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Ballot Curing Rules

Ballot curing is the process of fixing any problems with your absentee or mail ballot to ensure that your vote is counted. You will have very little time to fix issues with your ballot, so act quickly.

  1. Use your state's online ballot tracking tool to check whether your ballot has been received and counted. If your state does not have an online tool, call your local election office and ask.
  2. If your absentee ballot was rejected and it's before Election Day, you can probably still vote in person on Election Day at your polling place. Your local election office can provide more information about the rules around voting in-person after your ballot was rejected.
  3. If your ballot was rejected and it's after Election Day, you will need to act quickly. In most cases you will need to appear in person at your local election office with photo ID within 2-3 days of Election Day.

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Alabama

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Alaska

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Arizona

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Arizona law says, "Election officials shall make reasonable efforts to contact the voter, advise the voter of the inconsistent signature, and allow the voter to correct or the county to confirm the inconsistent signature."

Arizona law says, "Voters have until the fifth business day after an election to correct a signature."

Arkansas

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

California

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

California law says, "Voters of ballots with mismatching signatures are notified a minimum of eight days prior to certification of the election."

California law says, "Voters have until 5 p.m. two days prior to certification of the election to provide a signature verification statement in person. If a voter fails to sign the absentee ballot envelope, they have until 5 p.m. on the 8th day after the election to submit an unsigned ballot statement."

Colorado

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Colorado law says, "Voters of ballots with missing/mismatching signatures are notified by mail within three days (or within two days after the election) of any discrepancy."

Colorado law says, "A confirmation form accompanying the letter must be returned to the county clerk and recorder within eight days after Election Day to count."

Connecticut

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Delaware

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

District of Columbia

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

The DC Board of Elections will let you know if there is an issue with your mail-in ballot. (Citation needed)

Florida

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Florida law says, "County election supervisors shall notify any voter whose signature is missing or doesn’t match records."

Florida law says, "Voters may cure ballots until 5 p.m. on the second day after the election."

Georgia

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Georgia law says, "If ballot is rejected, the voter is promptly notified of rejection."

Georgia law says, "The voter then has until 3 days after the election to submit voter ID in conjunction with an affidavit confirming the ballot was in fact theirs in order to cure the ballot."

Hawaii

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Hawaii law says, "Local election officials shall make an attempt to notify the voter by first-class mail, telephone or electronic mail to inform the voter of the procedure to correct the deficiency."

Hawaii law says, "The voter shall have five business days after the date of the election to cure the deficiency."

Idaho

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Illinois

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Illinois law says, "Voters are notified by mail of rejected ballot within two days of rejection."

Illinois law says, "Voters have until 14 days after election to resolve issue with county election authority."

Indiana

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Iowa

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Iowa law says, "If a ballot affidavit is incomplete or absent, the commissioner must notify the voter within 24 hours."

Iowa law says, "A voter may vote a replacement ballot until the day before the election or vote at the voter’s precinct polling place."

Kansas

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Kentucky

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Louisiana

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Maine

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Maryland

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Massachusetts

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Massachusetts law says, "Prior to Election Day, the voter is notified and, if sufficient time allows, sent a new ballot if an affidavit signature is absent or the ballot is rejected for other reasons."

Massachusetts law says, "Voter can submit a new absentee ballot.". Unfortunately there is no way to fix issues with your ballot once Election Day has passed.

Michigan

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Minnesota

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Minnesota law says, "If a ballot is rejected more than five days before Election Day a replacement ballot is mailed; if rejected within five days, election officials must contact the voter via telephone or email to provide options for voting a replacement ballot."

Minnesota law says, "Voter can request a replacement absentee ballot.". Unfortunately there is no way to fix issues with your ballot after Election Day has passed.

Mississippi

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Missouri

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Montana

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the ones on your ballot application and voter registration form. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Montana law says, "Election administrators shall notify voters of missing or mismatched signatures."

Montana law says," Voters have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to cure their ballot."

Nebraska

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Nevada

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Nevada law says, "Local election officials shall notify voters of missing or mismatched signatures."

Nevada law says, "Voters have until the seventh day after the election to resolve the issue."

New Hampshire

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

New Jersey

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

New Jersey law says, "Within 24 hours after a ballot is rejected, county board of election must issue a cure letter informing voter of the rejection."

New Jersey law says, "The voter may cure the deficiency by completing a cure form and returning to county board of election not later than 48 hours prior to final certification of election results."

New Mexico

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

New York

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

North Carolina

Your voted ballot must be signed by a witness or it will not be counted.

North Dakota

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Ohio

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Ohio law says, "Notice is mailed to voters whose ballots were rejected."

Ohio law says, "Voters have until the seventh day after the election to resolve issue."

Oklahoma

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Oregon

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Oregon law says, "County clerks notify voters by mail of any signature absence or discrepancy."

Oregon law says, "Voters must complete and return the certified statement accompanying the notice by the 14th day after the election for their ballot to count."

Pennsylvania

Your voted ballot will not be counted if it's not inside the "secrecy envelope." If you submit a "naked ballot," your vote will be rejected.

Rhode Island

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Rhode Island law says, "Local board of canvassers is responsible for notifying voters by mail, email or phone."

Rhode Island law says, "Voters have until seven days after Election Day to correct a deficiency.

South Carolina

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

South Dakota

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your ballot application. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Tennessee

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Texas

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Utah

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Utah law says, "Election officials notify voters of ballot rejection in one to two business days if rejected before Election Day; seven days if rejected on Election Day; and seven days if rejected between Election Day and the end of official canvas."

Utah law says, "Voters must sign a new affidavit statement provided by the clerk’s office and return by 5 p.m. the day before the official canvass (7-14 days after Election Day)."

Vermont

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Virginia

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Washington

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Washington law says, "Voters notified by mail of rejected ballots due to missing/mismatching signature statements."

Washington law says, "Voter must sign and return a curing statement before election certification (21 days after Election Day). Three days before certification, county auditors must attempt to contact by phone any voters with outstanding ballots to be cured."

West Virginia

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Wisconsin

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.

Wyoming

Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your voter registration. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.