiety about postal delays.

How do I know if my state has early voting? Visit one of the links below — but please, keep in mind that your state’s rules and voting dates may have recently changed due to the pandemic:

NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURE: https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/early-voting-in-state-elections.aspx#Early%20Voting%20Law%20Table

or

VOTE.ORG: https://www.vote.org/early-voting-calendar/

Slate just published a great rundown about the easiest ways to vote in each state in the US — here’s a hint, dropping off your ballot when early voting is an option is one of your top choices.

WHAT IF MY STATE DOESN’T HAVE EARLY VOTING?

Never fear, you still can likely avoid a long wait on Election Day. If you have completed, signed, and sealed your mail-in or absentee ballot, you can go to your polling station on November 3, skip the lines for in-person voting, and drop off your ballot. No waiting in long lines, no worry about Covid from prolonged exposure to a crowd. Put your ballot in the secure voting box at your polling place on Election Day, and you are done!

So, here’s an easy way to vote without having to worry about your health or delays at USPS. However, if you can’t or don’t want to vote early or vote by mail, I just ask that you go and vote. Elections are important, and voting is both a right and a responsibility no matter how hard our states make it.

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HOW TO CHECK YOUR VOTING STATUS AND VOTE IN ALL 50 STATES:

Alabama

Check registration status here

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 19, 2020

How to Register: You can register online here. You can also register to vote using the Alabama voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local Board of Registrars. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 19, 2020.

Early Voting: Not available

Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot: Varies by county. Check here.

Alaska

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Sun Oct 4, 2020

How to Register: Register online here. You can also register to vote using the Alaska voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Early Voting: Not available

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot:
Request for Online or Fax Ballot by Mon Nov 2, 2020 5:00PM AKST

Deadline to Return Completed Absentee Ballot:
Email or Fax by Tue Nov 3, 2020

In-Person Absentee Voting: Oct 19, 2020 – Nov 1, 2020

Arizona

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Oct 5th 2020. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Friday, October 23, 2020.

How to Register: Register online here. You can also register to vote using the Arizona voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12 p.m.,

Deadline to Request/ Return an Absentee Ballot: Application must be (Received by) Friday, October 23, 2020.

Arkansas

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 5, 2020. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

How to Register: Arkansas does not offer online voter registration. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote in person is Monday, October 5, 2020. You can also register to vote using the Arkansas voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020.

Early Voting: Monday, October 19, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/Return Absentee Ballot: Request an absentee ballot as soon as possible. The deadline to return a ballot by mail is (received by) Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

California

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: The deadline to register to vote online or by mail is Monday, October 19, 2020. The deadline to register in-person to vote is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

How to Register: California offers voter registration online, by mail, and in person. Online voter registration is available at RegisterToVote.ca.gov. You can also request and complete a paper voter registration form and mail or hand-deliver it to your county elections official to register to vote.

Early Voting: Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/Return Absentee Ballot: Request must be received 7 days before Election Day. Voted ballots are due: Postmarked by Election Day and received within 3 days of Election Day.

Colorado

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: You can register online to vote until Monday, October 26, 2020. If you miss this deadline, you will not receive a ballot by mail, but you can still vote in person at a voter service and polling center.

How To Register: Register online or register using the Colorado voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Monday, October 26, 2020. If you miss this deadline, you will not receive a ballot by mail, but you can still vote in person at a voter service and polling center.

Early Voting: Monday, October 19, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/Return Absentee Ballot: Absentee ballots will automatically be sent to all registered voters. If you need your ballot sent somewhere other than your usual address, contact your local election official at least one month before the election so you have time to receive the ballot. Must be received by 7pm on Election Day.

Connecticut

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 27, 2020

How to Register: Register online or register using the Connecticut voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Connecticut does offer registration on Election Day at designated locations in each town. It is not available at your polling place.

Early Voting: Not Available

Deadline to Request/Return Absentee Ballot: Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Monday, November 2, 2020.

Delaware

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: October 10, 2020

How to Register: You can register online or register using the Delaware voter registration form. Send the completed form to your county election office. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Early Voting: Not Available

Deadline to Request/Return Absentee Ballot: Request an absentee ballot by completing an “Affidavit for Absentee Ballot”. Return your completed affidavit to the Department of Elections for the county in which you reside and are registered to vote. All Absentee Ballots must be received by the Department of ElectionsOffice for your county no later than the closing of the polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Florida

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020

How to Register: You can register online or register or by using the Florida voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020.

Early Voting: Saturday, October 24, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020

Deadline to Request/Return Absentee Ballot: Request must be received 10 days before Election Day. Ballot must be received by 7pm on Election Day.

Georgia

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020

How to Register: You can register online or by using the Georgia voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020.

Early Voting: Monday, October 12, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Absentee ballots may be requested any time between 180 days prior to the election and the end of the business day on the Friday before Election Day.

Hawaii

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020

How to Register: online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in Hawaii by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person.

Early Voting: October 20, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. Return your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope by November 3, 2020 by 7pm

Idaho

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Register online 25 days before Election Day. Register by mail postmarked 25 days before Election Day. Register in person 24 days before Election Day. If you miss this deadline, you may also register on Election Day. (You must show proof of residence to register at the polls on Election Day.)

How to Register: You can register online or register using the Idaho voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Friday, October 9, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote in person is Friday, October 9, 2020. You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.

Early Voting: Early voting and in-person absentee voting availability varies by county. Contact your local election office for information on early voting availability.

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. Absentee Ballot must be received 11 days before Election Day.

Illinois

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: You can register online to vote until Sunday, October 18, 2020. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

How to Register: Illinois offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in Illinois by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. After the regular voter registration deadline of Tuesday, October 6, 2020, you can register and vote in person during a grace period, which begins the day after the deadline and runs through Election day. During this grace period, you can register and vote at your local election office, a permanent polling place, at early voting sites, at some polling places on election day, and at any other location specifically designated for grace-period voting by your election authority.

Early Voting: Thursday, September 24, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible.  Online or by mail Absentee Ballots must be received 5 days before Election Day. In person Absentee Ballots must be received 1 day before Election Day.

Indiana

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020

How to Register: Indiana offers online voter registration. ou can also register to vote using the Indiana voter registration form. Send the completed form by mail (or hand-deliver it) to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote

Early Voting: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: The application to request a vote-by-mail ballot must be received not later than 11:59PM, 12-days before the election, or October 22, 2020 for the November election. County election officials must receive an absentee-by-mail ballot not later than noon (local prevailing time) on Election Day, November 3, 2020.

Iowa

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: October 24, 2020

How to Register: Register to vote online here. You can also register to vote using the Iowa voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Saturday, October 24, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.

Early Voting: Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: A registered voter may make written application to their County Auditor for an absentee ballot. A written application for a mailed absentee ballot must be received by the voter’s County Auditor no later than 5:00 p.m. 10 days before a General Election or 11 days before any other election.

Kansas

Check your registration status here.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How to Register: Kansas offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Kansas voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 13, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020 at 12 p.m

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. Voted ballots are due postmarked by Election Day and received 3 days after Election Day.

Kentucky

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline:  Monday, October 5, 2020

How to Register: Kentucky offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Kentucky voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020.You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Request ballot online here. All requests, except requests due to an emergency medical condition under KRS 117.077, are due by October 9.

Louisiana

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: You can register online to vote until Tuesday, October 13, 2020. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020.

How to Register: Louisiana offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Louisiana voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 to Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. Absentee Ballot must be received by 4:30pm, 4 days before Election Day.

Maine

Maine does not offer an online registration lookup tool. To confirm your voter registration status and details, contact your local election official.

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 19, 2020

How to Register: Maine does not offer online voter registration. You can register to vote using the Maine voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Monday, October 19, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Early Voting: Monday, October 5, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: The deadline to request an absentee ballot by telephone or online Absentee Ballot Request service is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020. Voted absentee ballots must be received by the municipal clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Maryland

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How to Register: Maryland offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Maryland voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 13, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.

Early Voting: Monday, October 26, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: The deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot is Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Absentee ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by 10am, 10 days after Election Day.

Massachusetts

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 24, 2020

How to Register: Massachusetts offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Massachusetts voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Saturday, October 24, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Saturday, October 17, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Absentee ballots must be requested in writing at least 4 business days before Election Day. For the 2020 November State Election only, ballots will need to be postmarked by Election Day and reach your local election office no later than November 6 in order to be counted.

Michigan

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 19, 2020

How to Register: Michigan offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Michigan voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 19, 2020.Michigan does offer registration on Election Day at designated locations in each town. It is not available at your polling place. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Monday, September 21, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk’s office.

Minnesota

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How to Register: Minnesota offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Minnesota voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Tuesday, October 13, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.

Early Voting: Friday, September 18, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: You can apply for a ballot any time during the year, except the day of the election. Your returned ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3, 2020) and received by your county within the next seven calendar days (November 10).

Mississippi

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020

How to Register: Mississippi does not offer online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Mississippi voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Not Available

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: It’s recommended to request your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day. Ballots must be received by 5pm, 1 day before Election Day (by mail); Received 3 days before Election Day (in person).

Missouri

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

How to Register: Missouri offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Missouri voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 7, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Not Available

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Voted ballots must be received Election Day by closing of the polls (7pm).

Montana

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 5, 2020. The deadline to register in-person to vote is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

How to Register: Montana does not offer online voter registration. You can register to vote using the Montana voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. Montana does offer registration on Election Day at the county election office (or at the location designated by the election administrator), not at a polling place.

Early Voting: Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Absentee ballots for federal/state elections are mailed to eligible voters 25 days before election day.  Absentee ballots must be received at the election office or polling place by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Nebraska

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 16, 2020

How to Register: Nebraska offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Nebraska voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Friday, October 16, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote in person is Friday, October 23, 2020.

Early Voting: Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Request must be received 11 days before Election Day. Ballots must be received on Election Day.

Nevada

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: You can register online to vote until Thursday, October 29, 2020. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

How to Register: Nevada offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Nevada voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. Nevada does offer registration on Election Day. Same-day voter registration is also available at any in-person polling place during the 14-day early voting period, which runs from Saturday, October 17, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020.

Early Voting: Saturday, October 17, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: A request to vote an absent ballot must be received by your local county election official no later than 5 p.m. on the fourteenth calendar day preceding an election. If returned in person, absent ballots must be dropped off by 7 p.m. on Election Day.  If returned by mail, absent ballots must be postmarked by Election Day.  Absent ballots that are postmarked by Election Day and received no later than 7 days after the election will be counted.

New Hampshire

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

How to Register: New Hampshire does not offer online voter registration. New Hampshire offers by-mail (absentee) registration for the November 3, 2020 General Election. You may request that your local election official mail you absentee voter registration forms and instructions. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Not available.

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: We recommend requesting your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day. Voted ballots are due by 5pm Election Day.

New Jersey

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How to Register: New Jersey does not offer online voter registration. You can register to vote using the New Jersey voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: In-person requests must be received by 3pm, the day before Election Day. By mail requests must be received 7 days before Election Day. Voted ballots are due: Postmarked by Election Day and received within 48 hours of polls closing.

New Mexico

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

How to Register: New Mexico offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the New Mexico voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Due to COVID-19, some counties may not be offering in-person registration. Please call your local election office to ask how you can register to vote in your county.

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Absentee ballot requests through the Secretary of State’s website for the 2020 General Election will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. You should mail your completed ballot back to your county clerk no later than October 27th to ensure it arrives before 7pm on Election Day.

New York

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2020

How to Register: New York offers online voter registration. ou can also register to vote using the New York voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Friday, October 9, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Saturday, October 24, 2020 to Sunday, November 1, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: You must apply online, postmark, email or fax a completed application or letter request for the General Election Absentee ballot no later than 7 days (October 27, 2020) before the election. You may return the ballot in any of the following ways: 1. Put it in the mail ensuring it receives a postmark no later than November 3rd. 2. Bringing it to the County Board of Elections Office no later than November 3rd by 9pm. 3. Bringing it to an early voting poll site between October 24th and November 1st. 4. Bringing it to a poll site on November 3rd by 9pm.

North Carolina

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2020

How to Register: North Carolina offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the North Carolina voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Friday, October 9, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Thursday, October 15, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Absentee ballots may be requested from now until the deadline – 5 p.m. October 27, 2020. The request must be received in the county board of elections office by 5 p.m. October 27. The voted ballot enclosed must be returned to the county board of elections no later than 5 p.m. on Election Day.

North Dakota

Eligible Voters are not required to register to vote in North Dakota.

Early Voting: Monday, October 19, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: It’s recommended to request your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day. Voted ballots are due: Postmarked 1 day before Election Day.

Ohio

Check your registration status here

Registration Deadline:  Monday, October 5, 2020

How to Register: Ohio offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Ohio voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: The deadline to request an absentee ballot is three days before the election in which you want to vote, but voters can submit their application any time. If mailed, absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election in order to be counted. You can also return your absentee ballot in-person to your county board of elections before the close of the polls at 7:30pm on Election Day.

Oklahoma

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Registration Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2020

How to Register: Oklahoma does not offer online voter registration. You can register to vote using the Oklahoma voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Friday, October 9, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Thursday, October 29, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is always 5 p.m. on Tuesday preceding the election. An absentee ballot must be received by the county election board by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Oregon

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Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How to Register: Oregon offers online voter registration. ou can also register to vote using the Oregon voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 13, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Oregon’s early voting is by mail. Ballot drop box sites are open 18-20 days before Election Day, depending on your area. Wednesday, October 28, 2020 is the last day ballots can be mailed. After this date, ballots must be put into a drop box.

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: If you need to change where your ballot is mailed, submit address change at least 5 days before Election Day. Voted ballots are due: Received by 8pm on Election Day.

Pennsylvania

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Registration Deadline: Monday, October 19, 2020

How to Register: Pennsylvania offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Pennsylvania voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 19, 2020.

Early Voting: September 14, 2020 to Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Mail-in and absentee ballot applications for the November 3, 2020, general election must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Voted ballots must be received by 8pm November 3, 2020.

Rhode Island

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Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 4, 2020

How to Register: Rhode Island offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Rhode Island voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Sunday, October 4, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. Rhode Island allows for same-day voter registration for the Presidential Election only. If you miss the voter registration deadline, you can register to vote on Election Day, but you will only be able to vote for President and Vice President.

Early Voting: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Request must be received by 4pm, 21 days before Election Day. Voted ballots are due: Received by 8pm on Election Day.

South Carolina

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Registration Deadline: You can register online to vote until Sunday, October 4, 2020.  To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020.

How to Register: South Carolina offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the South Carolina voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Not Available

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: The deadline to return your application is 5:00 p.m. on the fourth day prior to the election. Ballots must be received by the county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on election day.

South Dakota

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Registration Deadline: Monday, October 19, 2020

How to Register: South Dakota does not offer online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the South Dakota voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Monday, October 19, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Friday, September 18, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Request by 1 day before Election Day, but it is recommended to apply at least 7 days before Election Day. Voted ballots are due: Received Election Day.

Tennessee

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Registration Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020

How to Register: Tennessee offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Tennessee voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 to Thursday, October 29, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: You must mail your ballot in time for your county election commission to receive it no later than the close of polls on Election Day. To be processed, the application must be received by the election commission no later than seven (7) days before the election.

Texas

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Registration Deadline:  Monday, October 5, 2020

How to Register: Texas does not offer online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Texas voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: Request must be received 11 days before Election Day. Voted ballots are due: Postmarked by Election Day and received by the day after Election Day.

Utah

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Registration Deadline:  Friday, October 23, 2020

How to Register: Utah offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Utah voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Friday, October 23, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.

Early Voting: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020

Deadline to Request/return Absentee Ballot: If you need to change where your ballot is mailed, submit address change at least 7 days before Election Day. Voted ballots are due: Postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received 6 days after Election Day.

Vermont

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Registration Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020

How to Register: Vermont offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Vermont voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official

Early Voting: Monday, September 21, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/Return Absentee Ballot: All early voter absentee ballot requests must be submitted by 5 p.m. or by the close of the town clerk’s office on the day before the election. All ballots must be returned to the town clerk’s office before the close of the office on the day before the election, or to the polling place before 7 p.m. on the day of the election, in order to be counted.

Virginia

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Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How to Register: Virginia offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Virginia voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Early Voting: Friday, September 18, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020

Deadline to Request/Return Absentee Ballot: Carefully review the instructions to complete and return your ballot to your local registrar by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. If you are returning your ballot by-mail, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your registrar by noon on the third day after the election.

Washington

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Registration Deadline: Monday, October 26, 2020

How to Register: Washington offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Washington voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Monday, October 26, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. You can also register and vote on Election Day.

Early Voting: Friday, October 16, 2020 to Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Deadline to Request/Return Absentee Ballot: Voted ballots are due: Postmarked by Election Day and received 5 days after Election Day.

Washington D.C.

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Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

How to Register: Washington D.C. does not offer online voter registration. You can register to vote using the The District of Columbia voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Tuesday, October 13, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.

Early Voting: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/Return Absentee Ballot: Requests for Mail-in ballots must be received no later than the 7th day before each election. Your voted and mailed ballot must be postmarked or otherwise demonstrated to have been sent on or before Election Day, and must arrive no later than the 10th day after Election Day.

West Virginia

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Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How to Register: West Virginia offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the West Virginia voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 13, 2020. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.

Early Voting: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020

Deadline to Request/Return Absentee Ballot: The absentee ballot application must be received in your county clerk’s office by the 6th day before each election. Unless a voter is a military or overseas voter, the ballot must be mailed and postmarked by Election Day and received by the start of Canvass.

Wisconsin

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Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

How to Register: Wisconsin offers online voter registration. You can also register to vote using the Wisconsin voter registration form. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 14, 2020. ou can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.

Early Voting:  Tuesday, October 20, 2020 to Sunday, November 1, 2020

Deadline to Request/Return Absentee Ballot: Request must be received 5 days before Election Day. Voted ballots are due: Received by 8pm on Election Day.

Wyoming

Wyoming does not offer an online registration lookup tool. To confirm your voter registration status and details, contact your local election official.

Registration Deadline: The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (received by) Monday, October 19, 2020. The deadline to register in person to vote is Monday, November 2, 2020.

How to Register: Wyoming does not offer online voter registration. You can register by mail by printing and filling out the Wyoming Voter Registration Form and signing the form in the presence of a notary public. You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.

Early Voting:  Friday, September 18, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020

Deadline to Request/Return Absentee Ballot: Request must be received 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day. Voted ballots are due: Received by 7pm on Election Day.

 

Amit Thakkar

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