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A guide to registering to vote in the U.S. for eligible Stevens students.

Absentee/Mail-in Voting in the U.S.

 

If you are registered and want to vote but can't do it in person on Election Day, states call this either absentee voting or voting via mail-in ballot. The dates below show when an absentee/mail-in ballot can be requested, and by when it must be returned. To find out the exact process for your state, click the link.

 

 

 

 

State Absentee - Request Absentee - Due
Alabama 5 days before Election Day 1 day before Election Day
Alaska 1 day before Election Day Election Day
Arizona
(request from county office)
11 days before Election Day Election Day
Arkansas 7 days before Election Day Election Day
California 7 days before Election Day 3 days after Election Day

Colorado
(all ballots are mailed but you need to update your address if mailed out of state)

7 days before Election Day Election Day
Connecticut 1 day before Election Day Election Day
Delaware 1 day before Election Day Election Day
District of Columbia 7 days before Election Day Election Day
Florida 6 days before Election Day Election Day
Georgia 4 days before Election Day Election Day
Hawaii 7 days before Election Day Election Day
Idaho 11 days before Election Day Election Day
Illinois 1 day before Election Day Election Day
Indiana 8 days before Election Day Election Day
Iowa 4 days before Election Day Election Day
Kansas 4 days before Election Day Election Day
Kentucky 7 days before Election Day Election Day
Louisiana 4 days before Election Day 1 day before Election Day
Maine 5 days before Election Day Election Day
Maryland 4 days before Election Day Election Day
Massachusetts 1 day before Election Day Election Day
Michigan 3 days before Election Day Election Day
Minnesota 1 day before Election Day Election Day
Mississippi
(request from county office)
40 days before Election Day 1 day before Election Day
Missouri 6 days before Election Day Election Day
Montana 1 day before Election Day Election Day
Nebraska 11 days before Election Day Election Day
Nevada 7 days before Election Day Election Day
New Hampshire 1 day before Election Day Election Day
New Jersey 7 days before Election Day Election Day
New Mexico 4 days before Election Day Election Day
New York 7 days before Election Day 6 days after Election Day
North Carolina 7 days before Election Day Election Day
North Dakota 1 day before Election Day 1 day before Election Day
Ohio 3 days before Election Day 9 days after Election Day
Oklahoma 6 days before Election Day Election Day
Oregon 5 days before Election Day Election Day
Pennsylvania 7 days before Election Day 4 days before Election Day
Rhode Island 21 days before Election Day Election Day
South Carolina 4 days before Election Day Election Day
South Dakota 1 day before Election Day Election Day
Tennessee 7 days before Election Day Election Day
Texas 11 days before Election Day Election Day
Utah 5 days before Election Day Election Day
Vermont 1 day before Election Day Election Day
Virginia 7 days before Election Day Election Day
Washington
(all ballots are mailed but you need to update your address if mailed out of state)
not specified Election Day
West Virginia 6 days before Election Day 9 days after Election Day
Wisconsin 5 days before Election Day Election Day
Wyoming 1 day before Election Day Election Day

Early Voting?

Can you vote early in your state? Some states allow it, some allow it on a county level, some allow for "voting absentee in person" (returning an absentee ballot in person rather than mailing it in), and some only allow absentee voting by mail. Colorado and Washington both send out mail-in ballots, while in Nebraska any voter can request one, so those states allow early voting through the Vote-By-Mail (VBM). More info is available on each state's elections website.

State Early Voting?
Alabama In-person absentee
Alaska Yes 
Arizona Yes 
Arkansas Yes (Presidential elections)
California Yes 
Colorado Yes/VBM
Connecticut In-person absentee
Delaware Absentee only
District of Columbia Yes 
Florida Yes 
Georgia Yes 
Hawaii Yes 
Idaho Certain counties
Illinois Yes 
Indiana In-person absentee
Iowa Absentee only
Kansas Yes 
Kentucky Absentee only
Louisiana Yes
Maine In-person absentee
Maryland Yes 
Massachusetts Yes 
Michigan Absentee only
Minnesota In-person absentee
Mississippi Absentee only
Missouri Absentee only
Montana In-person absentee
Nebraska Yes/VBM
Nevada Yes 
New Hampshire Absentee only
New Jersey In-person absentee
New Mexico Yes 
New York Absentee only
North Carolina Yes 
North Dakota Certain counties
Ohio Yes
Oklahoma In-person absentee
Oregon VBM
Pennsylvania Absentee only
Rhode Island Absentee only
South Carolina Yes 
South Dakota Absentee only
Tennessee Yes 
Texas In-person absentee
Utah Certain counties
Vermont Yes 
Virginia In-person absentee
Washington Yes/VBM
West Virginia Yes
Wisconsin Yes
Wyoming Absentee only

Mail-In Ballot Voting in NJ

If you want to:

  • Vote early;

  • Vote but are unable to get to your polling place; or

  • Vote by mail for every election in a year or all general elections,

apply for a Mail-In Ballot.

The deadline to do so in time for Election Day is 7 days before the Election if by mail, or by 3:00 p.m. on the day before the Election if in person at your County Clerk's office. Ballots can be sent to you by mail or picked up by an "Authorized Messenger" (such as a family member) who will then bring it to you. Once you get the ballot, return it no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day for it to be counted. If you apply in person at the County Clerk's office and they give you the ballot then and there, you can, if you so choose, fill it out and give it right back to the County Clerk, who will make sure it gets to the office of the Superintendent of Elections/Commissioner of Registration and counted accordingly.

Guide Creator

This guide was originally created by Aimee Slater, Academic Outreach Librarian for Government Information and the Social Sciences, at Brandeis University.

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