Absentee Ballot Deadlines

It's best to double check with your state for any recent changes to election rules in your state.

Absentee ballot applications must be received by the deadline, not just postmarked by the deadline.

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Absentee Ballot Deadlines and Ballot Tracker by State
StateAbsentee Ballot Application DeadlineVoted Absentee Ballot is DueBallot Tracker

Alabama

  • In Person: Received 5 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by noon on Election Day if delivered by mail or if delivered by medical emergency designee. Received by close of business on the day before the election if hand delivered.

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Alaska

  • In Person: Received 10 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 10 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 10 days before Election Day.

Postmarked by Election Day and received 10 days after Election Day.

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Arizona

  • In Person: Received by 5pm, 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by 5pm, 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received by 5pm, 11 days before Election Day.

Received by 7pm on Election Day.

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Arkansas

  • In Person: Received the Friday before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

If delivered in person, must be received by close of business the day before Election Day. If delivered by mail, must be received by 7:30pm on Election Day.

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California

  • In Person: If you need to change where your ballot is mailed, your application should be received by the 7th day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: If you need to change where your ballot is mailed, your application should be received by the 7th day before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked by Election Day and received no later than 7 days after the Election.

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Colorado

  • In Person: N/A
  • By Mail: If you need to change where your ballot is mailed, submit address change at least 8 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 7pm on Election Day.

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Connecticut

  • In Person: Received 1 day before Election Day
  • By Mail: Received 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by close of polls on Election Day if returned by mail or by a voter's immediate family/qualified designee. But if returned by the voter in-person, received by the day before Election Day.

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Delaware

  • In Person: Received by 12pm on the day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 4 days before Election Day.

Received by 8pm on Election Day.

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District of Columbia

  • In Person: N/A
  • By Mail: Received 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 15 days before Election Day.

Postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than 10 days after Election Day.

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Florida

  • In Person: Received by 5pm 10 days before Election Day
  • By Mail: Received by 5pm 10 days before Election Day
  • Online: Received by 5pm 10 days before Election Day

Received by 7pm on Election Day. A 10-day extension exists for overseas voters voting in Presidential Primaries and General Elections, provided the ballot is postmarked or dated by Election Day.

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Georgia

  • In Person: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 11 days before Election Day.

Received by the time the polls close on Election Day.

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Hawaii

  • In Person: If you need to change where your ballot is mailed, submit address change at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: If you need to change where your ballot is mailed, submit address change at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A, Hawaii has transitioned to all-mail voting with no application required.

Received by 7pm on Election Day.

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Idaho

  • In Person: Received by 5pm on the Friday before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by 5pm 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received by 5pm 11 days before Election Day.

Received by 8pm on Election Day.

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Illinois

  • In Person: Received 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 5 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 5 days before Election Day.

Postmarked by Election Day and received by 14 days after Election Day.

Contact your local Illinois election official

Indiana

  • In Person: Received 12 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 12 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 12 days before Election Day.

Voted ballots are due by 6pm on Election Day.

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Iowa

  • In Person: Received 1 day before Election Day unless the polls open at noon. If the polls open at noon, you may cast an absentee ballot at the county auditor's office from 8am to 11am on Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received before close of polls on Election Day.

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Kansas

  • In Person: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked by Election Day and received 3 days after Election Day.

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Kentucky

  • In Person: N/A
  • By Mail: N/A
  • Online: Received by 11:59 PM 14 days before Election Day.

Received by 6pm Election Day.

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Louisiana

  • In Person: Received by 4:30pm, 4 days before Election Day (unless this day falls on a weekend or holiday; then the deadline is the following business day).
  • By Mail: Received by 4:30pm, 4 days before Election Day (unless this day falls on a weekend or holiday; then the deadline is the following business day).
  • Online: Received by 4:30pm, 4 days before Election Day (unless this day falls on a weekend or holiday; then the deadline is the following business day).

Received by 4:30pm, 1 day before Election Day (most voters). Received by Election Day (members of the military, overseas, hospitalized, and sequestered jury voters).

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Maine

  • In Person: Received 3 business days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 3 business days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 3 business days before Election Day.

Received by municipal clerk before polls close on Election Day.

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Maryland

  • In Person: Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 7 days before Election Day.

Postmarked on or before Election Day and received by 10am, 10 days after Election Day.

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Massachusetts

  • In Person: Received by noon, 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 4 business days before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received Election Day.

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Michigan

  • In Person: Received by 4pm 1 day before Election Day (if already registered); received before 8pm on Election Day (if a new/updated registrant). If you request your absentee ballot the day before the election or on Election Day, you must vote the ballot in the clerk's office.
  • By Mail: Received 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 4 days before Election Day.

Received by the time the polls close on Election Day.

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Minnesota

  • In Person: Received 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 1 day before Election Day.

Received by 8pm on Election Day if by mail or received by 3pm on Election Day if they are hand-delivered to a drop box or elections office.

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Mississippi

  • In Person: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day. In-person absentee voting for those with a qualifying excuse ends 3 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked by Election Day and received within 5 business days of Election Day (by mail); Received by noon 3 days before Election Day (in person).

Contact your local Mississippi election official

Missouri

  • In Person: Received by 5pm on the day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by 5pm on the second Wednesday prior to Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by the close of polls on Election Day.

Contact your local Missouri election official

Montana

  • In Person: Received by noon, 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by noon, 1 day before before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 8pm on Election Day.

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Nebraska

  • In Person: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by close of polls on Election Day.

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Nevada

  • In Person: N/A (all registered voters will receive a vote by mail ballot)
  • By Mail: N/A (all registered voters will receive a vote by mail ballot)
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked on or before Election Day.

Track your Nevada ballot

New Hampshire

  • In Person: No specific deadline.
  • By Mail: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 5pm Election Day.

Track your New Hampshire ballot

New Jersey

  • In Person: Received by 3pm, the day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by Election Day, or Postmarked by Election Day and received 144 hours after polls close.

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New Mexico

  • In Person: Received by the Thursday immediately prior to Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by the Thursday immediately prior to Election Day.
  • Online: Received by the Thursday immediately prior to Election Day.

Received by 7pm on Election Day.

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New York

  • In Person: Received 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 15 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 15 days before Election Day

Postmarked on Election Day and received 7 days after Election Day. Voted ballots can also be turned in by hand on election day.

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North Carolina

  • In Person: Received by 5pm 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by 5pm, 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 7 days before Election Day.

If in person, 5pm on Election Day. If by mail, postmarked on Election Day.

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North Dakota

  • In Person: No specific deadline.
  • By Mail: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked 1 day before Election Day.

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Ohio

  • In Person: Received by noon 3 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by noon 3 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked no later than the day before Election Day and received no later than 10 days after Election Day, or delivered in person on or before Election Day.

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Oklahoma

  • In Person: Received by 5pm on the third Monday preceding Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by 5pm on the third Monday preceding an election.
  • Online: Received by 5pm on the third Monday preceding an election.

If mailed, received by 7pm on Election Day. If hand-delivered, received by close of business the day before the election.

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Oregon

  • In Person: N/A
  • By Mail: If you need to change where your ballot is mailed, submit address change at least 5 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked by Election Day and received not later than 7 days after Election Day.

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Pennsylvania

  • In Person: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received by 5pm on the first Tuesday before Election Day.

Received by 8pm on Election Day.

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Rhode Island

  • In Person: Received by 4pm, 21 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by 4pm, 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 8pm on Election Day.

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South Carolina

  • In Person: 5pm on the day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by 5:00pm 4 days prior to the election. However, the state strongly recommends that voters' applications are received two weeks before Election Day to provide time for receiving and returning ballots by mail.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 7pm on Election Day.

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South Dakota

  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by Election Day.

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Tennessee

  • In Person: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received Election Day.

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Texas

  • In Person: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 11 days before Election Day
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked by 7pm on Election Day and received by 5pm the day after Election Day (except for ballots cast from an address outside the US, which must be postmarked by 7pm on Election Day and received no later than 5 days after Election Day).

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Utah

  • In Person: Utah automatically sends ballots to all registered voters, but for individuals who need a ballot mailed to a location other than their registration address, an application must be received 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Utah automatically sends ballots to all registered voters, but for individuals who need a ballot mailed to a location other than their registration address, an application must be received 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Utah automatically sends ballots to all registered voters, but for individuals who need a ballot mailed to a location other than their registration address, an application must be received 11 days before Election Day.

If in-person, received by Election Day; if mailed, postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received before noon on the day of the county canvass.

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Vermont

  • In Person: Received 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 1 day before Election Day.

If mailed, it must be received by the close of business the day before the election. Voters may also submit their ballots by hand at their polling location on Election Day.

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Virginia

  • In Person: Received 3 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 11 days before Election Day.

Postmarked by Election Day and received by noon 3 days after Election Day.

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Washington

  • In Person: N/A
  • By Mail: Washington automatically sends a ballot to every registered voter, but also provides a special application for voters who are unable to receive and return a ballot during the regular absentee ballot window. This application can be submitted in person starting 90 days before the election.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked by Election Day.

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West Virginia

  • In Person: Received 6 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 6 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Mailed ballots must be postmarked by general Election Day and received by 5 days after general Election Day (unless that day is a Sunday, then the deadline is the following Monday). Mailed ballots with no postmark will be counted if received by 1 day after general Election Day. Ballots returned in person must be received one day before general Election Day.

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Wisconsin

  • In Person: The Sunday before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 5 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 5 days before Election Day.

Received by 8pm on Election Day.

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Wyoming

  • In Person: Received 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 7pm on Election Day.

Track your Wyoming ballot