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What To Do If Your Ballot Never Arrived

You might be worried about how to cast your vote this year:

  • If you requested a mail-in ballot, and it never arrived.
  • If you lost your mail-in ballot.
  • If you haven't sent in your mail-in ballot yet, please hand-deliver it now. We do not advise using the US Postal Service this close to Election Day.

    • Use our Where To Vote tool to find a ballot dropbox.
    • You can also hand-deliver your mail-in ballot to your Local Election Office (except for Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee). Or call them for more information.

Don't panic – in most states you can still vote. Check below for the rules in your state.

StateBackup voting options
Alabama

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote a provisional ballot.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you will need to sign a written statement. After you do this, you may vote a provisional ballot.
Alaska

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you may still vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker that your ballot did not arrive. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Arizona

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot at your poll place.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your mail-in ballot. After you do this, you may vote a provisional ballot.
Arkansas

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you must give your mail-in ballot to the poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you can vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and then vote a provisional ballot.
California

If you requested a mail-in ballot or automatically received a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.
Colorado

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you should give your ballot to a poll worker. After you do this, you may vote a in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your mail-in ballot. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Connecticut

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot at a poll place.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and vote a provisional ballot.
Delaware

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you may give it to a poll worker to be destroyed, although you are not required to do so. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can go to your voting place and let the poll worker know. They will call the county clerk and they will need to wait until the county clerk can electronically reject your by-mail ballot.
District of Columbia

If you requested a mail-in ballot or automatically received a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you may give it to a vote center worker to be destroyed, although you are not required to do so. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can go to your voting place and let the vote center worker know and then vote in person.
Florida

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, the poll worker will need to verify that your by-mail ballot has not been returned. Once this has been confirmed, you may vote in person. If they are unable to confirm, you may have to vote a provisional ballot.
Georgia

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your by-mail ballot. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Hawaii

If you requested a mail-in ballot or automatically received a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you may give it to a vote center worker to be destroyed, although you are not required to do so. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can go to your voting place and let the vote center worker know and then vote in person.
Idaho

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your by-mail ballot. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Illinois

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you must give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in-person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can sign an affidavit at you voting location and then vote a provisional ballot.
Indiana

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you may be asked to sign an affidavit. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Iowa

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in-person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.
Kansas

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have received your mail-in ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.
Kentucky

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, contact your local elections office for more information.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your by-mail ballot. You will then sign an oath. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Louisiana

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you may still vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your by-mail ballot. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Maine

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you should return your mail-in ballot to your clerk before going to vote in person. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your by-mail ballot. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Maryland

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have received your mail-in ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.
Massachusetts

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you may still vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your by-mail ballot. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Michigan

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you must give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can sign an affidavit. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Minnesota

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you may still vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your by-mail ballot. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Mississippi

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can bring it before October 31, 2020 to your circuit clerk to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person on Election Day.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot OR you can not return your mail-in ballot until November 1, 2020 or later, you can sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot.
Missouri

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot you can vote a provisional ballot.
Montana

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, contact your Local Election Office before going to vote in person
Nebraska

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have received your mail-in ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.
Nevada

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give take it to a vote center worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot you can sign an affidavit. After you do this, you may vote in person.
New Hampshire

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you may still vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your by-mail ballot. After you do this, you may vote in person.
New Jersey

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you may vote a provisional ballot.
New Mexico

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you will need to sign an affidivit. After doing so, you may still vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you will need to sign an affidivit. After doing so, you may still vote in person. Note: you may also instead pick up a replacement absentee ballot at your poll place.
New York

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you may vote still vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and vote in person.
North Carolina

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options

  • If you received you mail-in ballot, you may still vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your by-mail ballot. After you do this, you may vote in person.
North Dakota

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you received you mail-in ballot, you may give your mail-in ballot to a poll worker to be destroyed, although you are not required to do so. After you do this, you can vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your by-mail ballot. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Ohio

If you want to vote in person during early voting, you may give your mail-in ballot to a poll worker to be destroyed, although you are not required to do so. After you do this, you can vote in person.

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you received your mail-in ballot, you may give your mail-in ballot to a poll worker to be destroyed, although you are not required to do so. After you do this, you can vote in person on Election Day using a provisional ballot.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot you may inform the poll worker and vote using a provisional ballot.
Oklahoma

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options:

  • If you have received your mail in ballot, you must give your mail-in ballot to poll worker to be destroyed and you will be required to sign an affidavit. After you do this, you can vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and you will be required to sign an affidavit. After you do this, you can vote in person.
Oregon

If you requested a mail-in ballot or automatically received a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options

  • If you received your mail-in ballot, you may go to a vote center with your mail-in ballot and vote using a privacy booth
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, contact your local election office.
Pennsylvania

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to a poll worker to be destroyed and you must sign an affidavit. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you will be allowed to vote with a provisional ballot.
Rhode Island

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have received your mail-in ballot, you may go to your poll place and vote a provisional ballot
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you will be allowed to vote with a provisional ballot.
South Carolina

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have received your mail-in ballot, you must give your mail-in ballot to you county election official to be destroyed. After you do this, you can vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, contact your local election office.
South Dakota

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to an election official before November 3, 2020 to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person early.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your by-mail ballot. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Tennessee

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you may vote a provisional ballot.

Texas

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and sign an affidavit. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Utah

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day or the early voting period, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker. After you do this, you may vote a provisional ballot.
Vermont

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, you can give it to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you may vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and sign an affidavit. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Virginia

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have received your mail-in ballot, you must give your mail-in ballot to you county election official to be destroyed. After you do this, you can vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you will be allowed to vote with a provisional ballot.
Washington

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have received your ballot, you may give your mail-in ballot to a vote center worker to be destroyed, although you are not required to do so. After you do this, you can vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the voter center worker and they can electronically reject your by-mail ballot. After you do this, you may vote in person.
West Virginia

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have received your mail-in ballot, you must give your mail-in ballot to you county election official to be destroyed. After you do this, you can vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you will be allowed to vote with a provisional ballot.
Wisconsin

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have received your mail-in ballot, you can let the poll worker know that you have received a ballot but would prefer to vote in person. You may then vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can inform the poll worker and they can electronically reject your by-mail ballot. After you do this, you may vote in person.
Wyoming

If you requested a mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in person during early voting OR on Election Day, you have two options.

  • If you have received your mail-in ballot, you must give your mail-in ballot to a poll worker to be destroyed. After you do this, you can vote in person.
  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you will be allowed to vote with a provisional ballot.