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