DemDaily: Absentee Voting!

September 30, 2016

There are three main categories of voter participation in the US, all of which vary from state-to-state with regard to options, requirements and deadlines:

Traditional Voter Registration: Individuals who have registered to vote under their state's requirements (by party or open) and cast their ballot election day.

Early Voting: Where individuals have the option to vote in advance of election day, usually within 30 days, by mail or in person at a designated polling location.

Absentee Voting: Where an individual knows in advance they will be "absent" from their registered state of residence, and must request an absentee ballot to send in by mail before the election.

Absentee voting was first established in 1864 in nineteen states to allow Union troops in service to vote away from home, and is now an accepted option for voting in all US states.

30 states allow for no-excuse (no required reason) absentee voting, while 20 states require a valid or documented excuse when applying for a ballot.

Voting by mail has shown to increase voter participation significantly and there is a growing movement to make all forms of voting available by mail in each state. Three states - Colorado, Oregon, and Washington - have switched to mail-in ballots for all registered voters and mail voter's ballots automatically in advance of election day.

Absentee Voting: State-By-State Deadlines
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline
(By Mail)
Absentee Ballot Due Date
Alabama* November 3 November 8
Alaska October 29 November 8
Arizona October 28 November 8
Arkansas* November 1 November 8
California November 1 November 8
Colorado Sent Automatically November 8
Connecticut* None. Recommend by October 9 November 8
Delaware* November 4 November 8
District of Columbia November 1 November 8
Florida November 2 November 8
Georgia November 4 November 8
Hawaii November 1 November 8
Idaho October 28 November 8
Illinois November 3 November 8
Indiana* October 31 November 8
Iowa November 4 November 7
Kansas November 4 November 8
Kentucky* November 1 November 8
Louisiana* November 4 November 7
Maine November 3 November 8
Maryland November 1 November 8
Massachusetts* November 7 November 8
Michigan* November 5 November 8
Minnesota November 7 November 8
Mississippi* November 5 November 7
Missouri* November 2 November 8
Montana November 7 November 8
Nebraska October 28 November 8
Nevada November 1 November 8
New Hampshire* November 7 November 8
New Jersey November 1 November 8
New Mexico November 4 November 8
New York* November 1 November 7
North Carolina November 1 November 8
North Dakota November 7 November 8
Ohio November 5 November 7
Oklahoma November 2 November 8
Oregon Sent Automatically November 8
Pennsylvania* November 1 November 4
Rhode Island* October 18 November 8
South Carolina* November 4 November 8
South Dakota November 7 November 8
Tennessee* November 1 November 8
Texas* October 28 November 8
Utah November 3 November 7
Vermont November 7 November 8
Virginia* November 1 November 8
Washington Sent Automatically November 8
West Virginia* November 2 November 8
Wisconsin November 3 November 8
Wyoming November 7 November 8
* Requires "valid excuse" for absentee voting
Those voting from overseas are subject to the laws of the US state where they are registered to vote. For information, visit Democrats Abroad and Federal Voting Assistance Program.
For more state-by-state voter deadlines and details, go to the DemList National Calendar.
We encourage all state directors, organizations, unions and candidates to submit your voter registration drives, phone banks, campaign and fundraising events to the Calendar.
38 Days to go. Get Out and VOTE!
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Kimberly Scott

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