Vote Now – Absentee, Vote by Mail, Early Voting and Voter Registration

“Our collective self-rule is established and fostered through free, fair, accessible, and secure elections through which the voice of every eligible American is heard.”

Election Day Tuesday November 6 

Inform

The structure and complexity of voting in America varies widely. States have moved past limiting your ability to vote on the day of the election.  Take advantage of these choices and vote now. I’ve posted how in each of the 51 states.  Please forward to friends and family members living in any of the states below.

Military Families and Overseas Citizen Voters

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members,  and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so – from anywhere in the world. It provides these citizens with the tools for registration and absentee voting for each and every state.

Register To Vote

The deadlines are upon us. Volunteer for a registration drive  in your church, neighborhood or community center. Encourage and support children, grandchildren, and other young adults 18 or older to do the same. You must register if you’ve moved to a new state. The traditional way is in-person or by mail. The National Voter Registration Form can be completed and mailed to your local election office. Specific state directions are included for voter registration by mail. Many states offer other choices:

Online voter registration is used by multiple states in which a voter fills out a form via an Internet site, and that paperless form is submitted electronically to election officials.

Same-day voter registration enables voters to register and vote at the same time. Same-day registration is sometimes referred to as Election Day registration.

Automatic voter registration  Eligible voters are automatically registered to vote whenever they interact with government agencies (e.g., departments of motor vehicles). Eligible voters are registered by default, although they may request not to be registered.

Vote Now

Absentee Voting:  All states will mail an absentee ballot to certain voters who request one. The voter may return the ballot by mail or in person. In 20 states, an excuse is required, Some states offer a permanent absentee ballot list: once a voter asks to be added to the list, s/he will automatically receive an absentee ballot for all future elections. New Jersey is doing this presently. 

Vote By Mail: Twenty seven states and the District of Columbia permit any qualified voter to vote absentee without offering an excuse. Some states call this vote by mail, while others still refer to it as absentee ballot.

In Person Absentee Voting:  These states  allow a voter to apply in person for an absentee ballot ,  and cast that ballot in one trip to an election official’s office.

Early In-Person Voting Period: Any qualified voter may cast a ballot in person during a designated period prior to Election Day. No excuse or justification is required

Mail Voting: A ballot is automatically mailed to every eligible voter (no request or application is necessary). In-person voting sites may also be available for voters who would like to vote in-person and to provide additional services to voters. Three states mail ballots to all eligible voters for every election. Other states may provide this option for some types of elections.

Online Resources 

One-stop websites include Vote.org  whose toolset currently includes a voter registration tool, an absentee ballot tool, and tool that helps you verify your voter registration status, and a stand-alone election reminders too. Ballotpedia is an bottomless resource of voting and elections in America. VoteRiders is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a mission to ensure that all citizens are able to exercise their right to vote. It informs and helps citizens to secure their voter ID.  Nonprofit VOTE provides official voting information directly from your state’s elections website.  Lastly, the National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan nongovernmental organization (NGO) which provides absentee and early voting information.

Respond

Alabama 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration ,in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: 15 days before Election Day (Oct 22) or up to and including Election Day at your County Elections office.

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required  Also has In Person Absentee Voting

Alaska

Register To Vote:
Has online registration. , in addition to by mail or in person. It also offers automatic voter registration. Deadline: 30 days before Election Day. (Oct 7)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary
Early In-Person Voting Period:  15 days before Election Day: about Oct 22.  

Arizona 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person.  Deadline: 29 days before Election Day (Oct 8)

Vote Now:
Ballot by Mail No Excuse Necessary
Early In-Person Voting Period: begins 26 days before Election Day : about Oct 11. 

Arkansas

Register To Vote:
Citizens must register to vote by mail or in person. Deadline: 30 days before Election Day (October 7)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required
Early In-Person Voting Period:  begins 15 days before Election Day: about Oct 22. 

California

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person.  Also has same day and automatic voter registration. Deadline: 15 days before Election Day (Oct 22) or up to and including Election Day at your County Elections office.

Vote Now:
Vote by MailNo Excuse Necessary
Early in-Person Voting Period:  varies by county 

Colorado

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person.  Also has same day and automatic voter registration. Deadline: In person up to Election Day. Mail and online deadline: 8 days before Election Day. (Oct 29)

Vote Now:

Mail Voting: A ballot is automatically mailed to every eligible voter (no request or application is necessary). The 22 day voting period starts October 15
Early In-Person Voting Period:  7 days before Election Day: about Oct 30.

Connecticut 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person.  Also has same day and automatic voter registration. Deadline: 7 days before Election Day. (Oct 30)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required Also offers In Person Absentee Voting 

Delaware 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: Fourth Saturday before Election Day

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required  Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

District of Columbia

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail and in person. Also has same day and automatic voter registration. In Person: Election Day .  Mail and online deadline: Received by 4:45 pm on the 21st day before  Election Day. (Oct 16)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary
Early In-Person Voting Period: begins 15 days before Election Day: about Oct 22.

Florida

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person.  Deadline: 29 days before Election Day (Oct 8)

Vote Now:
Vote By MailNo Excuse Necessary
Early In-Person Voting Period:  begins 10 days before Election Day: about Oct 27. 

Georgia

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Also has automatic voter registration. Deadline: the fifth Monday before Election Day (Oct 8)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary
Early In Person Voting Period:  begins the 4th Monday before Election Day: about Monday Oct 15

Hawaii 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Also has same day voter registration. Deadline: 29 days before Election Day. (Oct 8)  In person: up to Election Day

Vote Now
Vote By MailNo Excuse Necessary

Early In-Person Voting Period:  begins two Tuesdays before Election Day: about Oct 23.

Idaho 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Also has same day voter registration. Deadline: In person: up to Election Day. By mail and online: 25 days before Election Day. (Oct 12)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary
Early In-Person Voting Period: begins the 3rd Monday before Election Day: October 22  or earlier based on county

Illinois

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Also has same day and automatic voter registration. Deadline: In person: up to Election Day. By mail and online: 28 days before Election Day. (Oct 9)

Vote Now:

Vote by Mail No Excuse Necessary  In Person Absentee Voting
Early In-Person Voting Period: Begins 15 days before Election Day: about Oct 22. 

Indiana

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: 29 days before Election Day (Oct 8)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required
Early In-Person Voting Period: begins 28 days before Election Day or later based on county

Iowa

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Also has same day voter registration. Deadline: In Person and Online: 10 days before Election Day (Oct 27)  and by mail 15 days before Election Day. (Oct 22) If you miss these deadlines, you can also register to vote on Election Day

Vote Now:
Absentee Voting By Mail Ballot, No Excuse Necessary Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

Kansas

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: 21 days before Election Day. (Oct 16)

Vote Now:
Advance Voting Ballot No Excuse Necessary

Early In Person Voting Period:  varies by county from one week to 20 days before Election Day: from about Oct 17-30.

Kentucky

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: 29 days before Election Day.(Oct 8)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

Louisiana 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: 30 days before Election Day. (Oct 7)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required
Early In Person Voting Period: begins 14 days before Election Day: about Oct 23 or later depending on county

Maine

Register To Vote:
Citizens must register to vote by mail or in person. Has same day voter registration. Deadline: 21 days before Election Day (Oct 16)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

Maryland 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Also has same day and automatic voter registration Deadline: 21 Days before Election Day (Oct 16)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary
Early In-Person Voting Period: begins the second Thursday before Election Day: about Oct 25

Massachusetts 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Also has  automatic voter registration. Deadline: 20 days before Election Day (Oct 17)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required
Early In-Person Voting Period:  Begins11 business days before Election Day: about October 22

Michigan 

Register To Vote:
Citizens must register to vote by mail or in person. Deadline: 30 days before Election Day (Oct 7)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required

Minnesota 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Also has same day voter registration. Deadline: 21 days before Election Day (Oct 16) or in person on Election Day

Vote Now:
Vote By Mail No Excuse Necessary Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

Mississippi 

Register To Vote:
Citizens must register to vote by mail or in person. Deadline: 30 days before Election Day (Oct 7)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required 

Missouri  

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person.  Deadline: the 4th Wednesday before Election Day

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required

Montana 

Register To Vote:
Citizens must register to vote by mail or in person. Has same day voter registration. Deadline: 30 days before Election Day (Oct 7)  or by Election Day if in person.

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary  Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

Nebraska

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person.  Deadline: In Person 11 days before Election Day, (Oct 26) By mail and online: 18 days before Election Day (Oct 19)

Vote Now:
Early Voting Ballot Has In Person Absentee Voting

Nevada 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: In Person and Online: 21 days before Election Day (Oct 16) By Mail: 31 days before Election Day (Oct 6)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary
Early in-Person Voting Period: October 20 – November 2

New Hampshire

Register To Vote:
Citizens must register to vote by mail or in person Has same day voter registration. Deadline: In Person: Election Day, by Mail: 10 days before Election Day (Oct 27)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required

New Jersey 

Register To Vote:
Citizens must register to vote by mail or in person.  Has automatic voter registration. Deadline: 21 days before Election Day (Oct 16)

Vote Now:
Vote By Mail Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

New Mexico

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: 28 days before Election Day (Oct 9)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary
Early in-Person Voting: Third Saturday before Election Day: October 20

New York 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: 25 days before Election Day (Oct 12)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required  Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

North Carolina

Register To Vote:
Citizens must register to vote by mail or in person. Has same day voter registration. Deadline: 25 days before Election Day (Oct 12)  or register and vote at the same time during Early Voting

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary.  Also offersIn Person Absentee Voting

North Dakota 

Register To Vote:
North Dakota is the only state without a formal voter registration procedure. You just need to bring proof of  ID and residency to the polls.

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary
Early in-Person Voting Period:  October 29 – Nov 2 but varies by county

Ohio 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: 30 days before Election Day (Oct 7)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary  Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

Oklahoma 

Register To Vote:
Citizens must register to vote by mail or in person. Deadline: 25 days before Election Day (Oct 12)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

Oregon

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Also has  automatic voter registration. Deadline: 21 days before Election Day. (Oct 16)

Vote Now:
Mail Voting: A ballot is automatically mailed to every eligible voter (no request or application is necessary).

Pennsylvania

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: 30 days before Election Day.(Oct 7)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required

Rhode Island

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Has automatic voter registration. Deadline: 30 days before Election Day (Oct 7)

Vote Now:
Mail Ballot ,  No Excuse Necessary

South Carolina 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: 30 days before Election Day. (Oct 7)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

South Dakota

Register To Vote: Citizens must register to vote by mail or in person. Deadline: 15 days before Election Day (Oct 22)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary  Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

Tennessee 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: 30 days before Election Day (Oct 7)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required
Early in-Person Voting Period: begins 20 days before Election Day: about October 17 

Texas 

Register To Vote:
Citizens must register to vote by mail or in person. Deadline: 30 days before Election Day (Oct 7)

Vote Now:
Ballot by Mail , Excuse Required
Early in-Person Voting Period: begins 17 days before Election Day: about October 20

Utah

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Also has same day voter registration. Deadline: In Person and Online: 7 days before Election Day (Oct 30) By Mail: 30 days before Election Day (Oct 7)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary
Early in-Person Voting Period: begins 14 days before Election Day: about October 23

Vermont

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Also has same day and automatic voter registration. Deadline: Election Day

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

Virginia 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Deadline: 22 days before Election Day (Oct 15)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required Also offers  In Person Absentee Voting

Washington 

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Also has same day and automatic voter registration. Deadline: In Person: 8 days before Election Day By Mail (Oct 29) or Online: 29 days before Election Day.(Oct 8)

Vote Now:
Mail Voting: A ballot is automatically mailed to every eligible voter (no request or application is necessary). The 18 day voting period starts October 19. 

West Virginia  

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Has automatic voter registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day (Oct 16)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, Excuse Required (a third party link as state site link is down)
Early in Person Voting 13 days before Election Day: about October 24. 

Wisconsin

Register To Vote:
Has online registration, in addition to by mail or in person. Also has same day voter registration. Deadline: In Person: Election Day, By Mail or Online: 20 days before Election Day (Oct 17)

Vote Now:
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

Wyoming

Register To Vote:
Citizens must register to vote by mail or in person. Has same day voter registration. Deadline: In Person: Election Day, by Mail: 14 days before Election Day (Oct 23)

Vote Now
Absentee Ballot, No Excuse Necessary Also offers In Person Absentee Voting

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