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UPDATED Sep. 24, 2020, at 5:40 PM

How To Vote In The 2020 Election

A state-by-state guide to voting in the age of COVID-19

How easy — or difficult — voting by mail is in each state

Everyone can vote by mail, and ballots are automatically mailed to votersEveryone can vote by mail, and mail-ballot applications are automatically mailed to votersEveryone can vote by mail, but nothing is automatically mailed to voters*You can vote by mail only if you have a valid excuse (the pandemic doesn’t count)
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*Includes states that allow anyone to use the pandemic as an excuse.

Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico and Pennsylvania are mailing applications to at least 10 percent of voters, but not all of them. Montana is mailing ballots to 94 percent of voters.

Click on your state in the map to see a lot of the information you need in order to cast a ballot this fall — by whatever method you choose. This page will be updated on a regular basis with the latest developments. While we've made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information, always double-check with your local election official before acting upon it. Thanks to the pandemic, election laws are constantly changing, and certain voters — like first-time voters or those living overseas — may be subject to special rules. If you think something is wrong or needs to be updated, please shoot us an email.

Alabama

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 19. You can register online here.

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls, although two election officials can also sign an affidavit attesting to your identity.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, any voter can request an absentee ballot by using the “physical illness or infirmity” excuse. You can download an absentee-ballot application here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 29.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be signed by two witnesses or a notary, and you must enclose a photocopy of your photo ID. Absentee ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 2 and received by noon on Nov. 3. You must mail or drop off your ballot yourself.

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What we’re watching

Voting-rights groups are currently suing the state in an effort to waive the requirement that absentee ballots be signed by a notary or two witnesses, to waive the requirement that voters submit a copy of their ID with their ballots and to get the state to offer curbside voting.

Alaska

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 4. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Early voting generally available Oct. 19-Nov. 2. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or non-photo ID to the polls, although a poll worker can also attest to your identity.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state already mailed absentee-ballot applications to voters age 65 and older; you can also apply for an absentee ballot online here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 24.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be signed by a witness or notary. Absentee ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 13.

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What we’re watching

A lawsuit has been filed to force the state to mail absentee-ballot applications to all voters, not just those age 65 and older. The plaintiffs argue the current plan amounts to age discrimination.

Arizona

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 5. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Counties may offer early voting Oct. 7-30. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or two acceptable non-photo IDs to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state is mailing absentee-ballot applications to all active voters; you can also apply for an absentee ballot online here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 23.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

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What we’re watching

Navajo Nation voters have filed a lawsuit requesting that the state count mail-in ballots delivered after Election Day, due to the lengthy time it takes to send mail from some of the state’s most remote reservations. They want ballots to be accepted up to 10 days after Election Day, as long as they are postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and come from tribal members who live on a reservation.

Arkansas

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 5. You can download a voter registration form here.

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Voting early

Early voting generally available Oct. 19-24, Oct. 26-31 and Nov. 2. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, any voter can use fear of catching COVID-19 as an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can download an absentee-ballot application here. The deadline to apply by mail or online is Oct. 27; the deadline to apply in person is Nov. 2.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

You must enclose a photocopy of your photo ID with your absentee ballot. Mailed ballots must be received by Nov. 3 — or you can drop off your ballot in person by Nov. 2.

California

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways (e.g., online, by mail) by Oct. 19. You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a polling place up through Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

Early voting generally available Oct. 5-Nov. 2. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area. Counties consolidating polling places must offer early voting at those polling places for at least eight hours per day Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

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In-person voting

Counties have the option to consolidate polling places but must maintain a ratio of one precinct per 10,000 voters. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, California is automatically mailing ballots to all active voters.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 20.

Colorado

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Registration

To get a ballot in the mail, register to vote by Oct. 26. You can register online here. After Oct. 26, you can still register in person at a vote center up through Election Day (Nov. 3), but you will have to vote in person too.

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Voting early

Vote centers must offer early voting Oct. 19-23, Oct. 26-31 and Nov. 2. Vote centers may also offer it outside these dates; check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

Colorado offers vote centers (where any voter in the county can vote) instead of traditional polling places. So far, no plans to close vote centers have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or non-photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Colorado automatically mails ballots to all voters.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

Connecticut

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways (e.g., online, by mail) by Oct. 27. You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a designated Election Day Registration location on Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or non-photo ID to the polls, although you can also sign an affidavit attesting to your identity.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, any voter can request an absentee ballot by using the “COVID-19” excuse. The state is mailing absentee-ballot applications to all active voters; you can also download an absentee-ballot application here. Election officials must receive your application by Nov. 2 (if you’re not applying in person, be sure to apply early enough that your ballot has time to reach you before Election Day).

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

Delaware

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 10. You can register online here.

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or non-photo ID to the polls, although you can also sign an affidavit attesting to your identity.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state is mailing absentee-ballot applications to all voters; you can also apply for an absentee ballot online here. Election officials must receive your application by noon on Nov. 2 (if you’re not applying in person, be sure to apply early enough that your ballot has time to reach you before Election Day).

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

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What we’re watching

The Delaware Republican Party is suing to block the new law allowing anyone in Delaware to vote by mail. The American Civil Liberties Union is also suing to extend the deadline for ballots to be received.

District of Columbia

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways (e.g., by mail) by Oct. 13. You can download a voter registration form here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a vote center up through Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

Vote centers must offer early voting Oct. 27-Nov. 2. Check this website for locations and exact hours.

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In-person voting

The usual 144 polling places will be consolidated into 80 vote centers. You can vote at any vote center, not just the one in your neighborhood. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, Washington, D.C., is automatically mailing ballots to all voters.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 10.

Florida

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 5. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Counties must offer early voting Oct. 24-31. Counties may also offer it Oct. 19-23 and Nov. 1; check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. Broward, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Seminole counties are mailing absentee-ballot applications to all voters; you can also apply for an absentee ballot online on your county's website. The deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you is Oct. 24; the deadline to apply in person is Nov. 3.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

Georgia

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 5. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Counties must offer early voting Oct. 13-16, Oct. 19-24 and Oct. 26-30. Counties may also offer it outside these dates; check this website for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. DeKalb County is mailing absentee-ballot applications to all voters; you can also apply for an absentee ballot online here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 30.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 6.

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What we’re watching

On Aug. 31, a federal judge ruled that ballots received up to three business days after the election must be counted as long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3. However, this is not the final word: The state immediately appealed the decision. The appeals court will also decide whether the ruling applies statewide or only in select counties.

Hawaii

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways (e.g., online, by mail) by Oct. 5. You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a vote center up through Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

Vote centers must offer early voting Oct. 20-24, Oct. 26-31 and Nov. 2. Check this website for locations and exact hours.

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In-person voting

Hawaii offers vote centers (where any voter in the county can vote) instead of traditional polling places. So far, no plans to close vote centers have been announced. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Hawaii automatically mails ballots to all voters.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

Idaho

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways (e.g., online, by mail) by Oct. 9. You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a polling place on Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

Counties may offer early voting Oct. 19-30. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls, although you can also sign an affidavit attesting to your identity.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. You can apply for an absentee ballot online here. The deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you is Oct. 23; the deadline to apply in person is Oct. 30.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

Illinois

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Registration

Register to vote in person or by mail by Oct. 6 or online by Oct. 18. You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a designated grace-period voting location up through Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

Jurisdictions may offer early voting Sept. 24-Nov. 2. Check this website for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state is mailing absentee-ballot applications to most voters; you can also apply online or download an absentee-ballot application here. The deadline to apply by mail or online is Oct. 29; the deadline to apply in person is Nov. 2.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 17.

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What we’re watching

Republicans have sued the Democratic governor over the state’s plan to mail absentee-ballot applications to most voters and allow ballots to count if they are postmarked by Election Day.

Indiana

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 5. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Counties must offer early voting Oct. 6-9, Oct. 13-16, Oct. 19-24, Oct. 26-31 and Nov. 2. Counties may also offer it Oct. 10-12, Oct. 17-18, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1; check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

In order to vote absentee, you must have an excuse, such as being age 65 or older, sick or out of town on Election Day. You can apply for an absentee ballot online here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 22.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be received by noon on Nov. 3.

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What we’re watching

Indiana waived the need for an excuse to vote absentee in its June primary, but it may not do so in the general election. A pair of lawsuits are still pending that would allow anyone to vote absentee and extend the deadline by which ballots must be received.

Iowa

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways (e.g., online, by mail) by Oct. 24. (If you register by mail, your form can also arrive after Oct. 24 as long as it’s postmarked by Oct. 19.) You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a polling place up through Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person at your county auditor’s office or, sometimes, a satellite location. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or non-photo ID to the polls, although another registered voter in the precinct can also sign an affidavit attesting to your identity.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state is mailing absentee-ballot applications to all active voters (and some counties are mailing them to inactive voters as well); you can also download an absentee-ballot application here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 24.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 and received by noon on Nov. 9 — or you can drop off your ballot in person by Nov. 3.

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What we’re watching

Democrats are suing after a court threw out around 64,000 absentee ballot applications already submitted by voters. At issue is whether it was legal for counties to pre-fill information on the form for voters.

Kansas

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 13. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Counties must offer in-person advance voting Oct. 27-30 and Nov. 2. Counties may also offer it Oct. 14-26 and Oct. 31; check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an advance mail ballot without an excuse. Douglas, Johnson and Sedgwick counties already mailed advance mail ballot applications to all active voters; you can also download an advance mail ballot application here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 27.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Advance mail ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 6.

Kentucky

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 5. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Counties must offer early voting Oct. 13-17, Oct. 19-24, Oct. 26-31 and Nov. 2. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

Counties can decide how many polling places to open, but each must also open one vote center, where any voter in the county can vote. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls, although you can also provide an acceptable non-photo ID if you sign an affidavit stating that you have a reasonable impediment to getting a photo ID. An election official can also sign an affidavit attesting to your identity.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, any voter can request an absentee ballot if they are concerned about spreading or contracting COVID-19. You can apply for an absentee ballot online here. The deadline to apply online is Oct. 9; the deadline to apply by mail or in person is Oct. 27.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 6.

Louisiana

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Registration

Register to vote in person or by mail by Oct. 5 or online by Oct. 13. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Parishes must offer early voting Oct. 16, Oct. 18-24 and Oct. 26-27. Check this website for locations and exact hours.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls, although you can also sign an affidavit attesting to your identity.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

In order to vote absentee, you must have an excuse, such as being age 65 or older, in the hospital or out of town on Election Day. Having a medical condition that puts you at higher risk from COVID-19, being under a quarantine order, experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 and caring for someone in quarantine also count.You can apply for an absentee ballot online here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 30.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be signed by a witness. Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 2.

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What we’re watching

A court has ruled that Louisiana, one of only five states that is not letting anyone who wants to vote by mail, must accept a series of coronavirus-related excuses for requesting an absentee ballot. However, the state may appeal the decision.

Maine

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Registration

Register to vote by mail by Oct. 19 or in person by Nov. 3. You can download a voter registration form here.

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person at your municipal clerk’s office (you won’t need to fill out an absentee-ballot application).

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. You can apply for an absentee ballot online here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 29.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

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What we’re watching

The Alliance for Retired Americans has sued the state to allow people to register to vote online and require the state to accept absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 3.

Maryland

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways (e.g., online, by mail) by Oct. 13. You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a polling place up through Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

About 80 vote centers will offer early voting Oct. 26-Nov. 2. Check this website for locations and exact hours.

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In-person voting

The usual 1,600 polling places will be consolidated into about 360 vote centers. You can vote at any vote center in your county. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state is mailing absentee-ballot applications to all voters; you can also apply for an absentee ballot online here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 20.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by 10 a.m. on Nov. 13.

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What we’re watching

Gov. Larry Hogan approved the State Board of Elections’s plan to open about 360 “voting centers” for the November election instead of the usual 1,600 precincts, given concerns that it will be difficult to staff polling places. Hogan had wanted all precincts to open and expressed concern that the new plan risks long lines and unsafe conditions.

Massachusetts

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 24. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Municipalities must offer early voting Oct. 17-30. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, any voter can request a mail ballot without an excuse. The state is mailing mail-ballot applications to all voters; you can also apply for a mail ballot online here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 28.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 6.

Michigan

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Registration

Register to vote most ways (including online and by mail) by Oct. 19 or at your county, city or township clerk’s office by Nov. 3. You can register online here.

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person at your county, city or township clerk’s office.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls, although you can also sign an affidavit attesting to your identity.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state already mailed absentee-ballot applications to all voters; you can also apply for an absentee ballot online here. The deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you is Oct. 30; the deadline to apply in person is Nov. 2.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 and received by Nov. 17 — or you can drop off your ballot in person by Nov. 3.

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What we’re watching

A state judge ruled on Sept. 18 that Michigan must count ballots that arrive before election results are certified, as long as they are postmarked by the day before the election. Normally, all ballots must be received by Election Day.

Minnesota

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways (e.g., online, by mail) by Oct. 13. You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a polling place up through Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

Counties must offer early voting Sept. 18, Sept. 21-25, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, Oct. 5-9, Oct. 13-16, Oct. 19-23, Oct. 26-31 and Nov. 2. Counties may also offer it outside these dates; check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

Jurisdictions with fewer than 400 registered voters have the option to close traditional polling places, although in-person voting will still be available at local election offices. For 2020, jurisdictions containing 217,056 registered voters have opted for this arrangement. So far, no plans to close polling places in larger jurisdictions have been announced. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Jurisdictions with fewer than 400 registered voters have the option to mail ballots to all voters; for 2020, jurisdictions containing 217,056 registered voters have opted to do so. Elsewhere, any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state is mailing absentee-ballot applications to all voters; you can also apply for an absentee ballot online here. Election officials must receive your application by Nov. 2 (if you’re not applying in person, be sure to apply early enough that your ballot has time to reach you before Election Day).

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, registered voters no longer need to get their ballots signed by a witness or notary. Ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 10.

Mississippi

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 5. You can download a voter registration form here.

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

In order to vote absentee, you must have an excuse, such as being age 65 or older, sick or out of town on Election Day. Being under “physician-imposed quarantine” or caring for someone in quarantine also count. Request an absentee ballot through your county circuit clerk’s office. The deadline to vote absentee in person is Oct. 31; there is no specific deadline to request a mailed ballot, but be sure to do so early enough that it has time to reach you before Election Day.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be notarized. Absentee ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 10.

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What we’re watching

Overturning a lower court decision, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that people with health conditions that put them at higher risk from COVID-19 are not allowed to request absentee ballots.

Missouri

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 7. You can register online here.

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person.

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In-person voting

At least one jurisdiction (St. Louis County) is switching from traditional polling places to vote centers, meaning people can vote anywhere in the county. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or non-photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, any voter can request a mail-in ballot without an excuse. You can download a mail-in ballot application here. People with an excuse, including having caught COVID-19 or being at high risk from it, can also request a regular absentee ballot. You can download an absentee-ballot application here. The deadline to apply by mail or fax is Oct. 21; the deadline to apply in person is Nov. 2.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Mail-in ballots and most absentee ballots must be notarized; however, people who use the “contracted or at risk for coronavirus” or “incapacity or confinement due to illness” excuse to cast an absentee ballot do not need to notarize their ballot. Ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

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What we’re watching

A lawsuit is seeking several changes to Missouri law to make it easier to vote — including ending the notarization requirement, extending the deadline for ballots to be received and allowing mail ballots to be dropped off in person.

Montana

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways (e.g., by mail) by Oct. 24. You can download a voter registration form here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a late-registration location up through Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person.

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In-person voting

Forty-five counties, containing 94 percent of Montana’s registered voters, are closing traditional polling places, although some in-person voting must still be available. However, the remaining 11 counties will operate traditional polling places. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or non-photo ID to the polls, although you can also fill out a form to confirm your identity.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, 45 counties, containing 94 percent of Montana’s registered voters, are automatically mailing ballots to all voters. In the remaining 11 counties, any voter can still request an absentee ballot without an excuse. You can download an absentee-ballot application here. Election officials must receive your application by noon on Nov. 2 (if you’re not applying in person, be sure to apply early enough that your ballot has time to reach you before Election Day).

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

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What we’re watching

A Republican-backed lawsuit is challenging Gov. Steve Bullock’s authority to give counties the option to close traditional polling places and mail ballots to all voters.

Nebraska

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Registration

Register to vote most ways (including online and by mail) by Oct. 16 or in person at an election office by Oct. 23. You can register online here.

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Voting early

County election offices must offer early voting Oct. 5-9, Oct. 13-16, Oct. 19-23, Oct. 26-30 and Nov. 2. They may also offer it Oct. 10-12, Oct. 17-18, Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1; check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

Counties with fewer than 10,000 residents have the option to close traditional polling places, although in-person voting will still be available at county election offices. So far, 11 counties have opted for this arrangement. No plans to close polling places in larger counties have been announced yet. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Counties with fewer than 10,000 residents have the option to mail ballots to all voters; so far, 11 counties have opted to do so. Elsewhere, any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state is mailing absentee-ballot applications to all voters; you can also download an absentee-ballot application here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 23.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

Nevada

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Registration

Register to vote in person or by mail by Oct. 6 or online by Oct. 29. You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a polling place up through Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

Counties must offer early voting Oct. 17, Oct. 19-24 and Oct. 26-30. Counties may also offer it Oct. 18 and Oct. 25; check this website for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

There must be at least 100 vote centers open in Clark County, 25 in Washoe County and one in Carson City and every other county. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, Nevada is automatically mailing ballots to all active voters.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 10.

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What we’re watching

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by the Trump campaign challenging Nevada’s plans to mail ballots to active voters, saying the campaign lacked standing.

New Hampshire

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways by Oct. 21-28 (the exact deadline varies by municipality). Because of the pandemic, any voter can use fear of catching COVID-19 as an excuse to register remotely; contact your city or town clerk for a voter registration form and an absentee voter registration affidavit, which must be signed by a witness. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a polling place on Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person at your city or town clerk’s office.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls, although an election official can also attest to your identity. You can also sign a challenged voter affidavit and vote a regular ballot, but you must respond to a notice the state sends you after the election or you will be investigated for voter fraud.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, any voter can use fear of catching COVID-19 as an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can download an absentee-ballot application here. The deadline to apply is Nov. 2 (if you’re not applying in person, be sure to apply early enough that your ballot has time to reach you before Election Day).

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

New Jersey

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 13. You can register online here.

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person at your county clerk’s office.

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In-person voting

Fewer polling places will be open; however, each municipality must open at least one polling place, and counties must open at least 50 percent of their polling places. Votes cast in person will be provisional ballots. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, New Jersey is automatically mailing ballots to all voters.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 10, or received by Nov. 5 if not postmarked due to postal error.

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What we’re watching

A group of Republican plaintiffs, including Trump’s reelection campaign, has sued the state over its new plan to conduct the general election mostly by mail.

New Mexico

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways (e.g., online, by mail) by Oct. 6. You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at your county clerk’s office or another early-voting location up through Oct. 31.

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Voting early

Early voting generally available Oct. 6-Nov. 2. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. Ten counties, including Bernalillo, Doña Ana, Sandoval and Santa Fe, are mailing absentee-ballot applications to all voters; you can also apply for an absentee ballot online here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 20.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

New York

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 9. (Some people — those who are honorably discharged from the military or become a naturalized citizen after Oct. 9 — can register in person by Oct. 24.) If mailed, your voter registration must be postmarked by Oct. 9 and received by Oct. 14. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Counties must offer early voting Oct. 24-Nov. 1. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, any voter can request an absentee ballot if they are afraid of contracting COVID-19. Monroe County already mailed absentee-ballot applications to all active voters; you can also apply for an absentee ballot online here. The deadline to apply by mail or online is Oct. 27; the deadline to apply in person is Nov. 2.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 10. Ballots that arrive by Nov. 4 will also be counted even if they lack a postmark.

North Carolina

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways (e.g., online, by mail) by Oct. 9. You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at one-stop absentee voting locations up through Oct. 31.

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Voting early

Counties must offer early voting Oct. 15-31. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. You can apply for an absentee ballot online here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 27.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, absentee ballots must be signed by only one witness, not two. Absentee ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 6.

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What we’re watching

The state Board of Elections has reached a tentative legal settlement to extend the absentee-ballot receipt deadline to Nov. 12 and make it easier for voters to fix mistakes on their absentee ballots. However, a judge must approve the agreement before it officially goes into effect.

North Dakota

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Registration

North Dakota does not have voter registration.

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Voting early

Counties may offer early voting Oct. 19-Nov. 2. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

At least one county (Burleigh) is reducing the number of polling places. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or non-photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state already mailed absentee-ballot applications to all voters; you can also download an absentee-ballot application here. There is no specific deadline to apply, but if you’re not applying in person, be sure to apply early enough that your ballot has time to reach you before Election Day.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 2 and received by Nov. 9.

Ohio

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 5. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Counties must offer early voting Oct. 6-9, Oct. 12-16 and Oct. 19-Nov. 2. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

At least one county (Jackson) is reducing the number of polling places. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or non-photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state is mailing absentee-ballot applications to all voters; you can also download an absentee-ballot application here. Election officials must receive your application by noon on Oct. 31 (if you’re not applying in person, be sure to apply early enough that your ballot has time to reach you before Election Day).

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 and received by Nov. 13 — or you can drop off your ballot in person by Nov. 3.

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What we’re watching

If a lawsuit from the state Democratic Party is successful, Ohio will have to provide an online portal for absentee-ballot requests. A separate lawsuit is challenging the state’s practice of matching signatures on absentee ballots and ballot requests to those on file.

Oklahoma

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 9. You can download a voter registration form here.

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Voting early

County election offices must offer early voting Oct. 29-31. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or non-photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. You can apply for an absentee ballot online here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 27.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots with a yellow stripe must either be notarized or include a photocopy of an acceptable photo or non-photo ID. Absentee ballots with a pink stripe (available only to voters with COVID-19 or who are at high risk for COVID-19) must either be signed by two witnesses or include a photocopy of an acceptable ID. Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

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What we’re watching

Democrats are asking a court to strike down Oklahoma’s requirement that absentee ballots be notarized.

Oregon

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 13. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Counties must offer early voting from the day ballots are issued to Nov. 2. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

Oregon offers in-person voting at election offices instead of traditional polling places. So far, no plans to close election offices have been announced. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Oregon automatically mails ballots to all voters.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

Pennsylvania

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 19. You can register online here.

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can cast a “mail” ballot in person at your county election office.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request a mail-in ballot without an excuse. Allegheny County is mailing mail-in ballot applications to all voters; you can also apply for a mail-in ballot online here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 27.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 6.

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What we’re watching

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has delivered several wins to Democrats, such as extending the deadline for mail-in ballots to be received from Nov. 3 to Nov. 6 and allowing the use of ballot drop boxes — decisions that Republicans plan to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the state court also ruled that ballots not properly returned in the secrecy envelope must be thrown out and that no one can deliver a ballot for another person.

Rhode Island

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 4. You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person in the presidential race only at a designated location on Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

Boards of canvassers must offer early voting Oct. 14-16, Oct. 19-23, Oct. 26-30 and Nov. 2. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state is mailing absentee-ballot applications to all active voters; you can also download an absentee-ballot application here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 13. However, after that date, any voter can request an emergency ballot if they have any reason to believe they won’t be able to vote on Election Day. Request an emergency ballot through your local board of canvassers. Election officials must receive your application for an emergency ballot by Nov. 2 (if you’re not applying in person, be sure to apply early enough that your ballot has time to reach you before Election Day).

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, ballots no longer need to be signed by two witnesses or a notary. Ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

South Carolina

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Registration

Register to vote in person (assuming the registering office is open on weekends, which it might not be) or online by Oct. 4 or by mail by Oct. 5. You can register online here.

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person at your county election office or, sometimes, a satellite location. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. You can download an absentee-ballot application here. The deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you is Oct. 24 (or Oct. 30 for a voter’s authorized representative); the deadline to apply in person is Nov. 2.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be signed by a witness. Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

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What we’re watching

After a court struck down South Carolina’s usual requirement that absentee ballots be signed by a witness, an appeals court stayed the ruling.

South Dakota

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 19. You can download a voter registration form here.

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person at your county auditor’s office.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls, although you can also sign an affidavit attesting to your identity.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state already mailed absentee-ballot applications to all voters; you can also download an absentee-ballot application here. Election officials must receive your application by Nov. 2 (if you’re not applying in person, be sure to apply early enough that your ballot has time to reach you before Election Day).

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

Tennessee

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 5. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Counties must offer early voting Oct. 14-17, Oct. 19-24 and Oct. 26-29. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

In order to vote absentee, you must have an excuse, such as being age 60 or older, sick or out of town on Election Day. People with underlying medical conditions that put them at heightened risk from COVID-19 or their caretakers can request an absentee ballot by using the illness excuse. You can download an absentee-ballot application here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 27.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

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What we’re watching

The Tennessee Supreme Court is considering a case that would allow any voter to request an absentee ballot because of the pandemic.

Texas

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 5. You can download a voter registration form here.

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Voting early

Early voting generally available Oct. 13-30. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls, although you can also provide an acceptable non-photo ID if you sign an affidavit stating that you have a reasonable impediment to getting a photo ID.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

In order to vote absentee, you must have an excuse, such as being age 65 or older, having a disability or being out of town on Election Day. Bexar, Harris and Hidalgo counties are mailing absentee-ballot applications to voters age 65 and older; you can also download an absentee-ballot application here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 23.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 4.

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What we’re watching

In response to a lawsuit from the Harris County Republican Party, the Texas Supreme Court has barred the county from mailing absentee-ballot applications to voters under age 65. At the same time, the Texas Democratic Party is suing to allow all voters to request an absentee ballot due to the pandemic.

Utah

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways (e.g., online, by mail) by Oct. 23. You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a polling place up through Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

Vote centers must offer early voting Oct. 20-23 and Oct. 26-30. Vote centers may also offer it Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 2; check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

Utah offers vote centers (where any voter in the county can vote) instead of traditional polling places. So far, no plans to close vote centers have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or two acceptable non-photo IDs to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Utah automatically mails ballots to all voters.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 and received by noon on the day of the county canvass (which varies by county but may be as late as Nov. 17) — or you can drop off your ballot in person by Nov. 3.

Vermont

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Registration

Register to vote by Nov. 3. You can register online here.

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person at your city or town clerk’s office.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, Vermont is automatically mailing ballots to all voters.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

Virginia

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 13. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Jurisdictions must offer early voting Sept. 18, Sept. 21-25, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, Oct. 5-9, Oct. 13-16, Oct. 19-24 and Oct. 26-31. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or non-photo ID to the polls, although you can also sign an affidavit attesting to your identity.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. You can apply for an absentee ballot online here. The deadline to apply by mail, email or fax is Oct. 23; the deadline to apply in person is Oct. 31.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, absentee ballots no longer need to be signed by a witness. Absentee ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by noon on Nov. 6. Ballots with a missing or illegible postmark will also be counted if they arrive by then.

Washington

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Registration

Register to vote online or by mail by Oct. 26 or in person by Nov. 3. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Vote centers must offer early voting Oct. 16, Oct. 19-23, Oct. 26-30 and Nov. 2. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

Washington offers vote centers (where any voter in the county can vote) instead of traditional polling places. So far, no plans to close vote centers have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Washington automatically mails ballots to all voters.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 23.

West Virginia

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Registration

Register to vote by Oct. 13. You can register online here.

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Voting early

Counties must offer early voting Oct. 21-24 and Oct. 26-31. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo or non-photo ID to the polls, although an adult who has known you for at least six months and shows his or her photo ID can also sign an affidavit attesting to your identity. A poll worker who has known you for at least six months can also attest to your identity.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Because of the pandemic, any voter can request an absentee ballot by using the “illness, injury or other medical reason” excuse. You can apply for an absentee ballot online here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 28.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 9 — or you can drop off your ballot in person by Nov. 2.

Wisconsin

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Registration

Register to vote online or by mail by Oct. 21 or at your municipal clerk’s office by Oct. 30. You can register online here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a polling place on Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

Municipalities may offer in-person absentee voting Oct. 20-Nov. 1. Check with local election officials for locations and the exact schedule in your area.

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In-person voting

So far, no plans to close polling places have been announced. Remember to bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state is mailing absentee-ballot applications to all voters; you can also apply for an absentee ballot online here. Election officials must receive your application by Oct. 29.

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be signed by a witness. Ballots must be postmarked (or dropped off in person) by Nov. 3 and received by Nov. 9.

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What we’re watching

A federal judge has ruled that absentee ballots should be counted as long as they are postmarked by Election Day and arrive by Nov. 9. However, Republicans have appealed the decision, so it’s possible Wisconsin will revert to its usual rule of requiring all ballots to arrive by Election Day.

Wyoming

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Registration

Register to vote the usual ways (e.g., by mail) by Oct. 19. You can download a voter registration form here. You can also simultaneously register and vote in person at a polling place up through Election Day (Nov. 3).

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Voting early

No true early voting, but you can vote absentee in person at your county clerk’s office.

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In-person voting

At least one county (Park) is reducing the number of polling places. Most people are not required to show ID to vote.

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Requesting an absentee ballot

Any voter can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The state already mailed absentee-ballot applications to all voters; you can also download an absentee-ballot application here. Election officials must receive your application by Nov. 2 (if you’re not applying in person, be sure to apply early enough that your ballot has time to reach you before Election Day).

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Submitting an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 3.

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