Voting by mail is a convenient and accessible way to cast your vote from your home. To vote by mail, follow these simple steps:
1. First, make sure you’re registered to vote. You can register here. If you are not sure about your Voter Registration, you check your status here.
2. Once you are registered, you can then request your absentee ballot for your state by filling out an application form. Find out how to get started on your Secretary of State’s website.
- It’s important to note that not all states participate in the vote by mail process.
- Thirty-four states, including Washington, D.C. allow “no excuse” absentee voting, which means anyone eligible to vote qualifies to apply and receive an absentee or mail-in ballot.
- Some states have been making exceptions during the COVID-19 pandemic — check your Secretary of State’s website to find out more.
- Some states may request you to provide a reason for why you are applying to vote by mail.
If you live in a state that has universal vote-by-mail and you are a registered voter, you may not need to request a ballot and will be automatically sent one. Check your Secretary of State’s website to find out.
3. Once your application is approved, your ballot will be mailed to you where you can fill it out from home. You can take your time with your ballot and research candidates, ballot questions, and issues before making your final decision. Once your ballot is completed, you must send it back immediately and before your state’s deadline.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many states are expanding vote by mail so that everyone can vote safely. Make sure you are aware of your state’s rules and regulations in response to COVID-19 by checking your Secretary of State’s website and following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for big updates.