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Absentee ballot application submission options

As of 2020, there are 5 states that hold all elections by mail: this means that mail-in ballots are automatically mailed to all registered voters for every election. These states are Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. For the November 3, 2020 election, 4 additional states (California, Colorado, Nevada, and New Jersey) and the District of Columbia will also be automatically mailing ballots to all registered voters.

In all other states, you need to sign up to vote by mail (also called “absentee voting”). This is similar to registering to vote: first you fill out a form, then your Local Election Office processes the form, and then your Local Election Office mails you your mail-in ballot. This process is often slow and time consuming. The fastest way to sign up is online, but most states don’t have an online signup option.

The table below shows the ways that you can submit your absentee ballot application to your Local Election Office.

StateIn personMailFaxEmailOnlineOfficial online ballot request tool
Alabama
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Alabama ballot request tool
Alaska
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Alaska ballot request tool
Arizona
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Arizona ballot request tool
Arkansas
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Arkansas ballot request tool
California
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
California ballot request tool
Colorado
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Colorado ballot request tool
Connecticut
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Connecticut ballot request tool
Delaware
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Delaware ballot request tool
District of Columbia
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
District of Columbia ballot request tool
Florida
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Florida ballot request tool
Georgia
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Georgia ballot request tool
Hawaii
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Hawaii ballot request tool
Idaho
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Idaho ballot request tool
Illinois
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Illinois ballot request tool
Indiana
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Indiana ballot request tool
Iowa
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Iowa ballot request tool
Kansas
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Kansas ballot request tool
Kentucky
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Kentucky ballot request tool
Louisiana
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Louisiana ballot request tool
Maine
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Maine ballot request tool
Maryland
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Maryland ballot request tool
Massachusetts
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Massachusetts ballot request tool
Michigan
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Michigan ballot request tool
Minnesota
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Minnesota ballot request tool
Mississippi
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Mississippi ballot request tool
Missouri
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Missouri ballot request tool
Montana
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Montana ballot request tool
Nebraska
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Nebraska ballot request tool
Nevada
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Nevada ballot request tool
New Hampshire
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
New Hampshire ballot request tool
New Jersey
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
New Jersey ballot request tool
New Mexico
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
New Mexico ballot request tool
New York
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
New York ballot request tool
North Carolina
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
North Carolina ballot request tool
North Dakota
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
North Dakota ballot request tool
Ohio
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Ohio ballot request tool
Oklahoma
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Oklahoma ballot request tool
Oregon
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Oregon ballot request tool
Pennsylvania
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Pennsylvania ballot request tool
Rhode Island
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Rhode Island ballot request tool
South Carolina
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
South Carolina ballot request tool
South Dakota
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
South Dakota ballot request tool
Tennessee
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Tennessee ballot request tool
Texas
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Texas ballot request tool
Utah
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Utah ballot request tool
Vermont
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Vermont ballot request tool
Virginia
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Virginia ballot request tool
Washington
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Washington ballot request tool
West Virginia
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
West Virginia ballot request tool
Wisconsin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Wisconsin ballot request tool
Wyoming
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Wyoming ballot request tool