How do absentee and mail ballots work?
The specific rules for each state vary, but here are the general steps to voting by mail.
- Register to vote.
- Request a mail ballot from your election official.
- Receive a blank ballot in the mail from your local election official.
- Return the voted ballot on or before election day.
In some states there is a difference between "absentee" and "vote by mail" or "mail-in voting" but the VoteAmerica tool works for either one, regardless of your state.
Please note, the following jurisdictions will automatically send a vote-by-mail ballot to every registered voter ahead of the November 3, 2020 General Election: CA, CO, DC, HI, NV, NJ, OR, UT, VT, WA.