2020 State-by-State Voting Guide

Attention Student Voters:

The 1979 Supreme Court case United States v. Symm decided that you have the right to register
and vote where you go to school, even if you don’t intend to reside there permanently.

Get the specifics about registering, voting early, and voting absentee in your state and Vote Feminist in 2020!

Alabama ALABAMA

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download Alabama’s mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your local county’s Board of Registrars, or request a mail-in form here.

Deadline

October 19, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials):

  • Driver’s license
  • Non-driver ID
  • Alabama photo voter ID card
  • State-issued ID (any state)
  • Federal-issued ID
  • US passport
  • Employee ID from federal government, state of Alabama, county, municipality, board, or other entity of this state
  • Student or employee ID from a public or private college or university in Alabama (including postgrad technical or professional schools)
  • Military ID
  • Tribal ID

Voters without valid photo ID are allowed to cast a provisional ballot, which will be counted so long as the voter submits valid photo ID before 5:00 PM the Friday after the election.

Early Voting

Alabama does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting

A voter may cast an absentee ballot if they:

  • will be absent from the county on Election Day
  • are ill or have a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place
  • are a registered Alabama voter living outside the county (including college students)
  • are an appointed election office or poll collector at a polling place other than their regular polling place
  • expect to work a required 10+ hour-long shift that coincides with polling hours
  • are a caregiver for a family member to the second degree of kinship by affinity or consanguinity and the family member is confined to their home
  • are currently incarcerated in prison or jail and have not been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude

Absentee ballots must be requested at least five days before the election. An absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received no later than noon on Election Day. If hand-delivered, the ballot must be in the office of the Absentee Election Manager no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election. More information here.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.


More information about voting in Alabama.

Arkansas Arkansas

Voter Registration

How to Register

You must fill out a paper Voter Registration Application (online request form here). You can obtain an application form from your local county clerk; the Arkansas Secretary of State Elections Division; local revenue or DMV office; public library; disability agency; military recruitment office. Once your local county clerk has processed your Voter Registration Application, they will send you a personalized voter registration card. This could take up to several weeks.

Deadline

October 6, 2020

Voter ID Laws

The state of Arkansas requires voters to present any one of the following approved forms of voter ID: 

  • Driver’s license
  • Photo ID card
  • Concealed handgun carry license
  • U.S. passport
  • Employee badge or identification document from accredited post secondary educational institution
  • Military ID card
  • Public assistance ID
  • Voter verification card

(all can be digital if it is following requirements and is approved)

*A voter who cannot present required ID can cast a provisional ballot.

Early Voting

All voters in Arkansas are given early voting privileges without any registrations necessary to vote early.

Starts 15 days before election day (October 19) and ends one day before election day.

Absentee Voting

To be qualified to vote an absentee ballot, you must follow one of these criteria:

  • You will be unavoidably absent from your polling site on election day,
  • unable to attend your polling site on election day due to illness or physical disability
  • member of the Uniformed Services, merchant marines or the spouse or a dependent family member of such person and are away from your polling location due to the member’s active duty status
  • U.S. citizen whose residence is in Arkansas but is temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the U.S.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.


More information about voting in Arkansas.

Connecticut CONNECTICUT

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here.
You can also register with a paper form or in person on Election Day.

Deadline

October 27, 2020. In person deadline is election day.

Voter ID Laws

Acceptable ID:

  • First time voters: current and valid photo identification that shows your name and address OR copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address OR cast a provisional ballot.
  • All other voters: social security card or any pre-printed form of I.D. that shows your name and address, or name and signature, or name and photograph OR sign a statement under penalty of false statement.

Early Voting

Early voting is not available in Connecticut.

Absentee Voting

Because of COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of the Secretary of the State will be mailing an application to every active, registered voter for the primaries, so only those voters will receive an absentee ballot application.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.


More information about voting in Connecticut.

Georgia GEORGIA

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here.

Some college students are able to register to vote in Georgia and use their student ID as a form of photo ID when voting. Here is a list of colleges and universities that allow this.

Deadline

October 5, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Acceptable ID:

  • free ID Card issued by your county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)
  • Georgia Driver’s License (even if expired)
  • employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of GA
  • U.S. passport ID
  • U.S. military photo ID
  • tribal photo ID
  • Also acceptable are student photo IDs from the colleges in this list.

*If you are unable to show one of the required forms of photo ID when you vote in person, you may cast a provisional ballot and must supply the county registrar with the acceptable form of ID within three days after the election.

Early Voting

Georgia voters may vote early between July 20-August 7. See absentee section below.

Absentee Voting

Georgia allows absentee voting by mail and in-person. Any registered Georgia voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote absentee. No excuse is required to vote before election day. To vote by absentee ballot, you must first fill out, sign, and submit an absentee ballot application. You can do this online, by mail, by fax, or in person. Submit your absentee ballot application by the specified deadline. Absentee ballots may be requested any time between 180 days prior to the election and the end of the business day on the Friday before Election Day.
Any registered Georgia voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote absentee.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.


More information about voting in Georgia.

Illinois Illinois

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Illinois mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your County Clerk’s office. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 6, 2020 by mail. October 18, 2020 online. In-person registration is also available in at least one location of every county the day of the election.

Voter ID Laws

You do not need to present ID when voting in Illinois, but you do need to supply Illinois driver’s license number, Illinois ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number when registering.

Early Voting

All voters in Illinois are given early voting privileges. Early voting starts October 19, 2020 and ends November 2, 2020.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Illinois voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. The first day to file an application for a vote by mail ballot with the election authority is June 16th. All requests by mail must be received by the election authority by October 29.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Illinois here.

Kansas Kansas

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download Idaho’s mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your county election office.

Deadline

October 13, 2020

Voter ID

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials):

  • Driver’s license
  • Nondriver’s ID card
  • License for concealed carry of handgun
  • U.S. passport
  • Federal, state, or municipal employee ID
  • Military ID
  • Student ID card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution of education in Kansas
  • Public assistance ID card
  • Tribal ID

Early Voting

All voters in Kansas are given early voting privileges without any registrations necessary to vote early. Early voting starts July 21, 2020 and ends November 1, 2020.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Kansas voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Kansans with a permanent disability can choose to vote at their accessible polling place OR vote in the privacy of their own home by being mailed an advanced ballot for each future election. Absentee ballots must be requested at least 7 days before the election. Voted ballots are due postmarked by Election Day and received 3 days after Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Kansas here.

Maine MAINE

Voter Registration

How to register

Maine does not allow online voter registration. You can download the Maine mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your County Clerk’s office. You can register to vote at your town office or city hall, Motor Vehicle branch office, or most state and federal social service agencies. You may also register and vote on Election Day if you show ID and proof of residence.

Deadline

October 13, 2020

Voter ID Laws

You do not need to present ID when voting in Maine.

Early Voting

Maine does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting


Any registered Maryland voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Absentee ballots must be requested at least 3 business days before the election. Voted absentee ballots must be received by the municipal clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Maine here.

Michigan Michigan

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Michigan mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your municipal clerk’s office. If you register to vote by mail, you must vote in person the first time you vote. You can also register to vote at your municipal clerk’s office (NOT at a polling location) on Election Day if you show ID and proof of residence. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 19, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials):

  • Driver’s license
  • Personal ID card
  • Federal or state government-issued photo ID
  • U.S. passport
  • Military ID
  • Tribal ID card
  • Student ID with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.

*If you do not have acceptable photo ID, you can get a state identification card at your local Secretary of State branch office for $10. If you do not have photo ID on Election Day, you can still cast a ballot simply by signing an affidavit.

Early Voting

Michigan does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Michigan voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Absentee ballots must be requested in-person 1 day before Election Day or 4 days before Election Day by mail. Voted ballots must be received before Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Michigan here.

Missouri MISSOURI

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Missouri mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your municipal clerk’s office. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 3, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials):

  • Voter registration card
  • Missouri driver’s license
  • Missouri non-driver’s license
  • U.S. passport
  • Military ID
  • Student ID from a Missouri univeresity college, vocational or technical school
  • Paycheck, bill, or other government document showing your name and address

*If you do not possess any of these forms of identification, you can still cast a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counter if you return to the polling place with valid ID or if the signature on the provisional ballot envelope matches the signature on your voter registration card.

Early Voting

Missouri does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting

For all 2020 elections, any registered Missouri voter can apply for a mail-in ballot and vote by mail. Missouri mail-in ballot voters are usually required to submit a notarized statement with their ballot. However, voters who have contracted or are at-risk of contracting COVID-19 because of specific health concerns may cast a mail-in ballot without notarization. More information here. Absentee ballots must be requested at least 1 day before Election Day in person or 13 days before Election Day by mail.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Missouri here.

Nevada Nevada

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. You can register online, by mail (application here), or in person. You can return your completed application in person at: your County Clerk/Registrar of Voters office; your City Clerk Office; Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles; or at some college campuses. Nevada voters can register to vote or update existing voter registration information in person at the polling place either during early voting or on Election Day. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 6, 2020 (by-mail or in-person) or October 29, 2020 (online)

Voter ID Laws

Voters in Nevada are not required to present I.D. unless it is your first time voting in a federal election in Nevada or if you registered to vote by mail or online AND you did not provide your social security or drivers’ license numbers when you registered.

Early Voting

Early voting dates are between October 17 and October 30, 2020.

Absentee Voting

The state of Nevada has approved a plan to send absentee ballots to all active voters this November as of August 3, 2020.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Nevada here.

New Mexico NEW MEXICO

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. A voter may also request an application by mail, telephone, or in person. Forms are also available at any county clerk’s office, the Office of the Secretary of State, or many state agencies such as motor vehicle offices and offices offering public assistance.

Deadline

October 6, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters in New Mexico are not required to present I.D. unless they did not provide it when mailing in their registration application.

Early Voting

Early voting dates: October 17-October 31, 2020. More information here.

Absentee Voting

Any registered New Mexico voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Request an absentee ballot by filling out an application and returning it to your local County Clerk by October 29, 2020. Starting with the 2020 election general election, you can now also request an absentee ballot through an online form on the Secretary of State’s website. All absentee ballots may be returned to the County Clerk’s Office or any Election Day polling location no later than 7:00 PM on Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in New Mexico here.

North Dakota North Dakota

Voter Registration

How to register

North Dakota is the only state without voter registration. North Dakota voters do not need to submit a voter registration form to cast a vote.

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials):

  • ND driver’s license
  • ND nondriver’s ID card
  • tribal government issued ID
  • long term care ID certificate provided by North Dakota facility
  • current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or a check or document issued by a federal, state, local, or tribal government

Early Voting

Contact your local election office.

Absentee Voting

All eligible North Dakotans have the option to request a ballot before the day of an election in a process known as absentee voting. You do not need to provide a reason for why you are requesting an absentee; however, you will be required to complete an application and sign an affidavit. You need to include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application. Voted ballots must be postmarked 1 day before Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in North Dakota here.

Oregon Oregon

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Oregon mail-in voter registration form here. Oregon has a limited automatic voter registration system as of 2016. This eliminates the need to fill out the voter registration card for those with qualifying interactions at the DMV when going to apply for, renew, or replace an Oregon drivers’ license, ID card, or permit. Instead, eligible Oregonians will receive a mailing from the Oregon Elections Division explaining their options for registering to vote.​ Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 13, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters in Oregon are not required to present ID. If an Oregon DMV Driver’s License or ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security number (or other acceptable ID) is not provided at the time of registration, the voter will be requested to supply it before the next federal election in order for their votes for federal offices to count.

Early Voting

See below.

Absentee Voting

Absentee ballots will automatically be sent to all registered voters. If you need your ballot sent somewhere other than your usual address, contact your local election official at least one month before the election so you have time to receive the ballot. You must submit an address change at least 5 days before Election Day. Voted ballots are due by 8pm on Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Oregon here.

South Carolina South Carolina

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the South Carolina mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your county board of voter registration. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 5, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials):

  • South Carolina driver’s license
  • Photo ID card issued by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles
  • U.S. Passport
  • Military photo ID
  • South Carolina voter registration card

*If you do not have Photo ID and do not have a reasonable impediment to obtaining one, you may still vote a provisional ballot. However, for your vote to be counted, you must provide a valid photo ID to the county election commission prior to certification of the election (usually Thursday or Friday after the election).

Early Voting

South Carolina does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting

You can apply to vote by absentee ballot in South Carolina if you:

  • Are a member of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside your county of residence
  • Are serving with the American Red Cross or the United Service Organizations (USO)
  • Are an overseas Citizens
  • Are physically disabled or the caretaker of a physically disabled person
  • Are 65 years of age or older
  • Are a student attending school outside your county of residence
  • Are a government employee serving outside your county of residence
  • Are a certified poll watcher or county election official
  • Will be outside your county of residence because you are: on vacation, serving as a juror, hospitalized within a four-day period of the election, attending a religious ceremony, OR attending a funeral

Absentee ballots must be requested at least 4 days before the election. You can apply for an absentee ballot online here. Completed absentee mail-in ballots must be received by the county voter registration office in your county of residence by 7PM on the day of the election.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in South Carolina here.

Texas Texas

Voter Registration

How to Register

Texas does not permit online voter registration. You can download the Texas mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your county voter registration office. Voter registration certificates are mailed to newly registered voters. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 1, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials):

  • Texas Election Identification Certificate
  • Texas driver’s license
  • Texas Personal ID card
  • Military ID
  • Citizenship certification with photo ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • Handgun license with photo ID

*If you do not possess or cannot obtain one of the aforementioned IDs, you must fill out a declaration at the polls describing a “reasonably impediment” to obtaining it, and show a copy or original of one of the following supporting forms of ID: a government document that shows your name and an address, including your voter registration certificate, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, a certified domestic birth certificate, or a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes your identity (which may include a foreign birth document).

Early Voting

All voters in Texas are given early voting privileges without any registrations necessary to vote early. Early voting starts October 13, 2020 and ends October 30, 2020.

Absentee Voting

You may cast an absentee ballot if you:

  • Are 65 years or older
  • Are disabled or sick
  • Will be out of the county on Election Day and during the period for in-person early voting
  • Are incarcerated but are otherwise eligible to vote

Absentee ballots must be requested at least 11 days before the election. Completed absentee mail-in ballots must be received by your local election office before 7PM on Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Texas here.

Virginia Virginia

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Virginia mail-in voter registration form here. Voters can also register at the following locations: state or local government offices when applying or re-certifying for Aid to Dependent Children, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services, government offices in the state that provide state-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities, armed forces recruitment offices, public libraries, Virginia Department of Elections office, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, or at voter registration drives.Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 12, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID:

  • Valid photo ID (not expired for more than 12 months)
  • government-issued photo ID card from a federal, VA, or local political subdivision
  • DMV-issued photo ID card
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID (if issued by one of the 11 tribes recognized by VA)
  • U.S. passport or card
  • employee ID card issued by a voter’s employer in ordinary course of business
  • U.S. Military photo ID
  • nursing home resident photo ID (if issued by government facility)
  • voter photo ID card issued by the Department of Election
  • student photo ID issued by a public or private school of higher education located in VA
  • student photo ID issued by a public or private high school in VA
  • driver’s license
  • current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck containing the name and address of the voter
  • any other current government document containing the name and address of the voter
  • signed ID Confirmation Statement


*Any voter who does not present a valid ID can cast a provisional ballot.

Early Voting

Early voting dates: 45 days before election day until October 31, 2020. Voters who meet one of the state’s specific excuses to vote absentee can apply for an absentee ballot in person at the local board of elections office, beginning 45 days before an election, and may cast their absentee ballot at the same time (in person absentee voting) until 5 p.m. on the second Friday before Election Day. Any registered Virginia voter may cast an in-person absentee ballot at their local board of elections office without an excuse from the second Saturday before the election until 5 p.m. on the Saturday before Election Day.

Absentee Voting

Absentee ballots are available, and can be requested online. Virginia requires voters who want to vote absentee to present an excuse, which sometimes requires supporting information.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Virginia here.

West Virginia West Virginia

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the WV mail-in voter registration form here. Registration can be completed in person at the county clerk’s office, the Secretary of State’s office, the DMV, any public assistance office, any agency that serves people with disabilities, any marriage license office, or any military recruiting agency. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 13, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Acceptable forms of Non-Photo ID:

  • Voter registration card
  • Medicare card
  • Social Security card
  • birth certificate
  • WV hunting or fishing license
  • WV SNAP ID card
  • WV TANF program ID card
  • WV Medicaid ID card
  • bank or debit card
  • utility bill or bank statement issued within six months of the date of the election
  • health insurance card issued to the voter

Acceptable forms of Photo ID:

  • driver’s license or other WV ID card issued by the DMV
  • U.S. passport or passport card
  • military ID card issued by the U.S.
  • U.S. or WV government employee ID card
  • student ID card
  • a concealed carry permit.

There are exceptions to the voter ID requirement.

*If a voter does not have an ID and does not fall under any of the exception, the voter will vote a provisional ballot.

Early Voting

Early voting dates: October 21– 31, 2020

Early Voting at the county courthouse, annex or designated community voting location during normal business hours and Saturdays 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Absentee Voting

All registered West Virginia voters may vote by absentee ballot in person during the period of early voting. You may vote by absentee ballot by mail in West Virginia if:

  • Illness, injury or other medical reason (due to concerns of COVID-19, all voters may apply to vote absentee in the 2020 Primary Election because of “medical reason”)
  • Disability or advanced age
  • Incarceration or home detention
  • Work hours and distance from county seat
  • Inaccessible early voting site and polling place
  • Personal or business travel
  • Attendance at college or other place of education or training
  • Temporary residence outside of the county
  • Service as an elected or appointed state or federal official
  • Voters with physical disabilities that prevent them from voting in person and from voting paper ballots without assistance may request to receive their ballots electronically

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in West Virginia here.

Alaska Alaska

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote or update your registration online here with a current Alaska driver’s license or state ID. Alternatively, request a paper registration form here.

College students may vote if they have been a resident of the state and of the election district they seek to vote for at least 30 days before an election.

You are considered a resident of Alaska if you reside in the state and intend to stay or if you leave the state with the intent to return (use the last address at which you resided before leaving Alaska.)

Deadline

October 4, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials):

  • Voter ID card
  • Driver’s license
  • State ID card
  • Military ID card
  • U.S. passport
  • Hunting or fishing license
  • Other current or valid photo ID

Voters may also present the following forms of ID if they display the voter’s current address:

  • Utility bill
  • Paycheck
  • Government check
  • Bank statement
  • Any other government-issued document

Voters without valid ID or whose name does not appear on the precinct register must vote a questioned ballot.

Early Voting

Most in-person voting locations open 15 days before Election Day; early voting is available in Juneau, Soldotna, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks and Nome at designated locations. More information here.

Absentee Voting

Apply for an absentee ballot online here. Alaska is a no excuse absentee voting state. Alternatively, download an absentee ballot request form here, print it, fill it out, and mail, fax, or email it in to the Absentee Office, or contact the Division of Elections to request a paper application.

Applications for absentee ballots must be received at least 10 days before the election. Absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.


More information about voting in Alaska.

California CALIFORNIA

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. If you would like to register using a paper voter registration application, you can pick one up at your county elections office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, or U.S. post office. In elections conducted by your county elections official, you can “conditionally” register and vote at your county elections office after the 15-day voter registration deadline.

Deadline

October 19, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters in California are not required to present I.D. unless they did not provide it when registering to vote.

Early Voting

All voters in California are afforded early voting privileges, and the deadlines vary by locality.

Absentee Voting

A vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to each voter prior to the November 3, 2020 in addition to offering in-person voting locations. Your Vote-By-Mail Ballot Application must be returned to your county elections official at least 7 days before the election.

Mailed applications must be postmarked on/before election day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.


More information about voting in California.

Delaware Delaware

Voter Registration

How to Register

You can register to vote online, in person (at the DMV when applying to get a license, or other offices), by mail, or at a mobile event.

Deadline

October 10, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters in Delaware are not required to present I.D. unless they did not provide it when registering to vote.

Early Voting

Delaware does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting

Delaware voters may request an absentee ballot if they have one of the following excuses to vote absentee:

  • COVID-19
  • The voter is in public service for the U.S or State of Delaware, or the spouse or dependent of such voter (applies to Uniformed Service members)
  • the Voter cannot vote in person due to the nature of their business or occupation (ie. providing care to spouse, child, relative; student; or is incarcerated)
  • the voter will be absent from the district while on vacation
  • the voter will be unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to the tenets or teachings of his or her religion
  • unable to go the polls on Election Day due to sickness or temporary or permanent disability.

Your application must be received no later than four days before Election Day. Completed ballots must be returned to your county Department of Elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.


More information about voting in Delaware.

Hawaii Hawaii

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Hawaii law allows qualified individuals to pre-register at sixteen (16) years of age. Upon reaching eighteen (18) years of age, they will be automatically registered. You can also check your registration status at this link Voter registration applications are also available at post offices, state libraries, satellite city halls, most state agencies, clerks offices, and the office of elections.

Deadline

October 5, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Forms of acceptable identification include:

  • valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, etc.)
  • copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government issued document that shows your name and address

*Voters without valid photo ID are allowed to cast a provisional ballot, which will be counted so long as the voter submits valid photo ID before 5:00 PM the Friday after the election.

Early & AbsenteeVoting

Hawaii is now voting entirely by mail. Voted ballots are due by 7pm on Election Day.

More information about voting in Hawaii.

Indiana Indiana

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. You can also register to vote in person at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, government agencies while applying for services, armed forces recruitment agencies, and county voter registration offices and the Indiana Election Division.

Deadline

October 5, 2020

Voter ID Law

Acceptable forms of ID must: have a photo, have name that matches to your voter registration record, have an expiration date, and be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government. This includes:

  • Indiana driver’s license
  • Indiana photo ID card
  • Military ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • Student ID card from an Indiana State school

*If you are unable or unwilling to present ID meeting these requirements, you may cast a provisional ballot. If you cast a provisional ballot, you have until noon 10 days after the election to provide the necessary documentation to the county election board. Find more information here.

Early Voting

Indiana does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting

You may vote by absentee ballot In Indiana if:

  • you have a specific, reasonable expectation you will be absent from the county or unable to make it to the polls due to lack of transportation or employment on Election Day
  • you have a disability
  • you are at least 65 years of age
  • you will have election duties outside of your precinct on Election Day
  • you will be confined due to illness or injury
  • you are prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday
  • you are a member of the military or a public safety officer

Absentee ballots must be requested at least 12 days before the election. Voted ballots are due by noon on Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Indiana here.

Kentucky Kentucky

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Kentucky mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your County Clerk’s office. Registration forms can also be found at county clerk’s offices, license branches, social service agencies, and military recruitment offices.

Deadline

October 5, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials):

  • Kentucky driver’s license
  • Social Security card
  • U.S. government-issued ID card
  • Kentucky state government-issued card with picture
  • Credit card
  • OR other forms of ID with both a picture and signature

Early Voting

Kentucky does not allow early voting. Kentucky does have forms of in-person absentee voting (see below.)

Absentee Voting

You may vote absentee BY MAIL if:

  • Are advanced in age, disabled, or ill
  • Are in the military
  • Are an overseas citizen
  • Are a voter who temporarily resides outside the county and who maintains eligibility to vote in Kentucky
  • Are incarcerated, but not yet convicted of a crime
  • Are employed outside of the county all hours the polling place is open.

You can vote absentee IN PERSON if you:

  • Will be out of your county on Election Day
  • Are advanced in age, disabled, or ill
  • Are in the military overseas
  • Are a military personnel confined to base
  • Are a voter or the spouse of a voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day
  • Are pregnant in your third trimester
  • Are a precinct election officer appointed to serve in precinct other than your own

Absentee ballots must be requested at least 7 days before the election. Completed absentee mail-in ballots must be received by the County Clerk’s office by 6 p.m. on Election Day. Learn more about absentee voting here.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Kentucky here.

Maryland Maryland

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Maryland mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your local Registrar of Voters office. If you registered to vote by mail, you must vote in person the first time you vote. You can also register to vote on Election Day if you show ID and proof of residence. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 13, 2020.

Voter ID Laws

You do not need to present ID when voting in Maryland.

Early Voting

All voters in Maryland are given early voting privileges without any registrations necessary to vote early. Early voting starts October 22, 2020 and ends October 29, 2020.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Maryland voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Absentee ballots must be requested at least 7 days. Voted ballots are due postmarked on or before Election Day and received by 10AM, 10 days after Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Maryland here.

Minnesota MINNESOTA

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download Minnesota’s mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your municipal clerk’s office. You can also register to vote on Election Day if you show ID and proof of residence.

Deadline

October 13, 2020

Voter ID Laws

You do not need to present ID when voting in Minnesota.

Early Voting

All Minnesota voters are given early voting privileges without any registrations necessary to vote early. Early voting starts July 26, 2020 and ends August 10, 2020.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Minnesota voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots must be requested at least 1 days before the election. Normally, you will need a witness when you vote and complete your ballot. The witness can be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary. Due to COVID19, there is no witness requirement for registered voters for the 2020 state primary or general elections. Voted ballots are due by 8pm on Election Day if mailed or by 3pm on Election Day if delivered in person.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Minnesota here.

Montana MONTANA

Voter Registration

How to register

Montana does not allow for online voter registration. Mail-in voter registration form here. Citizens can fill out a registration application, register to vote at their county election office, or fill out an application when applying for or renewing a driver’s license or state ID. Late registration is available until the close of polls on the day of the election, except on the day before the election between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Deadline

October 4, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters need current photo ID or can provide one of the following:

  • current utility bill
  • bank statement,
  • paycheck,
  • voter confirmation notice,
  • government check or other government document that shows name and current address.

*If a voter doesn’t have any of the items listed above, they can still vote by requesting and filling out a “Polling Place Elector ID” form or cast a provisional ballot and provide one of the items listed above.

Early Voting

See below.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Montana voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Montana does not have true early voting, but does have in-person absentee voting that allows electors, as soon as absentee ballots are available, to receive, mark and submit an absentee ballot in person at the election office or by mail to the election office. However, ballots are not counted until Election Day. Early-in person absentee voting does not require a reason and starts as soon as ballots are available – by not later than 30 days before an election. Voted ballots must be by 8pm Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Montana here.

New Hampshire NEW HAMPSHIRE

Voter Registration

How to register

New Hampshire does not allow online voter registration. In order to register to vote, you can either apply to your town or city clerk’s office, register with your community’s Supervisors of the Checklist, or register to vote, at any election, at their polling place on election day. No matter when or where you register to vote, you will be required to fill out a New Hampshire voter registration form. You will be asked to show proof of identity, age, citizenship and domicile. This proof may be shown in paper or electronic form.

Deadline

November 3, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (can be expired within 5 years):

  • Driver’s license
  • photo ID card issued by the NH director of motor vehicles or motor vehicle agency of another state
  • voter ID card
  • U.S. armed services photo ID card
  • U.S. passport,
  • valid student ID card*
  • any other valid photo ID issued by federal, state, county, or municipal government
  • any other photo ID that is determined to be legitimate by the supervisors of the checklist, the moderator, or the town or city clerk.

*A list of acceptable IDs from colleges and high schools can be found here.

Early Voting

New Hampshire does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, any New Hampshire voter can apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail for the 2020 primary and general elections. Voted ballots must be received by 5pm Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in New Hampshire here.

New York NEW YORK

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here, or through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Mail-in voter registration form here. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 9, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters in New York are not required to present I.D. unless you registered to vote by mail and are voting in a federal election for the first time.

Early Voting

Early voting dates: October 24-November 1, 2020.

Absentee Voting

For the 2020 elections, all eligible voters can vote absentee as “temporary illness” has been expanded to include the potential to contract COVID-19 for elections. All voters eligible to vote in the remaining primary were mailed an absentee ballot as of July 1, 2020. Voted ballots must be 1 day before Election Day and received 7 days after Election Day. Voted ballots can also be turned in by hand on election day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in New York here.

Ohio Ohio

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Ohio mail-in voter registration form here. Ohio is now moving to voting almost entirely by mail due to coronavirus. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

August 8, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID:

  • unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state ID card with present or former address
  • military ID
  • unexpired photo ID issued by the US government or State of Ohio
  • original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address
  • original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address
  • original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address
  • original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address
  • original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.

*If you do not have any of the above forms of identification you may provide either your Ohio driver’s license or state ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number and cast a provisional ballot.

Early Voting

Ohio does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting

All Ohio voters whose registration information is up-to-date have the opportunity to vote in any election by requesting an absentee ballot. Voters need only fill out and return an application by noon on October 31, 2020. All registered voters may request and vote using an in-person absentee ballot in person at their county board of elections or early voting center. Voted ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received no later than 10 days after Election Day, or delivered in person on Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Ohio here.

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Pennsylvania mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your county voter registration office. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 19, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Most voters in Pennsylvania are not required to present ID. You will have to present either photo or non-photo ID if you are voting for the first time.

Early Voting

Pennsylvania does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting

You can vote by absentee ballot in Pennsylvania if you:

  • Are in the military or a member of the Merchant Marine
  • Are a veteran who is bedridden or hospitalized due to illness or physical disability
  • Are ill or physically disabled
  • Expect your occupation or duties will cause you to be away from your municipality
  • Are employed by the Commonwealth or the Federal Government and your duties require you to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of your residence
  • Are employed by the county and you expect that your Election Day duties will prevent you from voting
  • Will be observing a religious holiday and will be unable to vote

Absentee ballots must be requested at least 7 days before the election. Completed absentee mail-in ballots must be received by the county election’s office by 6 p.m. on Election Day. Learn more about absentee voting here.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Pennsylvania here.

South Dakota South Dakota

Voter Registration

How to Register

South Dakota does not permit online voter registration. Download the mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your County Auditor. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 19, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials):

  • South Dakota driver’s license or nondriver ID card
  • U.S. government photo ID
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID
  • Current student photo identification card from a South Dakota high school or South Dakota accredited institution of higher education
  • Tribal photo ID

*If you do not have a photo ID, you can sign a personal identification affidavit and will still be allowed to vote with a regular ballot.

Early Voting

South Dakota does not allow early voting. However, voters can apply to vote absentee in person between September 18, 2020 and November 2, 2020.

Absentee Voting

Any registered South Dakota voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail or in person. Absentee ballots must be requested at least 1 day before the election before 5PM. Voted ballots must be received by your County Election Official on Election Day in enough time to deliver your ballot to your voting precinct before the polls close. Learn more about absentee voting here.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in South Dakota here.

Utah Utah

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Utah mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your county clerk’s office. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 4, 2020 by mail or October 27, 2020 in-person or online.

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials):

  • Utah driver license
  • ID card issued by the state or federal government
  • U.S. passport
  • Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon
  • Military ID
  • Tribal ID

*If one of these forms of ID is not available, two forms of ID bearing the voter’s name that provides evidence of residence in the voting precinct may be used, including: utility bill; bank or other financial account statement; birth certificate; valid Social Security card; Medicaid or Medicare Electronic Benefits Transfer card; ID card issued by an employer or a college, university, technical school, or professional school in Utah.

Early Voting

All voters in Utah are given early voting privileges without any registrations necessary to vote early. Early voting starts October 20, 2020 and ends October 30, 2020.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Utah voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by absentee ballot. Overseas voters must request an absentee ballot at least 20 days before the election. For everyone else, absentee ballots must be requested by the Friday before Election Day. Completed absentee mail-in ballots must be received by the City Recorders Office postmarked the day before the election.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Utah here.

Washington Washington

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the WA mail-in voter registration form here. Forms in other languages here. In-person registration is available through Election Day. Washington now automatically registers eligible individuals to vote through the DMV, health benefit exchange, and other state agencies approved by the governor.

Deadline

October 26, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Most WA voters now vote by mail. However, county auditors are required to open at least one vote center where voters can cast a ballot in person, and the ID requirement applies to those voters. Acceptable ID if voting in person:

  • driver’s license
  • state ID card
  • student ID card
  • tribal ID card
  • employer ID card

*Anyone who desires to vote in person but cannot provide ID shall be issued a provisional ballot.

Early Voting

All mail with AVU options, starts October 16, 2020.

Absentee Voting

All Washington elections are held by mail. You may apply for an absentee ballot if you need your ballot mailed someplace other than your usual mailing address. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Washington here.

Wisconsin Wisconsin

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Wisconsin mail-in voter registration form here. You may also register at your polling place on election day. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 14, 2020 by mail or online, October 30, 2020 in-person.

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (can be expired after the date of the most recent general election):

  • Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license
  • Wisconsin DOT-issued ID card
  • U.S.Military ID card
  • U.S. passport
  • ID card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
  • photo ID card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. Also, the university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment

These photo IDs are also acceptable, but must be unexpired:

  • a veteran’s photo ID card issued by the Veterans Health Administration of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs
  • certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented
  • a receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
  • temporary ID card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT through the ID Peteition Process (IDPP)
  • a citation or notice to recoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election.

*If you cannot present one of these forms of ID, you can still cast a provisional ballot.

Early Voting

Dates depend on municipality.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Wisconsin voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. When voting by absentee ballot, you must submit a copy of a valid photo ID with your absentee ballot unless you are exempt from this requirement by statute (typically, certain military, overseas, and indefinitely confined voters) or may have an alternative process to verify your identity.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Wisconsin here.

Arizona Arizona

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote or update your registration online here. If you have an Arizona Driver License and/or an Arizona non-operating I.D. card issued by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), you may register to vote through Service Arizona EZ Voter Registration.

By Mail – You can either print off a form online (PDF) or request that a registration form be mailed to you from your County Recorder. After completing the voter registration form, mail it to your county recorder’s office.

In-Person – You may visit your County Recorder’s Office and fill out a registration form in person. Address Confidentiality Program Members – You should only register to vote through the ACP process.

Deadline

October 5, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Acceptable ID: one form of ID from List 1 or two different forms of ID from Lists 2 or 3.

List 1 –

  • Valid Arizona driver license
  • Valid Arizonnon-operating ID card
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal ID
  • Valid US federal, state, or local government issued ID

List 2 – Sufficient ID without a photo that bear the name and address:

  • Utility bill of the elector that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election.
  • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election
  • Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration
  • Indian census card
  • Property tax statement of the elector’s residence
  • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal ID Arizona vehicle insurance card
  • Recorder’s Certificate,
  • Valid United States federal, state, or local government issued ID

List 3 – Any valid photo ID from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the precinct register accompanied by a non-photo ID from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register, U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2, U.S. Military ID without address and one valid item from List 2.

Early Voting

AZ does have permanent early voting, but only those with permanent physical disabilities are eligible.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Arizona voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. The request must be submitted by the Friday before the election.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.


More information about voting in Arizona.

Colorado Colorado

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Printable voter registration forms are also available on the Secretary of State’s website, the county clerk and recorder’s office, and any federal post office that provides voter registration applications. You may then mail, fax, or scan and email your complete and signed form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. You can also register to vote in-person at a physical office, which includes: a Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle office when you apply for or update your driver’s license; offices that provide public assistance; recruitment offices of the armed forces of the U.S.; any federal, state, or local government office or any nongovernment office that chooses to provide voter registration service or applications; or a voter service and polling center.

Deadline

October 26, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Acceptable ID:

  • Colorado driver’s license or ID card issued by the CO Department of Revenue
  • U.S. passport
  • employee ID card with photo issued by the U.S. government, CO state government, or political subdivision of CO
  • pilot’s license
  • U.S. military ID card with photo
  • copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that has name and address
  • Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood
  • Medicare or Medicaid card
  • certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate
  • certified documentation of naturalization
  • student ID card with photo issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado
  • veteran ID card with photo
  • ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership.
  • verification that a voter is a resident of a group residential facility
  • verification that a voter is a person committed to the department of human services and confined and eligible to register and vote
  • written correspondence from county sheriff that voter is in county jail/detention facility

Early Voting

All registered Colorado voters receive mail ballots. See below.

Absentee Voting

You only need to apply for an absentee ballot if you need your ballot mailed someplace other than your usual address. Your county clerk must receive your ballot no later than 7:00 PM on Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.


More information about voting in Colorado.

Florida Florida

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. The form can also be printed and submitted to the Secretary of State via mail. Check your voter registration status here.

Deadline

October 5, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Acceptable ID:

  • Florida driver’s license
  • Florida ID card issued by the Dept. of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • U.S. passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military ID
  • Student ID
  • Retirement center ID
  • Neighborhood association ID
  • Public assistance ID
  • Veteran health I.D. card issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm
  • employee I.D. card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality.

Early Voting

Florida voters may vote early between October 24-31. More information here.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Florida voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. A voter can pick up their own vote-by-mail ballot at any time once the ballot becomes available, including Election Day. A voter’s designee can pick up a ballot but no earlier than 9 days before Election Day. Voted ballots are due by 7 PM on Election Day. Some counties will let you order your absentee ballot online or via an email to your Supervisor of Elections. You can check with your Supervisor of Elections to see if this is possible in your county here.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.


More information about voting in Florida.

Idaho Idaho

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download Idaho’s mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your County Clerk’s office. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

August 21, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Forms of acceptable identification include:

  • Idaho driver’s license
  • Idaho ID card
  • U.S. Passport
  • Tribal ID card
  • Student photo ID card issued by a high school or accredited institution of higher education within Idaho
  • License to carry a concealed weapon issued by Idaho county sheriff

*Voters can complete a signed affidavit in lieu of providing ID and submit to the Secretary of State. Find out more information here.

Early Voting

All voters in Idaho are given early voting privileges. Early voting starts October 17, 2020 and ends October 31, 2020.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Illinois voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Absentee ballots must be requested at least 11 days before the election. Completed absentee mail-in ballots must be received by the County Clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Learn more about absentee voting here

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Idaho.

Iowa Iowa

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download Iowa’s mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your county auditor office. You can also get a mail-in form from your county auditor office, libraries, colleges, and high schools, or by calling the Secretary of State’s office.

Deadline

October 19, 2020 by mail or October, 24, 2020 online. If you missed the registration deadlines, you can register and vote on election day at your polling place with proof of ID and proof of residence.

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID:

  • Iowa Voter ID Card
  • Iowa driver’s dicense
  • Iowa non-operator ID
  • U.S. Military ID
  • Veteran ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • Tribal ID card

*A voter without one of the above forms of ID may have the voter’s identity attested by another registered voter in the precinct or may prove identity and residence using Election Day registration documents listed here.

Early Voting

Iowa does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Iowa voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Absentee ballots must be requested at least 1 day before the election in person or 10 days before the election by mail. Voted ballots are due postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received by noon 6 days after Election Day to your county auditor office.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Iowa.

Louisiana LOUISIANA

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Louisiana mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your local Registrar of Voters office. If you registered to vote by mail, you must vote in person the first time you vote. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 5, 2020 for in-person or by mail registration. October 13, 2020 for online registration.

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials):

  • Louisiana driver’s license
  • Louisiana Special ID
  • LA Wallet digital driver’s license
  • OR any other picture ID that contains your name and signature.

*If a voter does not have any of these forms of ID, the voter may still cast a vote by signing a voter affidavit and providing any further identification requested by the commissioners in a timely manner.

Early Voting

All voters in Lousiana are given early voting privileges without any registrations necessary to vote early. Early voting starts October 20, 2020 and ends October 27, 2020.

Absentee Voting

You may vote by absentee ballot in Louisiana if you:

  • Are 65 years of age or older
  • Are a minister, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy
  • Are or expect to be temporarily outside your voting precinct during the early voting period and on Election Day
  • Are involuntarily confined in an institution for mental treatment and you are not judicially declared incompetent
  • Are hospitalized or sequestered on Election Day and were hospitalized or sequestered during the early voting period or did not know you would be hospitalized or sequestered on Election Day
  • Are incarcerated and you are not serving time for a felony conviction
  • OR are employed by the secretary of state’s office

Absentee ballots must be requested at least 4 days before the election by 4:30 PM. Voted ballots are due by 4:30pm, one day before Election Day (most voters) or Election Day (hospitalized voters).

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Louisiana here.

Massachusetts MASSACHUSETTS

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Massachusetts mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your city or town hall. Massachusetts automatically registers eligible individuals to vote through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 14, 2020

Voter ID Laws

You do not need to present ID when voting in Massachusetts.

Early Voting

All voters are given early voting privileges without any registrations necessary to vote early. Early voting starts August 22, 2020 and ends August 28, 2020.

Absentee Voting

A voter may cast an absentee ballot if you:

  • Have a physical disability
  • Are away from your polling place on Election Day
  • Have a religious belief that prevents you from getting to your polling place

Absentee ballots must be requested by noon, 2 business days before Election Day, but the Secretary of State recommends you request 7 days before Election Day. Voted ballots must be received either in person or by mail by your local election official no later than the close of polls on Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Massachusetts here.

Mississippi Mississippi

Voter Registration

How to register

Mississippi does not allow online registration. You can download Mississippi’s mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your Circuit Clerk’s office. You can also register to vote in-person at your Circuit or Municipal Clerk’s office, when you get your driver’s license at the Department of Public Safety. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

August 8, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (or place a copy of the ID in absentee ballot materials):

  • Mississippi Voter ID Card
  • Driver’s license
  • U.S. passport
  • Government photo ID card
  • Government employee ID card
  • Firearms license
  • Student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college
  • Military ID card
  • Tribal photo ID card

*Individuals without ID can cast an affidavit ballot which will be counted if the individual returns to the appropriate circuit clerk within five days after the election and shows government-issued photo ID.

Early Voting

Mississippi does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting

You may vote by absentee ballot in Mississippi if you:

  • Will be away from your county on Election Day
  • Are sixty-five (65) years of age or older
  • Have a temporary or permanent physical disability
  • Are the caretaker of a person with a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized on Election Day
  • Are required to be at work on Election Day during the times at which the polls will be open

Absentee ballots must be requested at least 7 days before the election. Voted ballots must be received by 5pm, 1 day before Election Day by mail or 3 days before Election Day in person.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Mississippi here.

Nebraska NEBRASKA

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. You can also print out and mail an application into your county election office. Mail-in application form found here. A voter registration application can be completed in person at the county clerk or election commissioner’s office or at the Department of Motor Vehicles when applying for or renewing your driver’s license. You may also register through the state Department of Health and Human Services and State Department of Education at the time of application.

Deadline

October 16, 2020 (by mail, online, or in person at state agency) or October 23, 2020 (in person at County Election Office)

Voter ID Laws

Voters in Nebraska are not required to present I.D. unless they did not provide it when mailing in their registration application.

Early Voting

Early voting in county election offices occurs between October 5 and November 2, 2020. The last day to request an early voting ballot to be mailed is October 23, 2020. More information here.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Nebraska voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Voted ballots must be received by Election Day. Requests for absentee ballots must be submitted by October 23, 2020.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Nebraska here.

New Jersey NEW JERSEY

Voter Registration

How to register

New Jersey does not allow online voter registration. The registrant must complete a Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form and mail or deliver it to the county commissioner for your county. Mail-in voter registration application forms are different for each county. Find the right mail-in form here.

Deadline

October 13, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters in New Jersey are not required to present I.D. unless they did not provide it when registering to vote by mail.

Early Voting

New Jersey does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting

Any registered New Jersey voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Voted ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received within 48 hours of polls closing. The ballot request must be received by 3pm, 1 day before Election Day (in person) or 7 days before Election Day (by mail)

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in New Jersey here.

North Carolina NORTH CAROLINA

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. Mail-in voter registration form here. Applications are also available at election board offices, public libraries, high schools, and college admissions offices. Voter registration applications must be postmarked or received by the county board of elections at least 25 days before the election. Voter registration services are also provided by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Departments of Social Services (DSS), Departments of Public Health (WIC), vocational rehabilitation offices, Departments of Services for the Blind, Departments of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Departments of Mental Health Services, and the Employment Security Commission (ESC).

Deadline

October 9, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID (can only be expired within a year unless voter is 65+):

  • driver’s license or non-operator ID
  • U.S. passport/passport card
  • North Carolina Voter ID card,
  • approved employee ID from an approved state or local gov. employment
  • approved student ID
  • tribal enrollment card from approved state tribe or federal tribe if the card contains a photograph and an expiration date,
  • military or veteran ID card

*List of approved schools and tribes here.

*If you do not have a valid photo ID card on election day, you may still vote and have your vote counted by signing an affidavit of reasonable impediment as to why you have not presented a valid photo ID.

Early Voting

Early voting dates: October 15-30, 2020.

Absentee Voting

Any registered North Carolina voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Voting absentee in North Carolina requires witnesses. Voted ballots must be returned to the county board of elections, postmarked no later than Election Day and received no later than 3 days after Election Day, or delivered in person on Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in North Carolina here.

Oklahoma Oklahoma

Voter Registration

How to register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Oklahoma mail-in voter registration form here. Voter registration applications are available at your County Election Board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and many other public locations. You will be offered a voter registration application when you get your driver’s license and when you apply for assistance at some government agencies. Once an applicant has been successfully registered, they will be mailed a voter ID card.

Deadline

October 9, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Any document used for proof of identity that has been issued by the United States government, the State of Oklahoma, or a federally recognized tribal government is acceptable voter ID. Must have name, photo, and an expiration date that is after the date of the election, unless the ID is valid indefinitely. In addition, voters may use the free voter ID card they received by mail from the County Election Board when they registered to vote.

*If you do not have or if you refuse to show proof of identity, you may vote by provisional ballot and prove your identity by signing a sworn affidavit.

Early Voting

Early voting dates: August 29-31, 2020.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Oklahoma voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail by applying and filing a notarized affidavit. To request an absentee ballot, you can fill out a form with the Oklahoma State Election Board, or an individual can use the board’s online voting absentee ballot application. You must mail or deliver in person your absentee ballot to your county election board no later than close of business on the day before the election. Due to the governor’s COVID-19 state of emergency, there are now expanded options for absentee voter verification for the 2020 elections. For standard absentee ballot affidavits (yellow stripe), the affidavit may be notarized OR the voter may submit a copy of a valid ID. For “physically incapacitated” absentee ballot affidavits (pink stripe) or caretaker absentee ballot affidavits (pink stripe), the affidavit may be witnessed by two people OR the voter may submit a copy of a valid ID.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Oklahoma here.

Rhode Island Rhode Island

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Rhode Island mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your county voter registration office. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 4, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID:

  • Rhode Island driver’s license or permit
  • U.S. passport
  • ID card issued by a U.S. educational institution
  • US military ID card
  • Government issued medical card
  • Tribal ID
  • Rhode Island voter ID card

*If you do not bring an acceptable photo ID to the polling place, you will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot. Mail in voting does not require supplying ID.

Early Voting

Rhode Island does not allow early voting.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Rhode Island voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Absentee ballots must be requested at least 21 days before the election by mail. All mail ballots must be received by the State Board of Elections by 8PM the night of the election.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Rhode Island here.

Tennessee Tennessee

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Tennessee mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your county election commission.

Deadline

October 5, 2020

Voter ID Laws

Voters are required to present one of the following forms of ID at your polling place:

  • Tennessee driver’s license
  • U.S. passport
  • Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government,
  • Military photo ID
  • Tennessee handgun carry permit with a photo

*If you don’t bring a photo ID, you can cast a provisional ballot. You will then have 2 business days after Election Day to return to the election commission office to show a valid photo ID. You can also obtain a free photo ID from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Early Voting

All Tennessee voters are given early voting privileges without any registrations necessary to vote early. Early voting starts October 14, 2020 and ends October 29, 2020.

Absentee Voting

You can apply to vote by absentee ballot in Tennessee if you:

  • Will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day
  • Are in the military
  • Are an overseas citizen
  • Are a student outside the county of registration
  • Are physically disabled, ill, hospitalized, or have a medical reason that prevents you from voting in person
  • Are aged 65 years or older
  • Will be serving jury duty
  • Are an election day official or an employee of the election commission
  • Will be observing a religious ceremony or holiday

Absentee ballots must be requested at least 7 days before the election. Completed absentee ballots must be received by your county election commission no later than the close of polls on Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Tennessee.

Vermont Vermont

Voter Registration

How to Register

Register to vote online here. Alternatively, download the Vermont mail-in voter registration form here, print it, fill it out, and mail it in to your town clerk’s office. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

Vermont has same-day voter registration. Registration is available during all polling hours on Election Day.

Voter ID Laws

Voters in Vermont are not required to present ID.

Early Voting

All voters in Vermont are given early voting privileges without any registrations necessary to vote early. Early voting starts June 27, 2020 and ends August 10, 2020.

Absentee Voting

Any registered Vermont voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Absentee ballots must be requested at least 1 day before the election. Completed absentee mail-in ballots must be returned to the town clerk’s office or to your polling place before 7PM on the day of the election.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Vermont here.

Washington DC WASHINGTOn, D.C.

Voter Registration

How to Register

You can complete the entire registration process by downloading and mailing in the Mail in Voter Registration Application. If you do not have a DMV-issued ID or you do not consent to the use of your signature on file at the DMV as your signature for your application, you can still complete the voter registration application online, but you must then print and sign the application, and return it to the D.C. Board of Elections. Check your registration status here.

Deadline

October 13, 2020.

Voter ID Laws

None

*If you registered to vote by mail and you’re voting in DC for the first time, bring one of the following to vote in person early or on Election Day:

  • A government-issued photo ID
  • utility bill
  • bank statement
  • government check
  • paycheck
  • student housing statement/tuition bill
  • homeless shelter occupancy statement
  • lease
  • other government document that shows your name and address.

Early Voting

Early voting dates: October 27-November 2, 2020. More information here.

Absentee Voting

DC allows all eligible registered voters to vote by mail for any reason. You will receive your ballot by mail. Instructions on how to vote and return your ballot will be included along with your ballot. Your voted and mailed ballot must be postmarked or otherwise demonstrated to have been sent on or before Election Day, and must arrive no later than the 7th day after Election Day.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in D.C. here.

Wyoming Wyoming

Voter Registration

How to Register

Wyoming does not permit online voter registration. You may register in person (office of the county clerk or town clerk), by mail, or at the polls on Election Day. To vote by mail, the Voter Registration Form must be printed and filled out in front of a notary or registry agent. Voters may also print out a Voter Registration Form and hand deliver the form to the county clerk in their county of residence.

Deadline

October 19, 2020.

Voter ID Laws

None.

*However, if you registered to vote by mail and are voting in a federal election for the first time, you must show photo ID or a document that has both your name and residence address.

Early Voting

As early as 45 days before the election, return by election day.

Absentee Voting

Wyoming is now voting entirely by mail.

Polling Locations Near You

Find one here.

More information about voting in Wyoming here.