Vote By Mail

This chart covers all states where no excuse is needed to vote by mail.

Last updated: June 18, 2018

State VBM (no excuse) VBM Request Deadline Ballot Return Deadline
Alabama No
Alaska Yes 10 days before Election Day Postmarked on or before Election Day
Arizona Yes Second Friday prior to an election Received by Election Day
Arkansas No
California Yes Received 7 days before Election Day or in person If mailed must be postmarked by Election Day and received no later than 3 days after
Colorado All Voters Mailed a Ballot All Voters Mailed a Ballot

In addition to mailing ballot, voters can drop off ballot at voter service and polling centers starting 15 days prior to Election Day or surrender the mail ballot and vote in person.

Must be received by County Clerk by 7pm on Election Day.
Connecticut No
Delaware No
District of Columbia Yes 7 days before election Received by the Board no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day
Florida Yes 6th day before Election Day or in person through Election Day Received no later than 7pm on Election Day
Georgia Yes 4 days prior to Election Day (typically Friday before Election Day). Close of polls on Election Day
Hawaii Yes 7 days before Election Day Close of polls at 6:00 pm on Election Day
Idaho Yes 11 days prior to the Election Day At the polling place up until 5 p.m. the Friday before the election if in person; received by Election Day if by mail
Illinois Yes 5 days before Election Day or in person 1 day prior to Election Day Postmarked by Election Day
Indiana No
Iowa Yes Same as the voter registration deadline by statute (5pm 10 days before General; 5pm 11 days before other elections) Received by Election Day or Postmarked by Monday before Election Day and received the Monday following Election Day
Kansas Yes Received by 5pm on Tuesday prior to Election Day Post-marked on or before Election Day and received no more than three days after Election Day; in-person by Election Day
Kentucky No
Louisiana No
Maine Yes 3 business days prior to Election Day 8pm on Election Day
Maryland Yes 7 days before Election Day if want ballot mailed or faxed; 4 days before Election Day if you want to download ballot from website
Massachusetts No
Michigan No
Minnesota Yes Any time, but “leave time for election officials to mail your ballot and for you to return it before Election Day” Received by Election Day (if in person, then by 3pm)
Mississippi No
Missouri No
Montana Yes Received by 12pm the day before Election Day (that late would need to pick up or return in person) 8pm on Election Day
Nebraska Yes Close of business on the 2nd Friday preceding the election Must arrive by the closing of the polls on Election Day
Nevada Yes Received no later than 5pm, 7 days prior to Election Day Received by 7pm on Election Day
New Hampshire No
New Jersey Yes Received 7 days prior to the Election Day if you want the ballot mailed to you; by 3pm the day before the election if you apply in person with the County Clerk. Close of polls on Election Day
New Mexico Yes Received by 5pm on Friday before Election Day Return Deadline: 7pm on Election Day
New York No
North Carolina Yes 5pm on Tuesday prior to Election Day Received by 5pm on Election Day or Postmarked by Election Day and received by 5pm on 3rd day following Election Day
North Dakota Yes No specific deadline Returned deadline: Postmarked by day prior to Election Day
Ohio Yes 3 days before Election Day If mailed, must be postmarked by day before Election Day or in person by close of polls on Election Day.
Oklahoma Yes 5pm on Wednesday prior to the Election Day 7pm on Election Day
(If your absentee ballot is mailed to you, you must return it to the county election board by mail.)
Oregon All Voters Mailed a Ballot All Voters Mailed a Ballot Must be received by 8pm on Election Day. In addition to mailing ballot, voters can drop off ballot at any official drop box across the state.
Pennsylvania No
Rhode Island Yes 4pm on the 21st day before Election Day. Received by 8pm on Election Day.
South Carolina No
South Dakota Yes 5pm the day before Election Day 5pm the day before Election Day
Tennessee No
Texas No
Utah Yes Received by Tuesday before Election Day Postmarked the day before Election Day, or returned in person at a polling location on Election Day
Vermont Yes 5pm or by the close of the town clerk’s office on the day before Election Day Received by close of polls on Election Day
Virginia No
Washington All Voters Mailed a Ballot All Voters Mailed a Ballot Must be postmarked no later than Election Day or returned to a ballot drop box by 8pm on Election Day.
West Virginia No
Wisconsin Yes 5pm on Thursday before Election Day (mailed); 7pm on Friday before Election Day if in person 8pm on Election Day
Wyoming Yes 1 day prior to Election Day 7pm on Election Day

 

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