Tuesday, September 8, 2020

VOTE............ The Status of Voting in Your State. September 2020

 

The Status of Voting in Your State

September 8, 2020

 

The voting process for the presidential election, now just 56 days away, has begun! 

 Last Friday, North Carolina became the first state to mail out absentee ballots, two months prior to Election Day.

 

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, 20 states have temporarily or permanently changed their early vote or absentee voting rules in the interest of public safety.

 Currently, 38 states and the District of Columbia permit no-excuse early voting in some form and all states allow for some form of absentee or mail-in balloting. However, some still require voters to provide a valid excuse for being unable to vote on Election Day -- even during the pandemic.

 In addition to the traditional absentee voting, four-fifths of the states provide early voting in which a qualified voters may cast their ballots in person at a polling place prior to an election. 

 

North Carolina has logged more than 643,000 absentee ballot requests, compared to 39,000 at this time in 2016


 




 

According to a recent NBC/Survey Monkey survey, 52% of all Voters plan to vote early, including 33% by mail and 19% early in person. When broken down by party, however, 54% of Republicans say they plan to vote in person and 39% early by mail or in person. By contrast, only 22% of Democrats say they plan to vote in person, with 71% planning to vote early by mail or in person.

 For our followers, the status of the early voting options in each state. As always, DemList will keep you informed on all updates and developments!

 State-by-State Early Voting Laws

State/Governor

Republican

Democrat

Early Vote Begins
(Days before election)

Early Vote Ends

Alabama

No Early Vote

N/A

Alaska

15 Days

Election Day

Arizona

26 Days

Friday before election

Arkansas

15 Days

5:00pm, Day before election

California

29 Days

Day before election

Colorado

All Mail Voting, 15 Days

Election Day

Connecticut

No Early Vote

N/A

Delaware

No Early Vote (absentee only)

N/A

District of Columbia (Mayor)

7 Days, but in-person absentee voting available 15 Days before

Saturday before election for early voting, Day before election for in-person absentee

Florida

10 Days, but may be offered 11 to 15 days before an election that contains state and federal races

3 Days before election, but may end 2 Days before an election that contains state and federal races

Georgia

Fourth Monday before election

Friday immediately prior to an election

Hawaii

All Mail Voting, 10 Working Days 

Saturday before election

Idaho

Third Monday before election (in-person absentee)

5:00pm, Friday before election

Illinois

40 Days for temporary polling locations and 15 Days for permanent locations

End of the Day, Day before election day

Indiana

28 Days (in-person absentee)

Noon, Day before election

Iowa

29 Days (in-person absentee)

5:00pm, Day before election

Kansas

20 Days or Tuesday before election (Varies by County)

Noon, Day before election

Kentucky

22 Day

Day before election

Louisiana

14 Days

7 Days before election

Maine

30-45 Days (in-person absentee as soon a ballots are ready)

Three Business Days before election, unless voter has an acceptable excuse

Maryland

Second Thursday before election

Thursday before election

Massachusetts

11 Days

Second Business Day before election

Michigan

40 Days (in-person absentee)

Day before election

Minnesota

46 Days (in-person absentee)

5:00pm, Day before election

Mississippi

No Early Vote

N/A

Missouri

No Early Vote

N/A

 

At present, nine states and Washington, DC automatically send ballots to voters and ten states automatically send voters an absentee ballot application.

 

Five states - Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington - conduct "all-mail elections," which are conducted primarily by mail.

 

Governor

Republican

Democrat

Early Vote Begins
(Days before election)

Early Vote Ends

Montana

30 Days (in-person absentee)

Day before election

Nebraska

30 Days

Election Day

Nevada

Third Saturday before election

Friday before election

New Hampshire

No Early Vote

New Jersey

45 Days (in-person absentee)

3:00pm, Day before election

New Mexico

Third Saturday before election

Saturday before election

New York

10 Days

Second Day before election

North Carolina

Third Thursday before election

3:00pm, last Saturday before election

North Dakota

15 Days

Day before election

Ohio

28 Days (in-person absentee)

2:00pm, Monday before election

Oklahoma

5 Days (in-person absentee)

2:00pm, Saturday before election

Oregon

All Mail Voting, Up to 18 Days

Election Day

Pennsylvania

50 Days 

Tuesday before election

Rhode Island

20 Days

Day before election

South Carolina

36 Days (in-person absentee)

N/A

South Dakota

45 Days (in-person absentee)

5:00pm, Day before election

Tennessee

20 Days

Five Days before election

Texas

17 Days

Four Days before election

Utah

All Mail Voting, 14 Days

Friday before election (may vary by county)

Vermont

45 Days (in-person absentee)

5:00pm, Day before election

Virginia

45 Days

5:00pm, Saturday before election

Washington

All Mail Voting, 18 Days

Election Day

West Virginia

13 Days

Three Day before election

Wisconsin

14 Days (in-person absentee)

Sunday before election

Wyoming

46 Days (in-person absentee)

Day before election

 

Information is drawn from numerous resources, which vary greatly. Let us know if changes or corrections!

 

National Request Your Ballot Day is Thursday, September 10th!

Check your registration: VoteAmerica.com and Vote.org

Source:  National Council of State Legislatures, Ballotpedia, CNET, NPR, Official SOS/State Election Sites

 

 


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