Absentee Ballot Application Submission Options

Last updated: July 20, 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
AlabamaYesYesNoNo
AlaskaYesYesYesYeshttps://absenteeballotapplication.alaska.gov/
ArizonaYesYesYesYeshttps://my.arizona.vote/Early/ApplicationLogin.aspx
ArkansasYesYesNoNo
CaliforniaYesYesYesYes
ColoradoYesYesNoYes
ConnecticutYesYesNoNo
DelawareYesYesYesYeshttps://ivote.de.gov/VoterView
District of ColumbiaYesYesYesYeshttps://www.vote4dc.com/ApplyInstructions/Absentee
FloridaYesYesYesYes
GeorgiaYesYesYesYes
HawaiiYesYesNoNo
IdahoYesYesNoNohttps://elections.sos.idaho.gov/ElectionLink/ElectionLink/BeginAbsenteeRequest.aspx
IllinoisYesYesYesYes
IndianaYesYesYesYeshttps://indianavoters.in.gov/MVPHome/PrintDocuments
IowaYesYesNoNo
KansasYesYesYesNo
KentuckyYesYesNoNo
LouisianaYesYesYesNohttps://voterportal.sos.la.gov
MaineYesYesYesNohttps://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl
MarylandYesYesYesYeshttps://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration
MassachusettsYesYesYesYes
MichiganYesYesYesYeshttps://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/avapplication
MinnesotaYesYesYesYeshttps://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx
MississippiYesYesNoNo
MissouriYesYesYesYes
MontanaYesYesNoNo
NebraskaYesYesYesYes
NevadaYesYesNoNo
New HampshireYesYesYesNo
New JerseyYesYesNoNo
New MexicoYesYesNoNohttps://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/AbsenteeApplication.aspx
New YorkYesYesNoNo
North CarolinaYesYesYesYes
North DakotaYesYesYesYes
OhioYesYesNoNo
OklahomaYesYesYesYeshttps://www.ok.gov/elections/OVP.html
OregonYesYesYesYeshttps://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do
PennsylvaniaYesYesNoNohttps://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication/#/OnlineAbsenteeBegin
Rhode IslandYesYesNoNo
South CarolinaYesYesYesYes
South DakotaYesYesNoNo
TennesseeYesYesYesYes
TexasYesYesNoNo
UtahYesYesNoYes
VermontYesYesYesYeshttps://mvp.sec.state.vt.us
VirginiaYesYesYesYeshttps://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation
WashingtonYesYesNoNo
West VirginiaYesYesYesYes
WisconsinYesYesYesYeshttps://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee
WyomingYesYesYesYes

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