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2020 vote by mail deadlines

Voting by mail and voting by absentee ballot are the same thing. And neither is as hard as people think. There are only three steps:

  • Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline
  • Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS
  • Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline

We also have state-by-state rules for voting by mail.

If you have any questions about voting by mail in your state, please contact your Local Election Office. If anything on this page is incorrect, please send an email to error@voteamerica.com.

Vote by mail
StateFirst day to apply2020 application deadline2020 voted ballot deadline
Alabama

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 29, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 29, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 2, 2020
Alaska

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 24, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 24, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 24, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Arizona

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 23, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 23, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 23, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Arkansas

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
California

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 27, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Colorado

Anytime.

  • In person: Received by October 26, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 26, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Connecticut

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • By mail: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Delaware

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 30, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 30, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 30, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
District of Columbia

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 27, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Florida

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 24, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 24, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 24, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Georgia

June 3, 2020

  • In person: Received by December 31, 2020
  • By mail: Received by December 31, 2020
  • Online: Received by December 31, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by January 5, 2021
  • Returned by mail: Received by January 5, 2021
Hawaii

Anytime.

  • In person: Received by October 27, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Idaho

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 23, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 23, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 23, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Illinois

June 16, 2020

  • In person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 29, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Indiana

May 19, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 22, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 22, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 22, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Iowa

July 6, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 24, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 24, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 2, 2020
Kansas

August 5, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 27, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Kentucky

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 9, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 9, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 9, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Louisiana

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 30, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 30, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 30, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 2, 2020
Maine

August 5, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 30, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 29, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 29, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Maryland

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 20, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 20, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 20, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Massachusetts

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 28, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 28, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 28, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Michigan

August 20, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 30, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 30, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 30, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Minnesota

January 1, 2020

  • In person: N/A
  • By mail: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Online: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Mississippi

September 4, 2020

  • In person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • By mail: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: N/A
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Missouri

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 21, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 21, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: N/A
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Montana

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • By mail: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Nebraska

July 6, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 23, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 23, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Nevada

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 20, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 20, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
New Hampshire

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • By mail: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
New Jersey

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
New Mexico

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 20, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 20, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 20, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
New York

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
North Carolina

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 27, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
North Dakota

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • By mail: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 2, 2020
Ohio

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 31, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 2, 2020
Oklahoma

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 27, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Oregon

Anytime

  • In person: Received by October 27, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 29, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Pennsylvania

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 27, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Rhode Island

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 13, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 13, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
South Carolina

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 24, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 24, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
South Dakota

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • By mail: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Tennessee

August 5, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 27, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 27, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: N/A
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Texas

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 23, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 23, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Utah

Anytime

  • In person: Received by October 23, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 23, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 23, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 2, 2020
Vermont

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • By mail: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Online: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 2, 2020
Virginia

November 3, 2019

  • In person: Received by October 23, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 23, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 23, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Washington

Anytime

  • In person: Received by October 26, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 26, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
West Virginia

August 11, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 28, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 28, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 28, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Wisconsin

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by October 29, 2020
  • By mail: Received by October 29, 2020
  • Online: Received by October 29, 2020
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020
Wyoming

January 1, 2020

  • In person: Received by November 2, 2020
  • By mail: Received by November 2, 2020
  • Online: N/A
  • Dropped off in person: Received by November 3, 2020
  • Returned by mail: Received by November 3, 2020