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2016 General Election: Early Voting Dates & Absentee Ballot Deadlines

NOTE: Absentee ballot deadlines refer to the process by which an individual may cast a ballot by mail, or in-person at a location other than the polling place on Election Day. Early voting or in-person no-excuse absentee voting = a voter is able to vote in person at an election office (or other designated location) prior to Election Day, without having to provide a reason/excuse (methods and terms vary by state). Deadlines for election materials may vary depending on in-person/mail/online submission. Timeframes may vary by local jurisdiction. Dates and deadlines may be subject to change. Contact your local election office if you have questions, or need help.

State

Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Early Voting or In Person, No Excuse Absentee Voting Timeframe

Alabama

 11/3

Ballot must be delivered in person by 11/7 or postmarked by 11/7 and received by 11/8.  N/A

Alaska

Deadline to request a mail absentee ballot is 10/29. Deadline to request absentee ballot by electronic transmission deadline is 11/7.

Deadline to return an electronic transmission ballot is 11/8. Mail absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than 11/8 and received by 11/18.

10/24 - 11/8

Arizona

10/28

11/8

 10/12 - 11/4

Arkansas

Deadline to submit an absentee ballot request via  mail, fax, or email is 11/1. Deadline to request absentee ballot in person is 11/7

 11/8

 10/24 - 11/7

California

11/1

Absentee ballot delivered in person must be received by 11/8. Mail absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than 11/8 and received by 11/11.

10/10 - 11/8

Colorado

Deadline to request to receive a ballot by mail is 11/1. Deadline to request in person pick up of ballot is 11/4.

11/8

 All mail (in person voting available 10/24 - 11/8).

Connecticut

11/7

11/8  N/A

DC

11/1

 11/8

10/29 - 11/5 (in-person absentee voting begins 10/24. Voting at early voting centers begins 10/29).

Delaware

11/7 (last day election office is required to mail absentee ballots is 11/4)

11/8   N/A

Florida

Deadline to request a mail absentee ballot is 11/2. Deadline to request absentee ballot in person is 11/8.

11/8

 10/29 - 11/5 (minimum period). Additional days of early voting may be available on any or all days during the 15th through 11th day and the last Sunday before Election Day at the discretion of county election officials. In addition to the designated early voting period, in person (no excuse) absentee voting is available through 11/7.

Georgia

11/4  11/8 10/17 - 11/4

Hawaii

11/1

11/8 10/25 - 11/5

Idaho

11/2 11/8 9/23 - 11/4

Illinois

Deadline to request mail absentee ballot is 11/3. Last day to request and vote absentee in person is 11/7.

 Ballot must be postmarked by 11/8 or have certification date prior to 11/8 and be received by 11/22. 9/29 - 11/7

Indiana

Deadline to request mail absentee ballot is 10/31. Deadline to request and vote absentee ballot in person is 11/7.

11/8 10/12 - 11/7

Iowa

11/4

 Absentee ballot delivered in person must be received by 11/7. Mail absentee ballots must be postmarked before 11/8 and received by 11/4.

9/29 - 11/8

Kansas

11/4

11/8  10/19 - 11/7

Kentucky

Deadline to request mail absentee ballot is 11/1. Deadline to request and vote absentee ballot in person is 11/7.

11/8  N/A

Louisiana

 11/4

 11/7

 10/25 - 11/1

Maine

11/3

11/8 10/9- 11/3

Maryland

Deadline to request to receive an absentee ballot via mail or fax is 11/1. Deadline to request an absentee ballot delivered via internet is 11/4. Deadline to request absentee ballot in person is 11/8.

 Absentee ballot delivered in person must be received by 11/8. Mail absentee ballots must be postmarked by 11/8 and received no later than 11/18.  Designated early voting period is 10/27- 11/3. In person (no excuse) absentee voting is available when ballots are available through Election Day.
Massachusetts 11/7 11/8

10/24 - 11/4

Michigan

Deadline to request mail absentee ballot is 11/5. Deadline to request and vote absentee ballot in person is 11/7.

11/8 N/A

Minnesota

11/8

11/8 9/23 - 11/7

Mississippi

 11/5

Deadline to receive absentee ballots is 11/7. Mail absentee ballots received on 11/8 will be counted for Presidential race only.

 N/A

Missouri

Deadline to submit absentee ballot application by mail or fax is 11/2. Deadline to request and vote absentee ballot in person is 11/7.

11/8   N/A

Montana

11/7

11/8 10/11 - 11/7

Nebraska

Deadline to request mail absentee ballot is 11/2. Deadline to vote absentee ballot in person is 11/7.

11/8 10/10 - 11/7

Nevada

11/1

11/8 10/22 - 11/4

New Hampshire

11/7 11/8  N/A

New Jersey

Deadline to request mail absentee ballot is 11/1. Deadline to request and vote absentee ballot in person is 11/7.

 11/8 9/24 - 11/7

New Mexico

11/4

11/8

10/22 - 11/5.  In addition to the designated early voting period in person (no excuse) absentee voting is available from 10/11 - 11/5.

New York

Deadline to submit absentee ballot application by mail (postmark) is 11/1. Deadline to request absentee ballot in person is 11/7.

Absentee ballot delivered in person must be received by 11/8. Mail absentee ballot must be postmarked by 11/7 and received no later than 11/15.

N/A  

North Carolina

10/14

Absentee ballot delivered in person must be received by 11/8. Mail absentee ballot must be postmarked  by 11/8 and received no later than 11/11.

10/20 - 11/5

North Dakota

11/7

 Absentee ballot  delivered in person must be received by 11/7. Mail absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than 11/7 and received by county canvass (11/14).

9/29 - 11/7

Ohio

 11/5

 Absentee ballot delivered in person must be received by 11/8. Mail absentee ballots must be postmarked by 11/7. and received by 11/18.

 10/12 - 11/7

Oklahoma

11/2

11/8 11/3 - 11/5

Oregon

N/A (all mail)

N/A (all mail)  N/A (all mail)

Pennsylvania

11/1

11/4  N/A

Rhode Island

10/18

11/8   N/A
South Carolina

 Deadline to submit mail absentee ballot application is 11/4. Deadline to request and vote absentee ballot in person is 11/7.

11/8 N/A

South Dakota

11/7

11/8 9/23 - 11/7

Tennessee

 11/8 11/8 10/19 - 11/3

Texas

 10/28  11/8  10/24 - 11/4

Utah

11/3

 Absentee ballot delivered in person must be received by 11/8. Mail absentee ballot must be postmarked by 11/7 and received by canvass (11/22).

2/25 - 11/4

 Vermont

11/7 11/8 9/23 - 11/7
 Virginia

 Deadline to submit mail absentee ballot application via mail, fax, or email  is 11/1. Deadline to request and vote absentee ballot in person is 11/5.

11/8 N/A
Washington

N/A (all mail)

N/A (all mail) All mail (in person voting available 10/21-11-7).
West Virginia  11/2

Absentee ballot delivered in person must be received by 11/7. Mail absentee ballot must be postmarked by 11/8 and received by canvass (11/14).

 10/26 - 11/5
Wisconsin

Deadline  to request mail absentee is 11/3. Deadline to request absentee ballot in person is 11/4.

11/8

10/24 - 11/4

Wyoming

 11/7 11/8  9/23 - 11/7


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