DemDaily: Cast Your Vote Early

Over the last two decades, multiple states have embraced new electronic voting systems, as well as methods for early voting.

Whether instituted voluntarily, by legislation, electoral mandate, or from pressure by advocacy and voting rights groups -- the end result has been an increase in early voting in Presidential elections -- from 7% in 1992 to 32% in 2012.

Early Voting is the process by which individuals vote in advance of the scheduled election day - usually by mail or in person at a designated polling location.

The goal of early voting is to increase voter participation, to remove barriers to voting for the handicapped, seniors and those constrained by work, and to minimize the crowds at polling stations.

Early Voting/In-Person: is allowed "without excuse" (no required reason) in 34 U.S. States and in the District of Columbia.

The starting dates are different for each state, but most begin within 30 days of election day, allowing voters to cast their ballot at designated polling locations before the election.

Early Voting is different from Absentee Voting - which is a separate voting method (usually by mail) for individuals who do not anticipate being in their state of residence on election day (Coming this Friday: DemDaily on Absentee Voting!).

Early Vote in Your State
Early Voting Period
By Mail
Alabama N/A No No
Alaska Oct 24-Nov 8 Yes No
Arizona Oct 12-Nov 7 Yes No
Arkansas Oct 24-Nov 7 Yes No
California Varies by County Yes No
Colorado October (upon receipt of mail ballot) Oct 24-Nov 8 Yes
Connecticut N/A No No
Delaware N/A No No
District of Columbia Oct 22-Nov 4 Yes No
Florida Oct 29-Nov 5 Yes No
Georgia Oct 17-Nov 7 Yes No
Hawaii Oct 25-Nov 5 Yes No
Idaho Oct 24-Nov 4 Yes No
Illinois Sept 29-Nov 7 Yes No
Indiana Oct 11-Nov 7 Yes No
Iowa Sept 29-Nov 7 Yes No
Kansas Nov 1-Nov 8 Yes No
Kentucky N/A No No
Louisiana Oct 25-Nov 1 Yes No
Maine Oct 10-Nov 7 Yes No
Maryland Oct 27-Nov 3 Yes No
Massachusetts Oct 24-Nov 4 Yes No
Michigan N/A No No
Minnesota Sep 23-Nov 7 Yes No
N/A No No
Missouri N/A No No
Montana Oct 10-Nov 7 Yes No
Nebraska Oct 3-Nov 7 Yes No
Nevada Oct 22-Nov 4 Yes No
New Hampshire N/A No No
New Jersey Varies by County Yes Yes
New Mexico Oct 12-Nov 7 Yes No
New York N/A No No
North Carolina Oct 20-Nov 5 Yes No
North Dakota Varies by County Yes Varies by County
Ohio Oct 12-Nov 7 Yes No
Oklahoma Nov 3-Nov 5 Yes No
October (upon receipt of mail ballot)
No Yes
Pennsylvania N/A No No
Rhode Island N/A No No
South Carolina N/A N/A No
South Dakota Sep 24-Nov 7 Yes No
Tennessee Oct 19-Nov 3 Yes No
Texas Oct 24-Nov 4 Yes No
Utah Oct 25-Nov 4 Yes Varies by County
Vermont Sept 23-Nov 7 Yes No
Virginia N/A No No
Washington October(upon receipt of mail ballot) Oct 21-Nov 7 Yes
West Virginia Oct 26-Nov 5 Yes No
Wisconsin Varies by County Yes No
Wyoming Sept 23-Nov 7 Yes No
 If there are any updates or changes to this information, please let us know!
Those voting from overseas are subject to the laws of the US state where they are registered to vote.  For more information, visit the Democrats Abroad and Federal Voting Assistance Program websites.
For more voter deadlines and details, go to the DemList National Calendar & to your State Page!
We encourage all state directors, organizations, unions and candidates to submit your voter registration drives, phone banks, campaign and fundraising events to the Calendar for free promotion and coordination.
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