Absentee Ballot Deadlines

Last updated on October 22, 2019 - as always, 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.

State Absentee Ballot Application Deadline Voted Absentee Ballot is Due

Alabama

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

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.

Arizona

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

Arkansas

  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day
  • Online: 7 days before Election Day
Election Day.

California

  • In Person: On Election Day
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day
  • Online: 7 days before Election Day
Postmarked by Election Day and received within 3 days of Election Day.

Colorado

  • In Person: On Election Day
  • By Mail: 8 days before Election Day.
  • Online: On Election Day
Received by Election Day.

Connecticut

  • In Person:
  • By Mail: 1 day before Election Day. We recommend applying at 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Election Day.

Delaware

  • In Person: Before 12 Noon the day before the election.
  • By Mail: 1 day before Election Day. We recommend applying at 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Received by Election Day.

District of Columbia

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

Florida

  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 10 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Election Day.

Georgia

  • In Person:
  • By Mail: 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Election Day.

Hawaii

  • In Person: Election Day.
  • By Mail: Election Day.
  • Online:
Election Day.

Idaho

  • In Person: 4 days before Election Day
  • By Mail: 11 days before Election Day
  • Online:
Election Day.

Illinois

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

Indiana

  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day
  • By Mail: 12 days before Election Day
  • Online:
Election Day.

Iowa

  • In Person: 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 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on election day.
  • By Mail: 10 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Postmarked one day before Election Day and received 6 days after Election Day.

Kansas

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

Kentucky

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

Louisiana

  • In Person:
  • By Mail: 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
1 day before Election Day (most voters). Election Day (hospitalized voters).

Maine

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

Maryland

  • In Person:
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Postmarked on or before Election Day and received by 10am, 10 days after Election Day.

Massachusetts

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

Michigan

  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Election Day.

Minnesota

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

Mississippi

  • In Person:
  • By Mail: 8 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Received 1 day before Election Day (by mail); Received 3 days before Election Day (in person).

Missouri

  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day
  • By Mail: 13 days before Election Day
  • Online:
Election Day.

Montana

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

Nebraska

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

Nevada

  • In Person:
  • By Mail: 14 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Election Day.

New Hampshire

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

New Jersey

  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Election Day.

New Mexico

  • In Person: 4 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 4 days before Election Day.
Election Day.

New York

  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received 7 days after Election Day.

North Carolina

  • In Person:
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day
  • Online:
Postmarked by Election Day and received by 3 days after Election Day.

North Dakota

  • In Person:
  • By Mail: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received 5 days after Election Day.

Ohio

  • In Person: 1 day before election day.
  • By Mail: Received 3 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received 10 days after Election Day.

Oklahoma

  • In Person: 6 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 6 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 6 days before Election Day.
Election Day.

Oregon

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

Pennsylvania

  • In Person: 4 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 4 days before Election Day.
Received 4 days before Election Day.

Rhode Island

  • In Person:
  • By Mail: 21 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Election Day.

South Carolina

  • In Person: 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Election Day.

South Dakota

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

Tennessee

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

Texas

  • In Person: 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Postmarked by Election Day and received by the day after Election Day.

Utah

  • In Person: N/A
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A
Postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received 6 days after Election Day.

Vermont

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

Virginia

  • In Person: 3 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: 7 days before Election Day.
Election Day.

Washington

  • In Person:
  • By Mail: No specific deadline. We recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Postmarked by Election Day and received 5 days after Election Day.

West Virginia

  • In Person:
  • By Mail: 6 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Postmarked by Election Day and received by 6 days after Election Day. (Ballots with no postmark will be counted if received by 1 day after Election Day.)

Wisconsin

  • In Person: 4 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: 5 days before Election Day.
  • Online:
Election Day.

Wyoming

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