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Absentee and Advance/Early Voting

Advanced and Early Voting

Advanced Voting starts 45 days before an election and Early Voting is 21 day before an election. Absentee Ballots may be requested 180 days in advance of an election, however, the ballot may not be issued to the voter until the first day of Advanced Voting. During Advanced/Early Voting, voters have the ability to cast a ballot at an Early Voting location in their county. Contact your county for Advanced/Early Voting locations and information.

Each voter may cast ONE ballot per election, and if the ballot is cast absentee or advance/early, the voter will not cast a ballot at their regular poll location on Election Day. Advanced and Early Voting locations are not active on Election day. See Elections & Registration for Election Day information.

Absentee (by mail) Voting

A voter who requests an absentee ballot by mail is not required to provide a reason why he or she is voting absentee.

You may request an absentee ballot as early as 180 days before an election. Absentee ballots must be received by the county board of registrars' office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. No absentee ballots are issued on the day before or the day of an election. You may download an application for official absentee/advance ballot and mail it or fax it to your county board of registrars' office. The application must be in writing and contain the address to which the ballot is to be mailed, sufficient information to identify you as a voter, and the election in which you wish to vote - no reason is required when requesting an absentee ballot by mail. If you are physically disabled or living temporarily outside your county of residence, a close relative may apply for an absentee ballot for you.

Applications for absentee ballots by uniformed or overseas voters (pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) can be accepted more than 180 days prior to a primary or election in which a federal candidate appears on the ballot as well as for any runoffs resulting therefrom including presidential preference primaries for two general elections.

May I receive assistance with my absentee ballot?

A physically disabled or illiterate voter may receive assistance from another voter in the same county or municipality or from the same category of relatives who can make an application for or deliver an absentee ballot. If the voter is outside of the county or municipality, then a notary public can provide such assistance. Any person who assists another person to vote absentee must complete an oath prescribed by law demonstrating the statutory disability and that the ballot was completed as the voter desired. Other than federal elections, no person may assist more than ten voters in a primary, election, or runoff. A candidate on the ballot, or a relative of a candidate on the ballot, may not offer assistance during the election to any voter who is not related to the candidate.

Download an absentee ballot application