MAIL-IN BALLOT

In most cases, anyone, for any reason, can register to receive their ballot and make their vote entirely by mail (absentee ballot).

Absentee Ballot Deadlines & Application Links

Last updated on January 13, 2018
StateAbsentee Ballot Application DeadlineVoted Absentee Ballot is Due
AlabamaReceived 5 days before Election Day.Postmarked by the day before Election Day (by mail).

Received by 5:00 p.m. on the day before Election Day (in person).

AlaskaReceived 10 days before Election Day.Postmarked by Election Day.
ArizonaReceived by 5:00 p.m. two Fridays before Election Day.Received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
ArkansasReceived 7 days before Election Day (by mail or fax).
Received by close of business the day before Election Day (in person).
Received by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day (by mail).
Received by close of business the day before Election Day (in person).
CaliforniaReceived 7 days before Election Day (by mail, phone, or online).

By Election Day (in person).

Received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Ballots that are postmarked by Election Day and delivered within 3 days of Election Day will also be counted.

ColoradoAll registered Colorado voters receive mail ballots. To receive an absentee ballot, you simply need to turn in your voter registration application eight days before Election Day.Received by the close of polls on Election Day.
ConnecticutNo specific deadline. Absentee ballots will be issued starting thirty-one days before Election Day. We recommend applying at least one month before Election Day.Received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
DelawareReceived by 12:00 p.m. the day before Election Day.Received by the close of the polls on Election Day.
District of ColumbiaReceived 7 days before Election Day.Received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
FloridaReceived by 5:00 p.m. six days before Election Day.Received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
GeorgiaVoters can apply for an absentee ballot starting 180 days before Election Day. Applications must be received by the Friday before Election Day.Received by the close of polls on Election Day.
HawaiiYou can request an absentee ballot or permanent absentee ballot any time before 4:30 p.m. 7 days before Election Day.Received by the close of polls on Election Day.
IdahoReceived by 5:00 p.m. 11 days before Election Day (by mail).

Received by 5:00 p.m. the Friday before Election Day (in person).

Received by 5:00 p.m. the Friday before Election Day (in person).

Received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (by mail).

IllinoisReceived 5 days before Election Day (by mail).
Received by the day before Election Day (in person).
Received by the close of polls on Election Day.
IndianaReceived by 11:59 p.m. 8 days before Election Day.Received by noon on Election Day.
IowaReceived by 5:00 p.m. 10 days before Election Day for general elections and 11 days before Election Day for all other elections (by mail).

Received by 5:00 p.m. the day before Election Day (by mail).

Received by the time the polls close on Election Day or postmarked by the day before Election Day and received by noon on the Monday after Election Day.
KansasReceived by 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday before Election Day.Received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
KentuckyReceived by the Tuesday before Election Day.Received by 6:00 p.m. on Election Day.
LouisianaReceived by 4:30 p.m. 4 days before Election Day (most voters).

Received by 4:30 p.m. on Election Day (hospitalized voters).

Received by 4:30 p.m. the day before Election Day (most voters).

Received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (hospitalized voters).

MaineReceived 3 business days before Election Day.

You may be able to apply for an absentee ballot after this deadline if you sign an application stating you will be unexpectedly absent from the municipality on Election Day, are physically disabled, are a resident of a coastal island, or have an incapacity or illness that prevents you from leaving your home or treatment facility.

Received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
MarylandReceived the Tuesday before Election Day (to have your ballot mailed or faxed to you).

Received the Friday before Election Day (to download your ballot online).

Received by the close of the polls on Election Day (in person).

Received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (in person).

Postmarked by Election Day and received by 10:00 a.m. on the 2nd Friday after Election Day (by mail).

MassachusettsReceived by noon the day before Election Day – but highly recommended that you apply at least one month before Election Day.Received by the close of polls on Election Day.
MichiganReceived by 2:00 p.m. the Saturday before Election Day.Received by the close of polls on Election Day.
MinnesotaNo specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least one month before Election DayReceived by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (by mail).

Received by 3:00 p.m. on Election Day (in person).

MississippiBallots may be requested at any time within 45 days of Election Day. We recommend requesting your ballot at least one month before Election Day.Received by 5:00 p.m. the day before Election Day (by mail).

Received by noon two days before Election Day (in person).

MissouriReceived by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before Election Day (by mail or fax).

Received by 5:00 p.m. on the day before Election Day (in person).

By the close of the polls on Election Day.
MontanaReceived by noon the day before Election Day.Received by the close of polls on Election Day.
NebraskaReceived by the close of business two Fridays before Election Day. (This is 11 days before Election Day for Tuesday elections.)Received by the close of polls on Election Day.
NevadaReceived by 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday before Election Day.Received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
New HampshireNo specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least one month before Election Day.Received by 5:00 p.m. on Election Day (by mail or if delivered by a family member).

Received by 5:00 p.m. the day before Election Day (in person).

New JerseyReceived 7 days before Election Day (by mail).

Received by 3:00 p.m. the day before Election Day (in person).

Received by the close of the polls on Election Day.
New MexicoReceived by 5:00 p.m. the Friday before Election Day.Received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
New YorkPostmarked 7 days before Election Day (by mail).

Received by the day before Election Day (in person).

Postmarked the day before Election Day and received no later than 7 days after Election Day (by mail).

Received by close of polls on Election Day (in person).

North CarolinaReceived by 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday before Election Day.

(If you discover after the deadline that you expect to be unable to vote on Election Day due to illness, you can apply in person for an absentee ballot anytime before 5:00 p.m. the day before Election Day.)

Postmarked by Election Day and received by 5:00 p.m. 3 days after Election Day (by mail).

Received by 5:00 p.m. on Election Day (in person).

North DakotaNo specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least one month before Election DayPostmarked by the day before Election Day (by mail).

Received by Election Day (in person or by fax).

OhioReceived by noon the third day before Election Day.Received by noon the third day before Election Day (by mail).

Received by 6:00 p.m. the Friday before Election Day (in person.)

OklahomaReceived by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday before Election Day.Received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
OregonAll Oregon elections are held by mail-in ballot. If you are registered to vote, you will receive a ballot by mail two to three weeks before Election Day. If you do not receive your ballot, you should contact your local election official.Received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
PennsylvaniaReceived by 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday before Election Day.Received by 5:00 p.m. the Friday before Election Day.
Rhode IslandReceived by 4:00 p.m. 21 days before Election Day.Received by the close of the polls on Election Day.
South CarolinaReceived by 5:00 p.m 4 days before Election Day (by mail, fax, or email).

Received by 5:00 p.m. the day before Election Day (in person).

Received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, either in person or by mail.
South DakotaReceived by 5:00 p.m. the day before Election Day, whether delivering in person, by mail, fax or email. You can begin absentee voting 46 days before Election Day.Received by the close of polls on Election Day.
TennesseeReceived seven days before Election Day.Received by the close of polls on Election Day.
TexasReceived by 11 days before Election Day.Postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day and received by 5:00 p.m. the day after Election Day (by mail).

Received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day (in person).

UtahReceived the Tuesday before Election Day.Postmarked by the day before Election Day (by mail) or received on Election Day (in person).
VermontReceived by 5:00 p.m. or the close of the town clerk’s office on the day before Election Day.Received by the close of polls on Election Day, either in person or by mail.
VirginiaReceived by 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday before Election Day (by mail, fax, email, or online).

Received 3 days before Election Day (in person).

Received by the close of polls on Election Day.
WashingtonAll Washington elections are held by mail. All registered Washington voters are mailed a ballot at least 18 days before Election Day.Postmarked no later than Election Day or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
West VirginiaReceived 6 days before Election Day.Postmarked by Election Day or received no later than the day after Election Day (by mail).

Received no later than the day before Election Day (in person).

WisconsinReceived by 5:00 p.m. the Thursday before Election Day.Received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. (The U.S. Postal Service recommends absentee ballots be mailed one week before Election Day to arrive in time.)
WyomingReceived by the day before Election Day.Received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, either in person or by mail.