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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StateAbsentee Ballot Application DeadlineVoted Absentee Ballot is Due

Alabama

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

Postmarked 1 day before Election Day, received by noon on 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: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 7pm on Election Day.

Arkansas

  • In Person: Received 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received by 7:30pm on Election Day.

California

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

Postmarked by Election Day and received within 3 days of Election Day.

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.

Connecticut

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

Received Election Day.

Delaware

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

Received Election Day.

District of Columbia

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

Received by 8pm Election Day, or postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than 7 days after Election Day.

Florida

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

Received by 7pm on Election Day.

Georgia

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

Election Day.

Hawaii

  • In Person: N/A
  • 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

Received by 7pm on Election Day.

Idaho

  • 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 8pm Election Day.

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.

Indiana

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

Received by 12pm on Election Day.

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 11 days before Election Day for the primary; 10 days before Election Day for the general election.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received by noon 6 days after Election Day.

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.

Kentucky

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

Received by 6pm Election Day.

Louisiana

  • In Person: Received by 4:30pm, 4 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by 4:30p.m., 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received by 4:30pm, 4 days before Election Day.

Received by 4:30pm, 1 day before Election Day (most voters). Election Day (hospitalized voters).

Maine

Deadlines have been extended for July 14, 2020 election: Applications for absentee ballots may be made in writing or in person up to and including the day of the election.

Below are the standard deadlines:

  • 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 Election Day.

Maryland

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

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

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 by noon, 1 day before Election Day, but we recommend applying at least 7 days before Election Day
  • Online: N/A

In addition to absentee voting, Massachusetts has early voting by mail available with the following deadlines:

  • In Person: Received by noon, 2 business days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by noon, 2 business days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received Election Day.

Michigan

  • In Person: Received 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received Election Day.

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.

Postmarked by Election Day, and received up to 7 days after Election Day if mailed, or by 3pm on Election Day if delivered in person.

Mississippi

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

Received by 5pm, 1 day before Election Day (by mail); Received 3 days before Election Day (in person).

Missouri

  • In Person: Received 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 13 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Received Election Day.

Montana

  • In Person: Received 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 Election Day.

Nebraska

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

Received Election Day.

Nevada

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

Postmarked on or before Election Day.

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.

New Jersey

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

Postmarked by Election Day and received within 48 hours of polls closing.

New Mexico

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

Received by 7pm Election Day.

New York

  • In Person: Received 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: N/A

Postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received 7 days after Election Day. Voted ballots can also be turned in by hand on election day.

North Carolina

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

Postmarked no later than Election Day and received no later than 3 days after Election Day, or delivered in person on Election Day.

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: No specific deadline.

Postmarked 1 day before Election Day.

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

Oklahoma

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

Received by 7pm on Election Day.

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

Received by 8pm on Election Day.

Pennsylvania

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

Received by 8pm on Election Day.

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.

South Carolina

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

Received by 7pm on Election Day.

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 Election Day.

Tennessee

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

Received Election Day.

Texas

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

Postmarked by Election Day and received by the day after Election Day.

Utah

  • In Person: N/A
  • 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

Postmarked 1 day before Election Day and received 6 days after Election Day.

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.

Received Election Day.

Virginia

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

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

Washington

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

Postmarked by Election Day and received 5 days after Election Day.

West Virginia

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

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

Received by 8pm on Election Day.

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.