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Vote-by-mail submission options

Last updated: July 3, 2020

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

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